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  • Vol. 1, Iss. 6 — Jun. 13, 2006

Single-element objective lens for soft x-ray differential interference contrast microscopy

Chang Chang, Anne Sakdinawat, Peter Fischer, Erik Anderson, and David Attwood  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 10, pp. 1564-1566 (2006)

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High-resolution soft x-ray differential interference contrast (DIC) imaging was demonstrated through the use of a single-element objective, the XOR pattern, in a full-field soft x-ray microscope. DIC images of the magnetic domains in a 59 nm thick amorphous Gd 25 Fe 75 layer were obtained and magnetic phase contributions were directly imaged. With its elemental, chemical, and magnetic specificity, compatibility with various sample environments, and ease of implementation, we expect this soft x-ray DIC technique to become one of the standard modes of operation for existing full-field soft x-ray microscopes.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.5080) Diffraction and gratings : Phase shift
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(160.3820) Materials : Magneto-optical materials
(340.7460) X-ray optics : X-ray microscopy

ToC Category:
X-ray Optics

Original Manuscript: February 1, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: February 13, 2006

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Vol. 1, Iss. 6 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Chang Chang, Anne Sakdinawat, Peter Fischer, Erik Anderson, and David Attwood, "Single-element objective lens for soft x-ray differential interference contrast microscopy," Opt. Lett. 31, 1564-1566 (2006)

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