Recent Coherent X-ray Literature Round-Up

Electrospray approach to single-particle diffraction at XFEL facilities:

M. Bogan, W. Benner, S. Boutet et al., “Single Particle X-ray Diffractive Imaging,” Nano Letters 8, 310-316 (2008)

A study of SiN etched “logo” pattern x-ray induced destruction, similar to Chapman’s Nature Physics 2006 work (Cowboys holding hands logo, doi:10.1038/nphys461):

A. Barty, S. Boutet, M. J. Bogan et al., “Ultrafast single-shot diffraction imaging of nanoscale dynamics,” Nat Photon 2, 415-419 (2008)

Lens-less imaging of Fresnel Zone Plate using ptychography – scanning coherent diffraction – improvement in resolution and illumination function from FZP reconstruction by Rodenburg et al. PRL 98, 034801 (2007):

P. Thibault, M. Dierolf, A. Menzel et al., “High-Resolution Scanning X-ray Diffraction Microscopy,” Science321, 379-382 (2008)

Tabletop coherent soft x-ray microscopy by UColorado group – an exciting alternative to large XFEL machines:

R. L. Sandberg, C. Song, P. W. Wachulak et al., “High numerical aperture tabletop soft x-ray diffraction microscopy with 70-nm resolution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105, 24-7 (2008)

X-ray holography with 5 reference beams is obviously better than holography with 3 or 1 reference beams. How about 1,000,000 reference beams? This is what can be accomplished with uniformly redundant arrays:

S. Marchesini, S. Boutet, A. E. Sakdinawat et al., “Massively parallel X-ray holography,” Nat Photon 2, 560-563 (2008)

Coherent imaging of 80-100nm particle (in SAXS mode, similar to work by Miao group) with 5nm resolution, but done at 15 keV. Coherent fraction of the beam drops off as lambda^2, and efficiency of area x-ray detectors is substantially reduced at higher energies too. But at higher energies one can capture more of the Q range for the same solid angle defined by scattering geometry. Still, 5 nm number is better resolution that I expected – this should imply there are at least 15-20 highly visible fringes in diffraction pattern, instead of 7 or so. Maybe it’s log scale of intensity that hides extra fringes…

C. G. Schroer, P. Boye, J. M. Feldkamp et al., “Coherent X-Ray Diffraction Imaging with Nanofocused Illumination,” Physical Review Letters 101, 090801-4 (2008)

A review article on coherent x-ray diffractive imaging of small particles:

J. Miao, T. Ishikawa, Q. Shen and T. Earnest, “Extending X-ray crystallography to allow the imaging of noncrystalline materials, cells, and single protein complexes,” Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 59, 387-410 (2008)

First example of x-ray holography in hard x-ray regime. Sample preparation is quite a bit more challenging.

L. Stadler, C. Gutt, T. Autenrieth et al., “Hard X Ray Holographic Diffraction Imaging,” Physical Review Letters 100, 245503-4 (2008)

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2 Responses to Recent Coherent X-ray Literature Round-Up

  1. jonathan will says:

    how about Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 055501 (2008).

  2. oleg says:

    Jonathan – thanks! I did notice that paper – very nice work – one of the few that apply reconstruction to “real-world” systems, but apparently I forgot to comment on it.

    You may be interested in this feed for updates in coherent x-ray scattering, the PRL paper you mention was marked back in July when it came out:

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