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DiffractX: A Simulation Toolbox for Diffractive X-ray Optics
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Biomedical and X-ray Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8604-735X
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Biomedical and X-ray Physics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Biomedical and X-ray Physics.
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Applied Physics, Biomedical and X-ray Physics.
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2011 (English)In: 10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON X-RAY MICROSCOPY / [ed] McNulty, I; Eyberger, C; Lai, B, American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2011, Vol. 1365, 341-344 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

X-ray wavefront propagation is a powerful technique when simulating the performance of x-ray optical components. Using various numerical methods, interesting parameters such as focusing capability and efficiency can be investigated. Here we present the toolbox DiffractX, implemented in MATLAB. It contains many different wave propagation methods for the simulation of diffractive x-ray optics, including Fresnel propagation, the finite difference method (FDM), the thin object approximation, the rigorous coupled wave theory (RCWT), and the finite element method (FEM). All tools are accessed through a graphical interface, making the design of simulations fast and intuitive, even for users with little or no programming experience. The tools have been utilized to characterize realistic as well as idealized optical components. This will aid further developments of diffractive x-ray optics.

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American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2011. Vol. 1365, 341-344 p.
, AIP Conference Proceedings, ISSN 0094-243X ; 1365
Keyword [en]
wavefront-reconstruction imaging; X-ray diffraction; wave propagation; simulation
National Category
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-73363DOI: 10.1063/1.3625374ISI: 000298672400081ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80053310440OAI: diva2:488815
10th International Conference on X-ray Microscopy. Univ Chicago, Chicago, IL. AUG 15-20, 2010

QC 20120202

Available from: 2012-02-02 Created: 2012-02-02 Last updated: 2016-03-24Bibliographically approved
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1. 3D X-ray microscopy: image formation, tomography and instrumentation
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2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Tomography in soft X-ray microscopy is an emerging technique for obtaining quantitative 3D structural information about cells. One of its strengths, compared with other techniques, is that it can image intact cells in their near-native state at a few 10 nm’s resolution, without staining. However, the methods for reconstructing 3D-data rely on algorithms that assume projection data, which the images are generally not due to the imaging systems’ limited depth of focus. To bring out the full potential of tomography in soft X-ray microscopy an improved understanding of the image formation is desired.

This Thesis reviews zone plate-based X-ray microscopy for biological imaging and the theory necessary for a numerical implementation of a 3D image formation model. Furthermore, a novel reconstruction approach is proposed that improves the overall resolution in a reconstruction of a tomographically imaged object. This is demonstrated by simulations and experiments. Finally, this Thesis covers work on the Stockholm X-ray microscope, including an upgrade of the X-ray source yielding unprecedented brightness for a compact system. With this upgrade it was possible to do high-quality imaging of cells in their near-native state with only 10 second exposures.

Abstract [sv]

Tomografi i mjukröntgenmikroskopi är en ny teknik för att få ut kvantitativ strukturell 3D information om celler. Dess styrka jämfört med andra tekniker är att den kan avbilda intakta celler i deras nära naturliga tillstånd med ett par 10 nm upplösning, utan omfattande preparering. Dock är metoderna för att rekonstruera 3D-data beroende av algoritmer som antar projektionsdata, vilket bilderna i allmänhet inte är på grund av avbildningsystemens begränsade skärpedjup. För att få ut den fulla potentialen av tomografi i röntgenmikroskopi behövs en ökad förståelse för avbildningsprocessen.

Denna avhandling behandlar zonplatte-baserad röntgenmikroskopi för biologisk avbildning och den nödvändiga teorin för en numerisk implementering av en avbildningsmodell i 3D. En ny rekonstruktionsmetod föreslås som förbättrar upplösningen i rekonstruktionen för ett tomografiskt avbildat objekt. Detta visas i simuleringar och experiment. Slutligen omfattar denna avhandling arbete på Stockholms mjukröntgenmikroskop, inklusive en uppgradering av röntgenkällan som ger oöverträffad ljusstyrka för ett kompakt system. Denna uppgradering möjliggör högkvalitativ avbildning av celler i deras nästan naturliga tillstånd med endast 10 sekunders exponering.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. viii, 75 p.
TRITA-FYS, ISSN 0280-316X ; 2016:15
X-ray microscopy, image formation theory, partial coherence in imaging, wave propagation, tomography, instrumentation
National Category
Physical Sciences
Research subject
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-184095 (URN)978-91-7595-914-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-04-22, FD5, Albanova universitetscentrum, Roslagstullsbacken 21, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Swedish Research CouncilKnut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

QC 20160324

Available from: 2016-03-24 Created: 2016-03-23 Last updated: 2016-03-24Bibliographically approved

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