Inversion of X-ray diffuse scattering to images using prepared objects

H. He, S. Marchesini, M. Howells, U. Weierstall, H. Chapman, S. Hau-Riege, A. Noy, J. C H Spence

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The inversion of far-field scattered intensity to a near-field wave field (image) is demonstrated using soft-x-ray scattering from a random cluster of gold balls. The only a priori information assumed about the scatterer is compact support (an isolated object), a condition enforced by using an atomic force microscope to assist in the preparation of the object. The object support function is obtained from the autocorrelation function of the object. X-ray images of 50-nm-diam gold balls are obtained by this method with 10-nm resolution. The method may be applied to other radiations and to nanostructures and macromolecules which cannot be crystallized. Other favorable types of prepared objects are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number174114
Pages (from-to)1741141-1741143
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number17
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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