X-ray image reconstruction from a diffraction pattern alone

S. Marchesini, H. He, H. N. Chapman, S. P. Hau-Riege, Aleksandr Noy, M. R. Howells, U. Weierstall, J. C H Spence

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A solution to the inversion problem of scattering would offer aberration-free diffraction-limited three-dimensional images without the resolution and depth-of-field limitations of lens-based tomographic systems. Powerful algorithms are increasingly being used to act as lenses to form such images. Current image reconstruction methods, however, require the knowledge of the shape of the object and the low spatial frequencies unavoidably lost in experiments. Diffractive imaging has thus previously been used to increase the resolution of images obtained by other means. Here we experimentally demonstrate an inversion method, which reconstructs the image of the obiect without the need for any such prior knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number140101
Pages (from-to)1401011-1401014
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number14
StatePublished - Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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