Single-shot diffractive imaging with a table-top femtosecond soft X-ray laser-harmonics source

Journal Article

Coherent x-ray diffractive imaging is a powerful method for studies on nonperiodic structures on the nanoscale. Access to femtosecond dynamics in major physical, chemical, and biological processes requires single-shot diffraction data. Up to now, this has been limited to intense coherent pulses from a free electron laser. Here we show that laser-driven ultrashort x-ray sources offer a comparatively inexpensive alternative. We present measurements of single-shot diffraction patterns from isolated nano-objects with a single 20fs pulse from a table-top high-harmonic x-ray laser. Images were reconstructed with a resolution of 119 nm from the single shot and 62 nm from multiple shots. © 2009 The American Physical Society.

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Cited Authors

  • Ravasio, A; Gauthier, D; Maia, FRNC; Billon, M; Caumes, JP; Garzella, D; Géléoc, M; Gobert, O; Hergott, JF; Pena, AM; al, E

Published Date

  • 2009

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Volume / Issue

  • 103 / 2

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-9007

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.028104