A03 – Correlated x-ray photons for incoherent diffraction imaging


The project aims to transfer photon correlation based imaging techniques from the domain of quantum optics to the field of x-ray structure analysis. In a first experiment of this kind, we imaged micron-sized 2D objects with incoherent soft x-rays. Here we extend this approach to 3D imaging of materials with atomic resolution. We will explore the method by employing shorter wavelengths, using inner-shell fluorescence radiation from transition metal atoms as well as nuclear fluorescence radiation from Mössbauer isotopes, to reach a novel regime of long coherence times for background-free detection. The technique has the potential for structure determination in regimes where coherent imaging methods are not applicable.

Project Leaders

Joachim von Zanthier

Speaker / Project leader A01/A03/C04/Z01

Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Staudtstraße 1
91058 Erlangen

Ralf Röhlsberger

Project leader A03/C04

Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY / Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena

Notkestr. 85
22607 Hamburg