Ptychographic X-ray speckle tracking with multi-layer Laue lens systems

Andrew J. Morgan, Kevin T. Murray, Mauro Prasciolu, Holger Fleckenstein, Oleksandr Yefanov, Pablo Villanueva-Perez, Valerio Mariani, Martin Domaracky, Manuela Kuhn, Steve Aplin, Istvan Mohacsi, Marc Messerschmidt, Karolina Stachnik, Yang Du, Anja Burkhart, Alke Meents, Evgeny Nazaretski, Hanfei Yan, Xiaojing Huang, Yong S. ChuHenry N. Chapmana, Sasa Bajt

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The ever-increasing brightness of synchrotron radiation sources demands improved X-ray optics to utilize their capability for imaging and probing biological cells, nano-devices and functional matter on the nanometre scale with chemical sensitivity. Hard X-rays are ideal for high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic applications owing to their short wavelength, high penetrating power and chemical sensitivity. The penetrating power that makes X-rays useful for imaging also makes focusing them technologically challenging. Recent developments in layer deposition techniques have enabled the fabrication of a series of highly focusing X-ray lenses, known as wedged multi-layer Laue lenses. Improvements to the lens design and fabrication technique demand an accurate, robust, in situ and at-wavelength characterization method. To this end, a modified form of the speckle tracking wavefront metrology method has been developed. The ptychographic X-ray speckle tracking method is capable of operating with highly divergent wavefields. A useful by-product of this method is that it also provides high-resolution and aberration-free projection images of extended specimens. Three separate experiments using this method are reported, where the ray path angles have been resolved to within 4nrad with an imaging resolution of 45nm (full period). This method does not require a high degree of coherence, making it suitable for laboratory-based X-ray sources. Likewise, it is robust to errors in the registered sample positions, making it suitable for X-ray free-electron laser facilities, where beam-pointing fluctuations can be problematic for wavefront metrology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-936
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Crystallography
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • X-ray optics
  • X-ray speckle tracking
  • multi-layer Laue lenses
  • ptychography
  • wavefront metrology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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