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Detector for Scanning Transmission X-Ray Microscopy



  Detector for Scanning Transmission X-Ray Microscopy  
  X-ray microscopy has evolved when synchrotrons became bright sources of monochromatic and coherent X-ray photons, and with the improvement of X-ray nanofocusing optics. A typical scanning X-ray microscope or microprobe uses a Fresnel zone plate to focus a primary beam of X-rays to a spot with a diameter between 30 nm (in the soft X-ray range) and 150 nm (in the hard X-ray range).   Schematic of the scanning transmission X-ray microscope at the National Synchrotron Light Source.(Brookhaven National Laboratory).(Courtesy of B. Hornberger, Stony Brook University)
  An image is obtained by scanning the specimen through the focus and measuring the transmitted intensity for each scan pixel.  
  Such a setup is shown in the figure on the right and the Figure to the left. Among the advantages of X-ray microscopy in comparison to classical microscopy with visible light, there is greater sample penetration as well as less radiation damages as compared to electron microscopes. Specimens can be studied under atmospheric pressure and no preparation like conductive coating is necessary so that biological samples can be imaged in their natural state.
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 Schematic of the detector princinple: In a scanning X-ray microscope, a zone plate lens is used to produce an X-ray focus, through which the specimen is raster-scanned(Courtesy of B. Hornberger, Stony Brook University)