Snapshot molecular imaging using coded energy-sensitive detection

Joel A. Greenberg, Kalyani Krishnamurthy, David Brady

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We demonstrate a technique for measuring the range-resolved coherent scatter form factors of different objects from a single snapshot. By illuminating the object with an x-ray pencil beam and placing a coded aperture in front of a linear array of energy-sensitive detector elements, we record the coherently scattered x-rays. This approach yields lateral, range, and momentum transfer resolutions of 1 mm, 5 mm, and 0.2 nm1, respectively, which is sufficient for the distinguishing a variety of solids and liquids. These results indicate a path toward real-time volumetric molecular imaging for non-destructive examination in a variety of applications, including medical diagnostics, quality inspection, and security detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25480-25491
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 21 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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