The feasibility of a transmission x-ray microscope operating in the 3-7 keV photon energy range using phase zone plates (ZPs) has been tested. It has been demonstrated that, at a photon energy of 4 keV, structures smaller than 150 nm can be resolved with good contrast using exposure times in the second to minute range. A large diameter gold ZP was used as condenser and a tungsten ZP with an outermost zone width of 128 nm was used as a high spatial resolution imaging objective lens. Images with a field size of 10×10 μm2 were acquired using a charge coupled device camera optically coupled to a phosphor screen. The corresponding pixel size in the object plane was 70 nm.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)