Volume 83, Number 2, July 2008
Article Number 25002
Number of page(s) 4
Section Physics of Gases, Plasmas and Electric Discharges
Published online 30 June 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 25002
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/25002

Phase-contrast imaging of a soft biological object using X-pinch as X-ray source

R. Liu, X. X. Wang, X. B. Zou, N. G. Zeng and L. Y. He

Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University - Beijing, 100084, China

received 25 April 2008; accepted in final form 5 June 2008; published July 2008
published online 30 June 2008

The X-ray emission from an X-pinch was measured with diamond photoconducting detectors and a pinhole camera, and the results show that the X-ray source of the X-pinch is extremely small in size and high in brightness. As such, the X-pinch could be considered as an X-ray point source having a high spatial coherence that is required by a simplified scheme of X-ray phase-contrast imaging. The X-pinch was used as X-ray source for the phase-contrast imaging of a weakly X-ray-absorbing mosquito and an image with high contrast was obtained.

52.58.Lq - Z-pinches, plasma focus, and other pinch devices.
52.59.Ye - Plasma devices for generation of coherent radiation.

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