X-ray imaging at high-brilliant sources – MAX IV and European XFEL

Event Date: 2020-09-29  

Pablo Villanueva Perez

Since their discovery by Röntgen in 1885, X-rays constitute an invaluable probe to study nature. The unique penetration power and short wavelength of X-rays allow us to develop microscopes capable of studying matter in a non-destructive manner in 2D and 3D at resolutions ranging from the micrometer scale down to the atomic scale. Such X-ray microscopes are only possible thanks to the development of brilliant X-ray sources such as storage rings. In recent years, we have experienced a large increase in X-ray sources’ brilliance due to the advent of diffraction-limited storage rings, such as MAX IV, and X-ray free-electron lasers, e.g., the European XFEL. This high-brilliant sources offer unique possibilities to develop novel X-ray imaging techniques. In this talk, we will present state-of-the-art X-ray imaging techniques that exploit the high-brilliance provided by X-ray Free-electron lasers and diffraction-limited storage rings. Furthermore, we will present future X-ray imaging techniques optimized for such facilities, which will allow us to explore matter in 3D at unprecedented spatial resolutions and film processes that could not be studied before.

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