An x-ray phase tomographic microscope has been developed by optimizing the optical system for 9-keV synchrotron x rays at BL37XU, SPring-8, Japan. The system consists of a full-field x-ray imaging microscope and a Talbot interferometer. In contrast with our previous system, a Fresnel zone plate for the microscope objective and transmission gratings of the interferometer was designed to improve the refraction sensitivity, with a larger field of view and a higher spatial resolution, utilizing a 28-m space available at BL37XU. An x-ray phase tomographic microscope with a field of view of 375 μm and a spatial resolution of 560 nm was thus constructed, even with a considerably low x-ray dosage. By applying this tomographic microscope to auditory bone specimens of young mice, it was shown that soft tissues in addition to bone tissue could be observed simultaneously without serious radiation damage.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)