2D and 3D x-ray phase retrieval of multi-material objects using a single defocus distance

Mario Alejandro Beltran, David Paganin, Kentaro Uesugi, Marcus John Kitchen

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    A method of tomographic phase retrieval is developed for multi-material objects whose components each has a distinct complex refractive index. The phase-retrieval algorithm, based on the Transport-of-Intensity equation, utilizes propagation-based X-ray phase contrast images acquired at a single defocus distance for each tomographic projection. The method requires a priori knowledge of the complex refractive index for each material present in the sample, together with the total projected thickness of the object at each orientation. The requirement of only a single defocus distance per projection simplifies the experimental setup and imposes no additional dose compared to conventional tomography. The algorithm was implemented using phase contrast data acquired at the SPring-8 Synchrotron facility in Japan. The three-dimensional (3D) complex refractive index distribution of a multi-material test object was quantitatively reconstructed using a single X-ray phase-contrast image per projection. The technique is robust in the presence of noise, compared to conventional absorption based tomography. (C) 2010 Opitcal Society of America
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6423 - 6436
    Number of pages14
    JournalOptics Express
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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