Quantized hard-x-ray phase vortices nucleated by aberrated nanolenses

Konstantin Pavlov, David Paganin, David Vine, Jelena Schmalz, Yoshio Suzuki, K Uesugi, Akihisa Takeuchi, Naoto Yagi, Alexander Kharchenko, Gabriel Blaj, Jan Jakubek, Matteo Altissimo, Jesse Clark

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Quantized x-ray phase vortices, namely, screw-type topological defects in the wave fronts of a coherent monochromatic scalar x-ray wave field, may be spontaneously nucleated by x-ray lenses. Phase retrieval is used to reconstruct the phase and amplitude of the complex disturbance created by aberrated gold nanolenses illuminated with hard x rays. A nanoscale quantized x-ray vortex-antivortex dipole is observed, manifest both as a pair of opposite-helicity branch points in the Riemann sheets of the multivalued x-ray phase map of the complex x-ray field and in the vorticity of the associated Poynting vector field
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 7
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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