This book gives a thorough treatment of the rapidly-expanding field of coherent x-ray optics, which has recently experienced something of a renaissance with the availability of third-generation synchrotron sources. It is the first book of its kind. The author begins with a treatment of the fundamentals of x-ray diffraction for both coherent and partially coherent radiation, together with the interactions of x-rays with matter. X-ray sources, optics elements and detectors are then discussed, with an emphasis on their role in coherent x-ray optics. Various facets of coherent x-ray imaging are then discussed, including holography, interferometry, self-imaging, phase contrast and phase retrieval. Lastly, the foundations of the new field of singular x-ray optics are examined. Most topics are developed from first principles, with numerous references given to the contemporary research literature. This book will be useful to x-ray physicists and students, together with optical physicists and engineers who wish to learn more about the fascinating subject of coherent x-ray optics.
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Dr. David Paganin
School of Physics
David Paganin is an optical physicist with particular interests in x-ray and electron optics, although he also works on the optics of both visible light and matter waves. He received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 1999, for work in deterministic phase retrieval using both matter and radiation wave-fields. From 1999 until 2001 he was a postdoctoral fellow, working at both the University of Melbourne and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in x-ray phase contrast imaging and phase retrieval. From the beginning of 2002 until the present, he has worked as a physics lecturer at Monash University in Clayton, Australia. In 2002 he shared an "R&D100 Award" for the co-invention of "Quantitative Phase Microscopy", the core algorithm for which was developed during his PhD studies. He has authored over 30 refereed publications, which have attracted almost 500 citations in the open literature, together with 2 book chapters and 2 patents.
"... a high-quality book ... a timely topic."
--John Helliwell, University of Manchester
"... excellent and timely in a rapidly growing field."
--Janos Kirz , State University of New York at Stony Brook
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