SNOM images of X-ray radiographs at nano-scale stored in a thin layer of lithium fluoride

C. Oliva, A. Ustione, S. Almaviva, G. Baldacchini, F. Bonfigli, F. Flora, A. Lai, R.M. Montereali, A.Ya. Faenov, T.A. Pikuz, M. Francucci, P. Gaudio, S. Martellucci, M. Richetta, L. Reale, A. Cricenti

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Abstract

In this work, we report a method to observe soft X-ray radiographs at nanoscale of various kind of samples, biological and metallic, stored in a thin layer of lithium fluoride, employing scanning near-field optical microscopy with an optical resolution that reaches 50 nm. lithium fluoride material works as a novel image detector for X-ray nano-radiographs, due to the fact that extreme ultraviolet radiation and soft X-rays efficiently produce stable point defects emitting optically stimulated visible luminescence in a thin surface layer. The bi-dimensional distribution of the so-created defects depends on the local nanostructure of the investigated sample. © 2008 The Authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490 - 495
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microscopy
Volume229
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology

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Oliva, C., Ustione, A., Almaviva, S., Baldacchini, G., Bonfigli, F., Flora, F., ... Cricenti, A. (2008). SNOM images of X-ray radiographs at nano-scale stored in a thin layer of lithium fluoride. Journal of Microscopy, 229(3), 490 - 495. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2818.2008.01932.x