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Ptychographic Fresnel coherent diffraction tomography at the nanoscale

  • Nicholas W. Phillips , Corey T. Putkunz , Grant Van Riessen , Hannah D. Coughlan , Michael W. M. Jones and Brian Abbey


The spatial resolution of diffractive imaging techniques depends upon the numerical aperture of the detected scatter rather than any image forming optics. Fresnel coherent diffractive imaging has been developed over the past decade as a means for examining regions of interest within continuous samples and for overcoming many of the stagnation issues traditionally associated with coherent diffractive imaging. Ptychography meanwhile has been developed independently as a method of reconstructing the transmission function of extended objects from diffraction data recorded using a sequence of multiple overlapping probes on the sample. The relatively recent combination of these two methods has been found to provide substantial benefits over either of the two techniques when applied separately. The experimental requirements and basic principles of ptychographic Fresnel diffraction tomography are reviewed in this paper.

*Correspondence address, Dr. Brian Abbey, Department of Physics, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC 3086, Australia, Tel.: +61 3 9479 2645, E-mail:


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Received: 2013-10-08
Accepted: 2014-01-30
Published Online: 2014-08-15
Published in Print: 2014-07-14

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