Applied Physics B

, 125:70 | Cite as

A “water window” tomography based on a laser-plasma double-stream gas-puff target soft X-ray source

  • P. W. Wachulak
  • A. TorrisiEmail author
  • W. Krauze
  • A. Bartnik
  • J. Kostecki
  • M. Maisano
  • A. M. Sciortino
  • H. Fiedorowicz


A desktop laser-plasma double-stream gas-puff target soft X-ray (SXR) source, operating in the so-called “water window” spectral range (λ = 2.3–4.4 nm). was successfully employed to acquire 3D tomographic images in transmission mode, using a Fresnel zone-plate microscope. The microscope, operating at the He-like nitrogen spectral line, 2.88-nm wavelength, allows acquiring 3D SXR volumetric reconstructions with a resolution of a few microns. The development of a compact system offers the possibility to obtain 3D reconstructed images in relatively short time and in a laboratory environment, without the involvement of large “photon facilities”, such as synchrotrons or free electron lasers, however, with the modest volume resolution at this point. The possibility to obtain three-dimensional images in the SXR wavelength range using a compact, laser-plasma based system may be useful for material and life sciences, where it is required to visualize small features of the samples in 3D that are not visible with a single 2D image. Details about the equipment and the setup constructions as well as some imaged samples will be presented and discussed.



This work was supported by the Polish National Science Centre, Opus programmes, Grant agreement number UMO-2015/17/B/ST7/03718, UMO-2015/19/B/ST3/00435, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program Laserlab-Europe IV, Grant number 654148 and by the Grant Agency for the Czech Republic, project GACR N. 18-07619S.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of OptoelectronicsMilitary University of TechnologyWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Nuclear Physics Institute, AS CRŘežCzech Republic
  3. 3.Faculty of MechatronicsWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland
  4. 4.Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental SciencesUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

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