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Research -
X-ray phase-contrast imaging.
X-ray phase-contrast imaging is an emerging technique for visualising the inner structure of objects with high contrast. The method analyses the phase shift of x-rays caused by a sample in the beam rather than their absorption as done in conventional x-ray imaging. Due to its higher sensitivity to small density differences, phase-contrast imaging often yields superior results compared to absorption imaging. X-ray phase-contrast imaging has found applications in various fields such as biomedical imaging, materials science, and security screening and a number of different methods have been developed in the last decades.
My research at Diamond focusses on the development and implementation of techniques for x-ray phase-contrast imaging at I13 Beamline. Several methods for performing phase-sensitive imaging have been developed in the last decades, including x-ray grating interferometry. Recently, methods using x-ray near-field speckles have attracted increasing interest as they combine high sensitivity quantitative imaging with a simple experimental setup. For my PhD project I will be mainly working on the development and implementation of x-ray speckle-based imaging and grating interferometry at I13, also making these techniques available for users.
I am also involved in research on other x-ray imaging techniques here at I13, such as ptychography and in-line phase-contrast imaging.
My role as a PhD student at I13 (in collaboration with University College London) mainly entails research activities. In the future, I hope to be able to also provide some user support.


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My PhD is in collaboration with University College London (UCL) and I am partly funded by both, Diamond and UCL.

Publications - +
  • T. Zhou, I. Zanette, M. Zdora, U. Lundström, D. H. Larsson, H. M. Hertz, F. Pfeiffer, and A. Burvall. Speckle-based x-ray phase-contrast imaging with a laboratory source and the scanning technique, Opt. Lett. 40(12), 2822-2825 (2015).
  • I. Zanette, T. Zhou, A. Burvall, U. Lundström, D. H. Larsson, M. Zdora, P. Thibault, F. Pfeiffer, and H. M. Hertz. Speckle-Based X-Ray Phase-Contrast and Dark-Field Imaging with a Laboratory Source, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112(25), 253903 (2014).

Marie-Christine Zdora


Marie-Christine Zdora is a PhD student on beamline I13.  Marie-Christine joined Diamond in June 2015 after studying at Technische Universität München.

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