Birefringent coherent diffraction imaging

Dmitry Karpov, Tomy Dos Santos Rolo, Hannah Rich, Yuriy Kryuchkov, Boris Kiefer, E. Fohtung

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Directional dependence of the index of refraction contains a wealth of information about anisotropic optical properties in semiconducting and insulating materials. Here we present a novel high-resolution lens-less technique that uses birefringence as a contrast mechanism to map the index of refraction and dielectric permittivity in optically anisotropic materials. We applied this approach successfully to a liquid crystal polymer film using polarized light from helium neon laser. This approach is scalable to imaging with diffraction-limited resolution, a prospect rapidly becoming a reality in view of emergent brilliant X-ray sources. Applications of this novel imaging technique are in disruptive technologies, including novel electronic devices, in which both charge and spin carry information as in multiferroic materials and photonic materials such as light modulators and optical storage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpintronics IX
ISBN (Electronic)9781510602533
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventSpintronics IX - San Diego, United States
Duration: 28 Aug 20161 Sep 2016


ConferenceSpintronics IX
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Anisotropy
  • Birefringence
  • Coherent Difraction Imaging
  • Lasers
  • Liquid Crystal
  • Phase Retrieval
  • X-rays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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