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Ian Robinson

Professor Ian Robinson

Professor Ian Robinson

Research Fellow

Grants awarded

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Organisation: University College London

Dates: Jan 2006-Dec 2010

Value: £130,000

Summary: I have developed a series of innovative X-ray imaging methods that exploit the high coherence of the latest 3rd generation X-ray synchrotron sources, of which the Diamond Light Source (DLS) is the UK’s newest operating facility. Coherent X-ray Diffraction (CXD) is the basic method. Unlike X-ray microscopy methods, CXD aims to capture the diffraction pattern from the sample directly and invert it using a computational algorithm rather than using a lens. X-ray lenses do exist but have many drawbacks, not the least of which is their inefficiency. The X-ray dose to the sample is much higher in a lens-based microscope while CXD can use every photon as efficiently as possible.

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