This special volume of Advances in Imaging and Electron Physics details the current theory, experiments, and applications of neutron and x-ray optics and microscopy for an international readership across varying backgrounds and disciplines. Edited by Dr. Ted Cremer, these volumes attempt to provide rapid assimilation of the presented topics that include neutron and x-ray scatter, refraction, diffraction, and reflection and their potential application.

Key Features

  • Contributions from leading authorities
  • Informs and updates on all the latest developments in the field


Physicists, electrical engineers and applied mathematicians in all branches of image processing and microscopy as well as electron physics in general

Table of Contents


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Chapter 1 Introduction to Neutron and X-ray Optics

1 Compound Refractive Lenses for Neutrons and X-rays: Background and Theory

2 Experiments with Neutron Compound Refractive Lenses, Magnetic Lenses, and Microscopes

3 Experiments with X-ray Compound Refractive Lenses and Microscopes

4 Thermal Neutron Radiography, Coded Aperture, and Phase-Contrast Imaging

5 Experiments in Fast Neutron Radiography

6 A Brief History of Neutron Optics Before Compound Refractive Neutron Lenses

6 Background Reading

7 Brief History and Overview of Diffractive and Reflective X-ray Optics and Microscopy

Chapter 2 Compound Refractive Lenses and Prisms

1 The Compound Refractive Lens

2 Numerical Aperture and Thin Lenses

3 Biconcave Parabolic Lens: Path Length, Focal Length, and Absorption Aperture Radius

4 Biconcave Spherical Lens: Path Length, Focal Length, and Absorption Aperture Radius

5 Parabolic Aperture Radius in Spherical Biconcave CRLs

6 Matrix Representation of X-ray and Neutron Optics with Paraxial Approximation

7 Thin Lens Matrix and Ray Angle Deviation in a Thin Lens

8 Average CRL Transmission for X-rays or Neutrons

9 CRL Intensity Gain Including Attenuation

10 CRL Transverse and Axial Magnification

11 CRL Depth of Field and Depth of Focus

12 Modulation Transfer Function for CRL Resolution Determination

13 Calculation of CRL Modulation Transfer Function by Line Profile Measurements of Knife-Edge Images

14 CRL Field of View

15 Thick Lens CRLs

16 CRL Surface Roughness and Lens Alignment

17 Compound Refractive Prisms: X-ray and Neutron Deflection by a Single Prism

18 Deflection of X-rays and Neutrons in a Compound Refractive Prism

19 Calcula


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About the serial-volume-editor

Jay Theodore Cremer, Jr.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chief Scientist, Adelphi Technology, Inc.