Phase singularities are a ubiquitous feature of waves of all forms and represent a fundamental aspect of wave topology. An optical vortex phase singularity occurs when there is a spiral phase ramp about a point phase singularity. We report an experimental observation of an optical vortex in a field consisting of 9-keV x-ray photons. The vortex is created with an x-ray optical structure that imparts a spiral phase distribution to the incident wave field and is observed by use of diffraction about a wire to create a division-of-wave-front interferometer.
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