7 September 2006 Recent developments in microtomography at GeoSoilEnviroCARS
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A facility for x-ray computed microtomography (CMT) is operating as a national user facility for earth and environmental sciences research on the bending magnet beamline at the GeoSoilEnviroCARS sector at the Advanced Photon Source (APS). The APS bending magnet has a critical energy of 20 keV, and thus provides high flux at photon energies up to 100 keV, making it well suited to imaging a wide range of earth materials up to several cm in size. The beamline is equipped with a Si (111) double-crystal monochromator covering the energy range from 5 to 70 keV with beam sizes up to 50mm wide and 6mm high. The transmitted x-rays are imaged with a single crystal YAG or CdWO4 scintillator, a microscope objective and a 1300x1030 pixel 12-bit 5MHz CCD detector. The maximum spatial resolution is under 1.5 μm in both the transmission radiographs and the reconstructed slices. Data collection times for full 3-D datasets range from 5-60 minutes. This facility has been used for a wide range of studies, including multiphase fluids in porous media, high-pressure studies, meteorites, and hyper-accumulating plants. We present recent technical improvements in the system, which include improved optics for samples larger than 5mm, significant reduction of ring artifacts, and correction of mechanical errors in the rotation stage.
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Mark L. Rivers, Mark L. Rivers, Yanbin Wang, Yanbin Wang, "Recent developments in microtomography at GeoSoilEnviroCARS", Proc. SPIE 6318, Developments in X-Ray Tomography V, 63180J (7 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.681144; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.681144

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