Title

High-resolution neutron microtomography with noiseless neutron counting detector

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

10-1-2011

Abstract

The improved collimation and intensity of thermal and cold neutron beamlines combined with recent advances in neutron imaging devices enable high-resolution neutron radiography and microtomography, which can provide information on the internal structure of objects not achievable with conventional X-ray imaging techniques. Neutron detection efficiency, spatial and temporal resolution (important for the studies of dynamic processes) and low background count rate are among the crucial parameters defining the quality of radiographic images and tomographic reconstructions. The unique capabilities of neutron counting detectors with neutron-sensitive microchannel plates (MCPs) and with Timepix CMOS readouts providing high neutron detection efficiency (∼70% for cold neutrons), spatial resolutions ranging from 15 to 55 μm and a temporal resolution of ∼1 μs - combined with the virtual absence of readout noise - make these devices very attractive for high-resolution microtomography. In this paper we demonstrate the capabilities of an MCPTimepix detection system applied to microtomographic imaging, performed at the ICON cold neutron facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute. The high resolution and the absence of readout noise enable accurate reconstruction of texture in a relatively opaque wood sample, differentiation of internal tissues of a fly and imaging of individual ∼400 μm grains in an organic powder encapsulated in a ∼700 μm thick metal casing. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment

First Page

400

Last Page

403

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