Micro-Computed Tomography (MCT) beamline at ANSTO/Australian Synchrotron: a progress report

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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation
The Micro-Computed Tomography (MCT) beamline is one of the first new beamlines to be constructed at the Australian Synchrotron as part of the BRIGHT program. MCT will complement the existing X-ray imaging/tomography capability provided by the Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL), and will target applications requiring higher (sub-micron) spatial resolution and involving smaller samples. MCT will be a bendingmagnet beamline, operating in the 8 to 40 keV range, based on a double-multilayer monochromator. Filtered white and pink beams will also be available, the latter utilising a single-(vertical)bounce mirror. MCT will benefit from X-ray phase-contrast modalities (such as propagation-based, grating-based and speckle) in addition to conventional absorption contrast, and be equipped with a robotic stage for rapid sample exchange. A higher-resolution CT configuration based on the use of a Fresnel zone plate system will also be available. A number of sample environmental stages, such as for high temperature and the application of loads, are planned in collaboration with certain groups in the user community. Anticipated application areas for non-destructive 3D sample characterisation include biomedical/ health science, food, materials science, and palaeontology. This presentation will provide an update on the progress of the MCT project, including the procurement of three state-of-the-art X-ray detector systems, and the significant scientific-computing effort required to meet the demands of this high-performance imaging beamline. © The Authors
Tomography, Computerized tomography, Beams, Research programs, ANSTO, Australian organizations
Stevenson, A., Arhatari, B., Banerjee, R., Bosworth, R., Fiala, T., Graham, B., Griffin, E., Lee, J., McKinlay, J., Michalczyk, A., Millen, C., Oelsfsem, S., Ozbilgen, S., Rakman., A., Sarris, N., Tabar., E., Tissa, P., Walsh, A., Wirthensohn, J., & Harvey, E. (2021). Micro-Computed Tomography (MCT) beamline at ANSTO/Australian Synchrotron: a progress report. Presentation to the ANSTO User Meeting, 24-26 November 2021, Online. Retrieved from: https://events01.synchrotron.org.au/event/146/contributions/4330/contribution.pdf