Energy-resolved neutron tomography of an unconventional cultured pearl at a pulsed spallation source using a microchannel plate camera

G. Vitucci, T. Minniti, D. Di Martino, M. Musa, L. Gori, D. Micieli, W. Kockelmann, K. Watanabe, A. S. Tremsin, G. Gorini

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Abstract

A non-destructive neutron analysis technique performed at the IMAT beamline of the STFC (Science and Technology Facility Council), UK, is presented. In this experiment, neutrons of different energy have been exploited to obtain a tomographic reconstruction of a biomineralic sample, more specifically a cultured pearl, by using a time-resolving pixel camera, the MicroChannel Plate (MCP) detector, utilizing an array of 2 × 2 Timepix readout chips. The MCP camera is capable of energy-resolved two-dimensional mapping of neutron transmission with a spatial resolution of ~ 55 μm. By using a Simultaneous Iterative Reconstruction Technique (SIRT), virtual sections of the internal part of the sample have been created, thus revealing several features inside its bulk. The crystallographic phase map via Bragg edge analysis, showing a phase fraction distribution on the entire specimen, has been generated as well. Finally, 3D volume rendering of the pearl is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-479
Number of pages7
JournalMicrochemical Journal
Volume137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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