New X-ray vision can reveal internal structure of objects

7 October 2013

A team of scientists, including UCL Chemistry's Andrew Beale, has developed a new kind of X-ray vision that is able to peer inside an object and map the three-dimensional distribution of its nano-properties in real time.

The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, explains how the new imaging technique uses scattered X-rays to form a three-dimensional reconstruction of the image.

More information is available on the MAPS website.

New X-ray vision can reveal internal structure of objects
Peering inside a catalyst: A new dual-method imaging technique allowed scientists to map the internal nanostructure of these cylindrical catalyst bodies non-destructively. The technique combines computed tomography (CT)—which makes "slices" of the 3-D structure (circles)—with x-ray particle distribution functions (PDFs, shown as graphs), to plot information about the internal nanostructure and chemistry (colors), pixel-by-pixel in three dimensions.
Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory