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Three-dimensional colour X-Ray imaging

From: David Cottier-Angeli <dca<-at->
Date: Friday, January 25, 2013
New potential of x-rays imaging for conservation

Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed a camera
that can be used to take powerful three dimensional colour X-ray
images, in near real-time, without the need for a synchrotron X-ray
source.

Professor Robert Cernik says:

   "The fact that we can now use this technology in a laboratory
    setting is a substantial step forward. When we first developed
    the idea five years ago we needed the power of a synchrotron to
    produce the X-Rays.  In addition we only had access to silicon
    based detectors.  This is a problem because silicon is a light
    atom and will not stop the high energy X-rays that come through
    large objects.  Now we can achieve the same imaging results with
    an 80 x 80 pixel camera (made from cadmium zinc telluride) that
    supports real-time hyperspectral X-ray imaging up to very high
    energies."

Further details available to

    Morwenna Grills
    Media Relations Officer
    Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
    The University of Manchester
    +44 161 275 2111
    Mobile: +44 7920 087466
    morwenna.grills<-at->manchester<.>ac<.>uk

This is certainly a great progress for diagnosing intricate and
composite artefacts.

David Cottier-Angeli
Associated Member of the Swiss Chamber of Technical and Scientific
    Forensic Experts
5C Route des Jeunes
CH-1227 Geneva
+41 22 300 19 55
Mobile: +41 79 319 319 0


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