CrystalCT: High Throughput 3D Crystallographic Imaging in Your Laboratory

Towards achieving large statistics and true sample representivity

X-ray tomography for 3D non-destructive imaging has been widely adopted and operated under two primary contrast mechanisms : X-ray absorption and phase contrast. Both rely on material density differences to absorbed X-rays and provide contrast.

However, single-phase polycrystalline materials (e.g., steels, alloys, ceramics) do not exhibit any absorption contrast that reveals the underlying grain microstructure. Synchrotron-based X-ray imaging methods (such as diffraction contrast tomography (DCT)) provide crystallographic information from the diffraction signals of single-phase polycrystalline samples, non-destructively and in three dimensions (3D).

Now, advancing laboratory X-ray microscopy (XRM) one step further, non-destructive 3D grain mapping is accessible in your home laboratory, enabled by lab-based diffraction contrast tomography available on ZEISS Xradia 620 Versa and ZEISS Xradia CrystalCT.

Today we will present to you in this web seminar the latest capabilities of laboratory-based DCT, including the recently introduced advanced diffraction scanning modes that address the challenge of achieving true sample representivity by seamlessly imaging massive volumes of samples at an unprecedented scale.

We will share application use cases of large volume grain mapping on a wide variety of materials ranging from metals, ceramics and geomaterials, with further discussions on how this unique laboratory X-ray imaging capability can solve your research problems.

Key Learnings

  • ZEISS Xradia CrystalCT is the first commercially available crystallographic imaging microCT system, leading to newer and deeper insights into materials research.
  • DCT for the mass materials scientists - from capability and pricing CrystalCT is the tool bringing synchrotron grain mapping to more labs
  • DCT for the mass materials science problems – with crystallographic imaging, multimodal imaging and being an essential part in correlative imaging across length scales.
  • Best in class resolution and image quality. Two imaging mode: absorption contrast and diffraction contrast imaging.
  • With advanced diffraction scanning modes, laboratory-based DCT frees sample size and geometry limitations – unlocks the characterization challenges for a wide engineering problems.
  • Industry leading 4D and in situ capabilities for flexible sample sizes and types.
  • Field convertible to industry leading Zeiss Xradia 3D X-Ray microscopes.

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Mr. Shaun Graham

Head of Materials Research, APAC

Ms. Yang Yanjing

Regional XRM Product and Application Specialist

Dr. Jun Sun

Application Specialist, Xnovo Technology ApS