Technical developments for computed tomography on the CENBG nanobeam line

N. Gordillo*, C. Habchi, L. Daudin, A. Sakellariou, F. Delalée, Ph Barberet, S. Incerti, H. Seznec, Ph Moretto

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    The use of ion microbeams as probes for computed tomography has proven to be a powerful tool for the three-dimensional characterization of specimens a few tens of micrometers in size. Compared to other types of probes, the main advantage is that quantitative information about mass density and composition can be obtained directly, using specific reconstruction codes. At the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux Gradignan (CENBG), this technique was initially developed for applications in cellular biology. However, the observation of the cell ultrastructure requires a sub-micron resolution. The construction of the nanobeam line at the Applications Interdisciplinaires des Faisceaux d'Ions en Region Aquitaine (AIFIRA) irradiation facility has opened new perspectives for such applications. The implementation of computed tomography on the nanobeam line of CENBG has required a careful design of the analysis chamber, especially microscopes for precise sample visualization, and detectors for scanning transmission ion microscopy (STIM) and for particle induced X-ray emission (PIXE). The sample can be precisely positioned in the three directions X, Y, Z and a stepper motor coupled to a goniometer ensures the rotational motion. First images of 3D tomography were obtained on a reference sample containing microspheres of certified diameter, showing the good stability of the beam and the sample stage, and the precision of the motion.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2206-2209
    Number of pages4
    JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
    Issue number20
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2011


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