Grenoble, 21-26 May 2006

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A huge development of synchrotron radiation based X-ray imaging techniques (absorption, phase contrast, diffraction, fluorescence, …) occurred over the last few years. It rests on the association of the beam features with the new detectors and computers. It can be characterized using a few key words such as "three-dimensional", "high spatial resolution", "coherent beams", "in-situ", "real-time", and "combination of techniques". The purpose of this Hercules Specialized Course is to give the participants an introduction to the basic principles of imaging techniques (microscopy, microtomography, analyzer-based imaging, diffraction topography, ...) using synchrotron radiation, together with the elements to understand the contrast within the images. The lectures will, in addition provide examples illustrating the possibilities of these imaging techniques, and their application to a range of topics (which include physical, medical, materials science and engineering subjects, but also new areas like geophysical, environmental, archaeological and biological studies).

The lectures, which will cover both theoretical and experimental aspects, will be complemented by tutorials (3D image reconstruction, image processing) and practicals. These practicals will be performed on four beamlines of the X-ray Imaging Group of the ESRF (BM05, ID17, ID19 and ID21/ID22).


Introduction to SR imaging, Absorption, phase contrast and microbeam-based imaging, medical imaging, analyser-based imaging, diffraction imaging, micro-spectroscopy, image processing, three dimensional images: reconstruction and analysis.


J. Baruchel, N. Petricola (secretariat)



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