Wednesday, September 4, 2013
NSF Funds New X-ray Computed Tomography Facilty
Thanks to a NSF Major Research Infrastructure grant, associate professor Shawn Litster, assistant professor Ryan Sullivan and a group of faculty from the college of engineering were able to acquire a nano-scale resolution X-ray computed tomography system.
The XCT Facility is a user facility that is open to researchers at Carnegie Mellon, other academic institutions, national labs, and industry on a user-fee based system. It is the only publicly accessible facility of its kind in the United States. The facility features cutting edge nano-CT instrumentation for the highest resolution 3D X-ray imaging available outside of synchroton beamline facilities. The advantage of X-ray CT is that it enables non-destructive, 3D imaging of an opaque material's internal structure in ambient and controlled environments. The facility is used in applications ranging from materials science, chemistry, nano-/micro-fabrication, energy technology, geology, atmospheric particle science and bio-medicine.