Institute for Photon Science and Synchrotron Radiation

X-ray Imaging & X-ray Diffraction Imaging

Imaging for Materials Research and Life Sciences

X-ray imaging makes use of various contrast mechanisms (absorption, X-ray fluorescence, Fresnel and Bragg diffraction, dichroism, etc.) to image the 3-dimensional geometrical, chemical, and crystallographic structures of samples. Synchrotron imaging methods, which offer spatial resolution even into the nanometer range, are relevant for material research and diagnostics in engineering sciences, microsystem-technologies and nanotechnologies, for structural imaging in nanobiology and life sciences, for non-destructive testing of components and devices, for paleontology, cultural heritage, and other fields. These methods close the gap between conventional 2D and 3D imaging performed with techniques based on conventional laboratory X-ray sources and electron microscopy methods.

Imaging activities at IPS address both theoretical, computation and methodological approaches in both life science and materials science research. IPS experimental facilities include the imaging beamlines at the KIT Synchrotron, and at other synchrotron sources such as the ESRF and at PETRA III in Hamburg.