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J. Imaging 2017, 3(4), 64; doi:10.3390/jimaging3040064

Small Angle Scattering in Neutron Imaging—A Review

Paul Scherrer Institut, PSI Aarebrücke, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen 1165, Denmark
European Spallation Source ERIC, 225 92 Lund, Sweden
Department of Radiation Science and Technology, Technical University Delft, 2628 Delft, The Netherlands
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Received: 6 November 2017 / Revised: 6 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 December 2017 / Published: 13 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Neutron Imaging)
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Conventional neutron imaging utilizes the beam attenuation caused by scattering and absorption through the materials constituting an object in order to investigate its macroscopic inner structure. Small angle scattering has basically no impact on such images under the geometrical conditions applied. Nevertheless, in recent years different experimental methods have been developed in neutron imaging, which enable to not only generate contrast based on neutrons scattered to very small angles, but to map and quantify small angle scattering with the spatial resolution of neutron imaging. This enables neutron imaging to access length scales which are not directly resolved in real space and to investigate bulk structures and processes spanning multiple length scales from centimeters to tens of nanometers. View Full-Text
Keywords: neutron imaging; neutron scattering; small angle scattering; dark-field imaging neutron imaging; neutron scattering; small angle scattering; dark-field imaging

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Strobl, M.; Harti, R.P.; Gruenzweig, C.; Woracek, R.; Plomp, J. Small Angle Scattering in Neutron Imaging—A Review. J. Imaging 2017, 3, 64.

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