High-contrast low-dose proton radiography of thin samples at the Tandetron accelerator
Nuclear Physics Institute Czech Ac. of Sc., p.r.i., Husinec-Rez 130, 250 68 Rez near Prague, Czech Republic
2 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Tech. Univ. in Prague, Technicka 4, 160 00 Prague 6, Czech Republic
3 Advacam, U Pergamenky 12, 170 00 Prague 7, Czech Republic
4 Faculty of Science, J. E. Purkinje University, Pasteurova 1, 400 96 Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
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Published online: 11 April 2022
We investigate the ability of using high-resolution position-sensitive pixel detector and standard non-scanning beams of low-energy protons in air as a flexible tool and simplified technique for density-sensitivity imaging of thin samples. Proton radiography can provide high contrast and low radiation dose delivered to the inspected sample. Density-sensitive contrast response can be provided by a single proton per imaging pixel. For this purpose, we use the silicon semiconductor high-resolution pixel detector Timepix3 to evaluate particle radiography of thin samples with monoenergetic low-energy proton beams from the Tandetron light-ion accelerator. Measurements were performed with various well-defined thin samples. A proton micro beam was used to test and evaluate the technique. Spatial information of the samples is provided by the imaging detector. Density-sensitive contrast is obtained from the measurement of small differences in the deposited energy of transmitted protons across the sample. The transmitted protons are detected with high spatial resolution in the pixel detector. The single particle tracks registered in the detector are analysed by detailed pattern recognition algorithms. Various of these track parameters of spectral response are used for imaging contrast. Resulting proton radiographies for various well-defined thin samples are presented.
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