Los Alamos and Livermore National Laboratories Deploy Xradia’s Synchrotron-caliber X-ray Imaging for Materials Science Studies
Non-destructive UltraXRM-L200 Lab-based Microscope Provides 3D Imaging at 50 nm
PLEASANTON, CA, April 24, 2012 – Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have each recently deployed Xradia’s 3D X-ray microscopy solutions to increase their non-destructive materials characterization capabilities. Delivering 3D visualization down to 50 nm resolution, the UltraXRM-L200provides synchrotron-level resolution crucial to in situ and “4D” studies of microstructural evolution, enabling “materials by design” and other breakthrough research.
Scientists at the two premier laboratories perform vital research into material composition and evolution for government agencies and academia. Their new Xradia UltraXRM™ platforms enable characterization of changing microstructural properties over time and under varying conditions to inform the design of materials used in global and homeland security, advanced fusion techniques used in groundbreaking energy initiatives, and biological innovations such as joint replacements.
As the first lab-based 3D X-ray microscope (XRM) offering ultra-high spatial resolution, the UltraXRM-L200 leverages Xradia’s precision X-ray focusing optics and Zernike phase contrast imaging to deliver reliable volumetric information down to 50 nm, otherwise only achievable through cross-sectioning or other destructive techniques.
Researchers can leverage “4D” and in situ capabilities of the UltraXRM-L200 to study microstructural changes over time and subject samples to varying external conditions such as force, impact and temperature to assess constitution and degradation. Physical imaging can be combined with computational assessments to precisely and efficiently predict and model design and evolution.
“The work being done at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories figures to impact every aspect of daily life from our health to our use of natural resources to global safety,” says Kevin Fahey, Ph.D. and Chief Materials Scientist at Xradia. “We designed the UltraXRM platform to bring the power of synchrotron technology to the world’s premier laboratories to speed and simplify precisely the caliber of research being conducted at these distinguished facilities.”
Los Alamos National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, is operated by Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a team composed of Bechtel National, the University of California, The Babcock & Wilcox Company, and URS for the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Los Alamos enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides solutions to our nation’s most important national security challenges through innovative science, engineering and technology. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Xradia designs and manufactures microscopes for industrial and academic research applications. Xradia’s solutions offer unparalleled high contrast and high resolution imaging capabilities for a large range of sample sizes and shapes. The company’s heritage began in the synchrotron and extends to the laboratory. Xradia’s two laboratory product families, the UltraXRM-L and VersaXRM™, together offer a multi-length scale solution delivering full volume 3D imaging with resolution down to 50 nm. Energy-tunable, ultra-high resolution 3D X-ray microscopes for synchrotron facilities include the UltraSPX™ and the UltraXRM-S. Additional information can be found at www.xradia.com.
The Carl Zeiss Group is an international leader in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In fiscal year 2011/12 the company’s approximately 24,000 employees generated revenue of nearly 4.2 billion euros. In the markets for Industrial Solutions, Research Solutions, Medical Technology and Consumer Optics, ZEISS has contributed to technological progress for more than 160 years and enhances the quality of life of many people around the globe. The Carl Zeiss Group develops and produces planetariums, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses and binoculars as well as solutions for biomedical research, medical technology and the semiconductor, automotive and mechanical engineering industries. ZEISS is present in over 40 countries around the globe with about 40 production facilities, over 50 sales and service locations and service locations and approximately 20 research and development sites. Carl Zeiss AG is fully owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany.
About Carl Zeiss Microscopy
The Microscopy business group at ZEISS is the world’s only manufacturer of light, X-ray and electron microscopes. The company’s extensive portfolio enables research and routine applications in the life and materials sciences. The product range includes light and laser scanning microscopes, X-ray microscopes, electron and ion microscopes and spectrometer modules. Users are supported for software for system control, image capture and editing. The Microscopy business group has sales companies in 33 countries. Application and service specialists support customers around the globe in demo centers and on site. The business group is headquartered in Jena, Germany. Additional production and development sites are in Oberkochen, Göttingen and Munich, as well as in Cambridge in the UK and Peabody, MA and Pleasanton, CA in the USA. The company has around 2,800 employees and generates revenue of 650 million euros. www.zeiss.de/press
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