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  • Advanced X-Ray Integrated Sources (AXiS)

    The primary goal of the AXiS program is to develop advanced x-ray source technology that will enable high contrast when imaging low-Z materials such as soft biological tissues.

    The primary goal of the AXiS program is to develop advanced x-ray source technology that will enable high contrast when imaging low-Z materials such as soft biological tissues. Imaging based on phase contrast is approximately 1000 times more sensitive than absorption contrast imaging for soft tissue and other low-Z materials.    Currently, x-ray radiation required for accomplishing phase-contrast imaging can be generated only using large synchrotrons.   Recent advances in accelerator and laser technologies suggest they might be exploited to enable much less expensive and smaller x-ray sources that could be readily deployed in military field hospitals or on selected military platforms to improve combat casualty care.  They might also lead to new advanced imaging capabilities that most modern laboratories and hospitals could afford.   The program will involve development of component technologies, including electron (cathode/beam) sources, electron accelerators, and undulators for compact, tunable x-ray sources, as well as integrated device development.

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