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Construction et exploitation d'une ligne de nanotomographie au synchrotron SOLEIL


Keywords: Microtomography, Nanotomography, X-ray, Synchrotron, Beamline


The objective of the NanoImages-X project, started on 01/09/2012, is the construction and initial operation  of  a hard X-ray beamline for advanced nanoimaging and tomography with coherent X-rays (ANATOMIX) at Synchrotron SOLEIL.  The method of X-ray micro- and nano-tomography aims at the reconstruction of models of 3D objects via measurements of their 2D X-ray absorption profiles regularly sampled at different object orientations. ANATOMIX provides microtomography at photon energies between 5 and 50 keV and nanotomography at a spatial resolution down to 100 nm via transmission X-ray microscopy (TXM). Phase 1 (installation) and phase 2 (exploitation) of the project are currently running contemporaneously, with the project due to end on 31st  December 2019.

The construction of this very long beamline is fast approaching completion, and the expected performance of the beamline, in terms of spatial resolution for both micro-tomography and TXM modes, has been demonstrated. Partial user operation, in parallel with the final steps in construction and equipment testing, began in April 2018 (www.synchrotron-soleil.fr/en/news/first-users-anatomix). A total of 11 academic user projects have been approved and either performed or scheduled on the beamline, and the first publications arising from beamline use are in preparation. The state of the art beam properties are also being investigated in an industrial context with a series of test experiments already underway.  Approximately  30% of beamtime is currently available to user projects, with the remainder being given to an intensive installation and commissioning operations. The percentage of available user time will gradually increase over the next 12 months.

SOLEIL is currently preparing a proposal for upgrade, to an extremely high brilliance lattice, of the storage ring and beamlines. Such an upgrade, if realised, will offer significant opportunities for ANATOMIX in the future.  


The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.

General informations

Reference Number: 11-EQPX-0031
Project Region: Île-de-France
Discipline: 2 - SMI
PIA investment: 7,600,000 €
Start date: August 2012
End date: December 2019

Project coordination : Andrew THOMPSON
Email: andrew.thompson@synchrotron-soleil.fr

Consortium du projet

Etablissement coordinateur : Synchrotron Soleil
Partenaire(s) : Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Ecole Nationale Supérieure Mécanique Aérotech, Institut National Polytechnique Toulouse, Université d'Orléans, CNRS délégation Paris-Centre, Université de Bordeaux Segalen, Université de Toulouse III (Paul Sabatier), Université de Lorraine, CNRS Centre Est (Vandoeuvre), Université de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie), CEA Saclay, IFP Energies Nouvelles, INSERM Délégation Grand Ouest, CNRS Centre Poitou Charentes (Orléans), CNRS Michel Ange, Renault Technocentre (GIE), Institut de Recherches Servier (Croissy), CNRS Paris Villejuif, Université de Paris

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