22nd Feb 2022, Amsterdam – ASI (Amsterdam Scientific Instruments B.V.) has announced it will be joining forces with LoskoVision GmbH. Together, ASI and LoskoVision will manufacture the LC System – a complete neutron imaging detection system which will revolutionize neutron imaging and diffraction applications. The new detection system makes it possible to separate neutrons from other interactions on scintillators for large and small active Field-of-Views. This makes the LC System a very versatile neutron counting-type detector with remarkably high spatial and temporal resolution for a diverse set of applications.

“Since the interaction of a neutron in the scintillator produces visible light, the new system can use coincidence measurement of several photons to determine individual neutrons. Unlike the traditional model of exposure time, this enables us to record only those events matching our criteria for neutron interactions, achieving exceptionally high neutron discrimination,” says Adrian Losko, CEO of LoskoVision.

For decades it was only possible for neutron imaging researchers to obtain qualitative grey-scale images using standard CMOS or CCD camera technology. The LC System will enable researchers to obtain highly accurate, QUANTITATIVE spatial and temporal information thanks to the Timepix3 technology. This technology allows researchers to distinguish the neutron signal from gamma-ray backgrounds. The availability of gamma-ray corrected imaging is a game-changer in neutron imaging. This will help material scientists to determine the density of materials (e.g. for 3D-printed metallic materials) more precisely and identify voids and inclusions in tomographic modes more accurately.

“Neutron imaging was a tool to gain mostly qualitative insight into the spatial distribution of dense materials – but now it will become an impactful analytical tool for real-life applications of neutrons for material science in various disciplines (such as battery research, additive manufacturing, or high-performance alloys). Neutron imaging scientists will be able to offer new insights to material research, complementing other neutron applications such as diffraction, reflectometry, or small-angle scattering,” explains Thorbjoern Schoenbeck, CEO of ASI.

This new technology is set to benefit neutron scientists worldwide as it is a dramatic improvement from current technologies on the market.

Neutron Imaging

Neutron centre of mass event-based image recorded with TPX3CAM at sub-pixel sensor resolution of 0.1 × pixel-pitch using 125 μm 6LiF:ZnS scintillator and TPX3CAM (Top). For comparison, regular neutron radiograph recorded with scientific CMOS camera using 50 μm 6LiF:ZnS scintillator (Bottom) Images from New perspectives for neutron imaging through advanced event-mode data acquisition A. S. Losko et al. Sci Rep. (2021)

About LoskoVision

LoskoVision is a startup specialized in the development of new event-based detector systems to overcome the limitations of existing detector technology. The goal of LoskoVision is to simultaneously improve detector technology while making it more affordable for research facilities around the world, reaching small scale university-based research, as well as large scale research facilities with international user programs. Working closely with scientists, LoskoVision is determined to bridge the gap between research and high-tech companies, reducing the Time-to-Market of complex innovative technology and laying the groundwork for their development.

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