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Non-uniform Neutron Source Approximation for Iterative Reconstruction of Coded Source Images...

by Hector J Santos-villalobos, Jens Gregor, Philip R Bingham
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Electronic Imaging, Computational Imaging
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San Francisco, California, United States of America
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X-ray and neutron optics both lack ray focusing capabilities. An x-ray source can be made small
and powerful enough to facilitate high-resolution imaging while providing adequate flux. This is
not yet possible for neutrons. One remedy is to employ a computational imaging technique such
as magnified coded source imaging. The greatest challenge associated with successful
reconstruction of high-resolution images from such radiographs is to precisely model the flux
distribution for complex non-uniform neutron sources. We have developed a framework based
on Monte Carlo simulation and iterative reconstruction that facilitates high-­resolution coded source neutron imaging. In this paper, we define a methodology to empirically measure and approximate the flux profile of a non-uniform neutron source, and we show how to incorporate the result within the forward model of an iterative reconstruction algorithm. We assess improvement in image quality by comparing reconstructions based respectively on the new empirical forward model and our previous analytic models.