X-Ray microcomputed tomograph (XCT)

Description of the facility

In 2004, the Department of Applied Mathematics greatly extended its experimental capabilities with the completion of a custom XCT, constructed in-house. This instrument is capable of imaging materials with a wide variety of densities and sizes. From 5cm cores of rock, imaged at 20 micron resolution, down to samples less than 5mm across, imaged with a voxel size of less than 2 microns. The facility is undergoing continuous refinement and improvement, and will soon be upgraded to improve resolution and decrease acquisition time.

Images and movies

As of mid-2006, nearly 1000 samples have been imaged at the facility. We work closely with the ANU Vizlab, who have produced a stunning array of images and movies that give a special insight into the data that's generated.

For more information on how our XCT movies are made, see the Drishti home page.

View our XCT gallery


Senden, Timothy profile
(02) 612 52476

Updated:  15 January 2019/ Responsible Officer:  Head of Department/ Page Contact:  Physics Webmaster