ITRAX: description and evaluation of a new multi-function X-ray core scanner


Croudace, I.W., Rindby, A. and Rothwell, R.G. (2006) ITRAX: description and evaluation of a new multi-function X-ray core scanner. In, Rothwell, R.G. (ed.) New techniques in sediment core analysis. London, UK, Geological Society of London, 51-63. (Geological Society Special Publication 267). (doi:10.1144/GSL.SP.2006.267.01.04).

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Description/Abstract

A new automated multi-function core scanning instrument, named ITRAX, has been developed that records optical, radiographic and elemental variations from sediment half cores up to 1.8 m long at a resolution as fine as 200 μm. An intense micro-X-ray beam focused through a flat capillary waveguide is used to irradiate samples to enable both X-radiography and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis. Data are acquired incrementally by advancing a split core, via a programmable stepped motor drive, through the flat, rectangular-section X-ray beam. Traditional XRF determination of element composition in sediments provides high-quality data, but it takes a considerable time and normally consumes gram quantities of material that is often only available in limited quantities. The ITRAX core scanner non-destructively collects optical and X-radiographic images, and provides high-resolution elemental profiles that are invaluable for guiding sample selection for further (destructive) detailed sampling. This paper presents a description of the construction, characteristics and capabilities of the ITRAX system. High-resolution ITRAX data obtained from sediment cores are also presented and compared with results from traditional wavelength-dispersive XRF analysis at lower resolution. Finally, some recent technical developments linked to the second-generation ITRAX are presented.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 1862392102 (hardback)
Subjects: Q Science > QE Geology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
ePrint ID: 42214
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:27
Publisher: Geological Society of London
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42214

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