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EPSRC Reference: EP/C008138/1
Title: Element-Specific X-ray Imaging for Security Applications
Principal Investigator: Haycock, Professor PW
Other Investigators:
Day, Dr CR Kearon, Dr AT Lam, Dr K
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Project Partners:
Forensic Science Service X-Tek Systems
Department: Sch of Chemistry & Physics
Organisation: Keele University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 26 September 2005 Ends: 25 September 2007 Value (£): 331,158
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design of Process systems Instrumentation Eng. & Dev.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Keele University has developed a process for the non-destructive chemical analysis of 3-dimensional objects through extension of standard x-ray imaging techniques. This project will extend the range of imagable elements, improve the elemental resolution between neighbours in the periodic table, and develop automated data collection and image processing procedures applicable to the security and forensic sectors. Image processing techniques will be developed, based on known methods, to allow precise mapping of target elements within objects which contain a conjested background. A combination of sophisticated signal processing and neural networks will allow identification of target materials when they they are significatly occluded, even by materials containing elements with similar atomic number to the target elements. The work will be carried out in collaboration with the Forensic Science Service and an x-ray systems manufacturer to ensure optimised system design in the final instrumentation.
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