Unlock 3D Crystallographic Information

Discover LabDCT on the ZEISS X-ray microscope Xradia Versa

You want to perform non-destructive mapping of grain morphology in 3D to characterize materials like metals, alloys or ceramics? Discover LabDCT (Diffraction Contrast Tomography), the first commercially available lab-based method for tomographic imaging of grains. LabDCT allows you to directly visualize 3D crystallographic grain orientation. Combined with the new GrainMapper3D software, it opens up new ways to investigate polycrystalline materials.

With LabDCT and the new GrainMapper3D software for ZEISS Xradia 620 Versa, you are able to:

  • Gain comprehensive 3D microstructure analysis from large volumes to individual grain boundaries
  • Perform non-destructive 4D imaging studies
  • Combine information of microstructural features with insights into crystallography - all in 3D
  • Execute multi-modal experiments to understand structure-property relationships

3D Microstructure Analysis

Complementary 3D results maps out the full spatial model of the microstructure
Complementary 3D results maps out the full spatial model of the microstructure

Non-destructive 4D Imaging

Continuous imaging in a designed sample environment to examine dynamic structure evolution
Continuous imaging in a designed sample environment to examine dynamic structure evolution

Grain Boundary Analysis

Grain boundary characters are available to calculate from the 3D grain map
Continuous imaging in a designed sample environment to examine dynamic structure evolution

Multi-modal Experiments

Combining diffraction and absorption contrast allows correlative imaging & analysis
Combining diffraction and absorption contrast allows correlative imaging & analysis

Increased Sensitivity

Implement LabDCT

LabDCT is a fully integrated analytical module on Xradia 620 Versa. This is how it works: The sample is illuminated through an aperture in front of the X-ray source. Both the sample absorption and diffraction information are recorded with a high resolution detection system. A beamstop is added to the set-up to block out the direct beam and to enhance the contrast of the diffraction signal. 3D crystallographic information (e.g., grain size, morphology, position and orientation) is reconstructed using GrainMapper3D software.

WILEY Webinar: High Throughput Lab Based Non-Destructive 3D Grain Mapping

Register for the Free Webinar Recording

You are a researcher or a student working in the field of materials science and focusing on grain imaging? This WILEY webinar recording gives you the technology overview of LabDCT and presents numerous applications examples, ranging from highly symmetric cubic materials to low symmetry materials. The webinar also introduces a rapid high throughput 2D grain mapping workflow.

Register and watch the WILEY webinar recording

3D Grain Reconstruction

Index grain data precise, fast & automated

After the initial acquisition as the first step in your workflow you then start to reconstruct. Load your absorption tomography and your diffraction data into GrainMapper3D. Let it identify potential candidates for grain orientations of a given polycrystal by using back and forward projections.

An automated, iterative search for grains in the sample volume is your next step. Grain reconstruction results are stored as stacks of slices or volume datasets that contain the full description of the indexed grains. Eventually, share 3D LabDCT results with your collaborators or customers using the standalone GrainMapper3D Viewer application.

3D Grain Mapping

Get all information in one file

Your final step is to get out all the information you need in one single file. Shape, orientation and spatial locations of all grains in the sample volume are exported into an open data format. Finish your experiment with subsequent analyses using customized software or simulation tools. The advanced indexation routines now support the more complex lower symmetry crystal systems.

Questions? Get in Touch with Us

Let’s talk about your research

Get in touch with us to find out more about the benefits of LabDCT, X-ray microscopy and other ZEISS solutions for your research, book a demo at our customer center, or get a quote. We are looking forward to hearing from you.