Unlocking high spatial resolution in neutron imaging through an add-on fibre optics taper

Opt Express. 2018 Jan 22;26(2):1809-1816. doi: 10.1364/OE.26.001809.


The demand for high resolution neutron imaging has been steadily increasing over the past years. The number of facilities offering cutting edge resolution is however limited, due to (i) the design complexity of an optimized device able to reach a resolution in the order of ≈ 10 μm and (ii) limitations in available neutron flux. Here we propose a simple addition, based on a Fibre Optics Taper (FOT), that can be easily attached to an already existing scintillator-camera imaging detector in order to efficiently increase its spatial resolution and hence boost the capability of an instrument into high resolution applications.