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Yvonne Carts-Powell

3D images of the internal structure of an aerogel.


Scatterings imageA piece of aerogel in a petri dish. Inset shows cubes of the aerogel.

Researchers captured 3D images of the internal structure of an aerogel, which allowed them to determine the material’s strength. Anton Barty at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and others used inverted coherent X-ray diffraction patterns to capture the 3D bulk lattice arrangement of a micron-sized piece of aerogel (Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 055501).

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