Diffraction tomography of strain

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    We consider whether it is possible to recover the three dimensional strain field tomographically from neutron and x-ray diffraction data for polycrystalline materials. We show that the distribution of strain transverse to a ray cannot be deduced from one diffraction pattern accumulated along that path, but that a certain moment of that data corresponds to the transverse ray transform of the strain tensor and so may be recovered by inverting that transform given sufficient data. We show that the whole strain tensor can be reconstructed from diffraction data measured using rotations about six directions that do not lie on a projective conic. In addition we give an inversion formula for complete data for the transverse ray transform. We also show that Bragg edge transmission data, which has been suggested for strain tomography with polychromatic data, cannot provide the strain distribution within the material but only the average along the ray path.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)45005-45005
    Number of pages1
    JournalInverse Problems
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2015


    • tensor tomography, strain, x-ray diffraction, transverse ray transform


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