Sigray MAAST Transmission X-ray Source

Grating-based Talbot interferometry is one of the most exciting new methods that has emerged in x-ray physics over recent years and allows access to information from three x-ray phenomena simultaneously: phase contrast, absorption contrast, and darkfield (scattering) for detailed understanding of the structure and composition of samples. In conventional laboratory systems, a source grating (G0) is typically used in combination with an extended x-ray source. 

The Sigray Microstructured Array Anode Source Technology (MAAST) Talbot-Lau x-ray source employs a transmission x-ray target featuring an array of microstructured metal x-ray emitters. The arrangement produces a downstream Talbot interference pattern (“Talbot carpet”) without requiring the use of a high aspect ratio source grating (G0).

Benefits of Sigray MAAST include:

  • Throughput gains of ~4X over conventional approaches
  • Production of large Talbot fringes that reduce requirements on downstream detector and detector grating components when designing a Talbot-based interferometry system
  • Optimized contrast preservation


Sigray can customize its patented x-ray sources to your desired specifications.
The MAAST source can be customized in the following ways:

  • Spot size (microfocus to larger medical spot sizes of 0.5mm)
  • Target materials (tungsten comes standard)
  • 1D or 2D arrays with various pitches and line width or dot size
X-ray target design. Pitch (p0) and width of microstructures (d0) can be customized.

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