The University of Texas High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility

The High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility at The University of Texas at Austin (UTCT) is a national shared multi-user facility supported by the Instrumentation and Facilities Program of NSF’s Earth Sciences (EAR) directorate. UTCT offers scientific researchers across the earth, biological and engineering sciences access to a completely nondestructive technique for visualizing features in the interior of opaque solid objects, and for obtaining digital information on their 3D geometries and properties.

Interested in scanning materials at our facility? See the Scanning FAQ or download the Scan Agreement Form.


Selected Recent Publications

Ferraz da Costa, M., Kyle, J.R., Lobato, L.M., Ketcham, R.A., Figueiredo e Silva, R.C., and Fernandes, R.C. (2022) Orogenic gold ores in three-dimensions: a case study of distinct mineralization styles at the world-class Cuiabá deposit, Brazil, using high-resolution X-ray computed tomography on gold particles. Ore Geology Reviews, 140, 104584.
Fouke, B.W., Bhattacharjee, A.S., Fried, G.A., Sivaguru, M., Sanford, R.A., Zhou, L. Alcalde, R.E., Wunch, K., Stephenson, A., Ferrar, J.A., Hernandez, A.G., Wright, C., Fields, C.J., Todorov, L.G., Fouke, K.W., Bailey, C.M., and Werth, C.J. (In press) Sulfate-reducing bacteria streamers and iron sulfides rapidly occlude porosity and increase hydraulic resistance in proppant-filled shale fractures. AAPG Bulletin.
Koirala, P., van de Werken, N., Lu, H., Baughman, R.H., Ovalle-Robles, R., and Tehrani, M. (2021) Using ultra-thin interlaminar carbon nanotube sheets to enhance the mechanical and electrical properties of carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites. Composites Part B: Engineering, 216, 108842.
Bardua, C., Fabre, A.-C., Clavel, J., Bon, M., Das, K., Stanley, E.L., Blackburn, D.C., and Goswami, A. (2021) Size, microhabitat, and loss of larval feeding drive cranial diversification in frogs. Nature Communications, 12, 2503.
Hanson, M., Hoffman, E.A., Norell, M.A., and Bhullar, B.-A.S. (2021) The early origin of a birdlike inner ear and the evolution of dinosaurian movement and vocalization. Science, 372, 601-609.
Kerraouch, I., Bischoff, A., Zolensky, M.E., Pack, A., Patzek, M., Hanna, R.D., Fries, M.D., Harries, D., Kebukawa, Y., Le, L., Ito, M., and Rahman, Z. (2021) The polymict carbonaceous breccia Aguas Zarcas: a potential analogue to samples being returned by the OSIRIS-REx and Hayabusa2 missions. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 56, 277-310.

See our publication page for a complete list.