Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

LLNL physicist Harry Martz, Jr., computer scientist Daniel Schneberk and retired engineer Clint Logan have authored a comprehensive book on the history and fundamentals of modern industrial X-ray imaging.

Published on Oct. 3, X-Ray Imaging: Fundamentals, Industrial Techniques and Applications delves into some of the X-ray work being done at the Lab, reviews the basic principles of X-rays and addresses equipment and system configuration.

The book also covers the rapid development and deployment of digital X-ray imaging system, and application examples such as inspecting fuel and chemical pipelines and weapons. The book is co-authored by Penn State University Associate Professor of Engineering Peter Shull.

Martz is director of the Nondestructive Characterization Institute and a distinguished member of the technical staff at LLNL. Logan worked for the Lab for more than 50 years and holds five U.S. patents in accelerator and X-ray technology. Schneberk joined LLNL in 1988, and is a member of the nondestructive evaluation group. All three men worked together on materials inspection and characterization issues for the X-ray Laser Project.

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"This book is a major contribution from leaders in the field of x-ray imaging. It provides an excellent foundation in x-ray physics, as well as a rigorous introduction to x-ray imaging along with an abundant collection of applications. I especially like the rich historical background that is provided along with the x-ray fundamentals. The applications collected from the extensive professional experience of the authors are both instructive and timely."
—James F. Shackelford, University of California, Davis, USA

"I like this book very much. It contains very comprehensive explanations of the x-ray imaging methods and physics behind them. This book goes beyond what is typically covered in general NDT or radiography books and includes many particularly interesting insights from the authors. The significant technical details discussed are useful to an advanced practitioner wishing to understand or expand their knowledge and employ advanced x-ray methods to solve inspection problems."
—Richard Bossi, Retired Senior Technical Fellow from The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington, USA

"The book is an excellent survey of the NDE field."
—Carl Crawford, Csuptwo, LLC, Glendale, Wisconsin, USA

"Love it! Great easy to follow material for those who want to learn about industrial/security NDE. For the experts this will be a great reference book. The amount of topics covered is beyond the expertise of most professionals, so there is something to learn here for all of us."
— Richard Robehr Bijjani, Quanttus, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

"A very important book, not to be missed or ignored!"
— Franco Casali, University of Bologna and Academy of Science of Bologna, Italy

"While books on the medical applications of X-ray imaging exist, there is not one currently available that focuses on industrial applications. Full of color images that show clear spectrometry and rich with applications, X-ray Imaging fills the need for a comprehensive work on modern industrial X-ray imaging. It reviews the fundamental science of X-ray imaging and addresses equipment and system configuration. Useful to a broad range of radiation imaging practitioners, the book looks at the rapid development and deployment of digital X-ray imaging system."
—Materials Evaluation, May 2016