Mining and geology

Resources mined from Earth fuel our society. However, efficient, eco-friendly mining is a must if we want to keep the economy and society sustainable. Cheap, fast exploration for mineral resources is required. Geology is a tool to understand our planet and also to help find resources still undiscovered.

The energy sensitive photon counting detectors can help in this area thanks to the option of material identification in images. Drill cores from exploration bore holes can be now analyzed in-situ identifying different minerals and providing immediate feedback for further exploration.

Online monitoring of technological processes during mineral processing is another very important area where X-ray material resolved imaging plays an important role. It helps to increase effectivity of processing and reduce energy consumption leading not only to reduced costs, but also to lower environmental effects.

Identification Aresenopyrite crystals in a drill core. The crystals are highlighted in color using the energy sensitive imaging with the Timepix detector. The images were provided with courtesy of IEAP-CTU in Prague.