Currently there is no specific section within the RMS dedicated to X-ray Microscopy despite the technique being widely used across many scientific disciplines including those well represented by members of the Society. Given this the Society has set up a Focussed Interest Group (FIG) for X-ray Microscopy.
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Currently there is no specific section within the RMS dedicated to X-ray Microscopy despite the technique being widely used across many scientific disciplines including those well represented by members of the Society. Given this the Society is setting up a Focussed Interest Group (FIG) for X-ray Microscopy.
At this stage we are keen to gauge interest from the wider Microscopy Community in the FIG and particularly from those who would be interested in getting involved.
X-ray microscopy covers a wide variety techniques and implementations across both life and physical science disciplines. An initial question that will need to be responded to early on by the FIG is what flavours of microscopy will be covered by the group in order to ensure that the group retains focus and relevance whilst also catering to the needs and interests of both life and physical science users of X-ray microscopy.
X-ray imaging is particularly powerful when the results are correlated with other imaging modalities, in particular light microscopy and electron microscopy – both techniques which feature strongly in the portfolio of the RMS. Given this we hope that there will interest and opportunity to work alongside other sections of the RMS to organise meetings and workshops to highlight the opportunities afforded by correlated imaging techniques.
X-ray microscopy data can be collected both on laboratory based X-ray sources such as rotating anodes and also at centrally based synchrotron facilities. Thus we are looking for representation within the FIG from both synchrotron users of X-ray microscopy techniques and those based in the laboratory. Those who use both would be particularly welcomed!
Cross representation from both academic users of X-ray microscopy and those based in industry is important as is a good balance between life and physical science users. Additionally there are many vendors of X-ray microscopy systems and their contribution would be greatly appreciated.
In summary, to establish the X-ray Microscopy FIG were are looking for:
- Scientists using X-ray microscopy techniques in both life and physical sciences
- Scientists interested in developing X-ray microscopy techniques and instrumentation
- Both academic and commercial users of X-ray microscopy
- Commercial vendors of X-ray microscopy equipment
We will start by deciding what areas of X-ray microscopy will be covered.
Then we will look at organising meetings, workshops and other events to raise the profile of X-ray microscopy, to encourage take up of the techniques and to provide expert training to the community.