Positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) is a technique for tracking a single radioactively labelled particle. Accurate 3D tracking is possible even when the particle is moving at high speed inside a dense opaque system. In many cases, tracking a single particle within a granular system provides sufficient information to determine the time-averaged behaviour of the entire granular system. After a general introduction, this paper describes the detector systems (PET scanners and positron cameras) used to record PEPT data, the techniques used to label particles, and the algorithms used to process the data. This paper concentrates on the use of PEPT for studying granular systems: the focus is mainly on work at Birmingham, but reference is also made to work from other centres, and options for wider diversification are suggested.
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Research Article| May 15 2017
Positron emission particle tracking and its application to granular media
Special Collection: Focus on Imaging Methods in Granular Physics
D. J. Parker; Positron emission particle tracking and its application to granular media. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 May 2017; 88 (5): 051803. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4983046
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