Xavier Thibault

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Paleontologists are quite recent newcomers among the users of X-ray synchrotron imaging techniques at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF). Studies of the external morphological characteristics of a fossil organism are not sufficient to extract all the information for a paleontological study. Nowadays observations of internal structures become(More)
The role of insulin like growth factor-I (IGF-I) during pre-natal development has not been evaluated in detail. However, the high degree of growth retardation and peri-natal mortality in IGF-I deficient mouse models indicates that it plays a critical role during this time. Techniques to assess the structure and quality of bone in small animal fetuses could(More)
The design and features of a beamline control software system for macromolecular crystallography (MX) experiments developed at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) are described. This system, MxCuBE, allows users to easily and simply interact with beamline hardware components and provides automated routines for common tasks in the operation of(More)
An automatic data-collection system has been implemented and installed on seven insertion-device beamlines and a bending-magnet beamline at the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) as part of the SPINE (Structural Proteomics In Europe) development of an automated structure-determination pipeline. The system allows remote interaction with(More)
Several acquisitions of x-ray microtomography have been performed on a beads packing while it compacts under vertical vibrations. An image analysis allows to study the evolution of the packing structure during its progressive densification. In particular, the volume distribution of the pores reveals a large tail, compatible to an exponential law, which(More)
Most commercial polymeric membranes are prepared by phase inversion. The performance of the membranes depends greatly on the morphology of the porous structure formed during the different steps of this process. Researchers in this field have found it extremely difficult to foresee how a change in the composition of the polymer solution will affect pore(More)
Pressure solution creep is one of the possible processes of mechano-chemical deformation that controls porosity and permeability variations in the upper crust. The three-dimensional geometry of the porous network of halite aggregates was imaged during compaction driven by pressure solution creep using X-ray synchrotron computed microtomography. This(More)
Aim of the study is to compare the morphology of inclusions in magnesium alloy, investigated by both computed micro-tomography and light microscopy. Precipitates of denser material are found. The information of the light microscopic studies alone is by far insufficient to conclude on their three-dimensional shape. In contrast, the tomography reveals the(More)
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