Tomographic reconstruction techniques optimized for velocity-map imaging applications

Chris Sparling*, Dave Townsend

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Examples of extracting meaningful information from image projection data using tomographic reconstruction techniques can be found in many areas of science. Within the photochemical dynamics community, tomography allows for complete three-dimensional (3D) charged particle momentum distributions to be reconstructed following a photodissociation or photoionization event. This permits highly differential velocity- and angle-resolved measurements to be made simultaneously. However, the generalized tomographic reconstruction strategies typically adopted for use with photochemical imaging - based around the Fourier-slice theorem and filtered back-projection algorithms - are not optimized for these specific types of problems. Here, we discuss pre-existing alternative strategies - namely, the simultaneous iterative reconstruction technique and Hankel Transform Reconstruction (HTR) - and introduce them in the context of velocity-map imaging applications. We demonstrate the clear advantages they afford, and how they can perform considerably better than approaches commonly adopted at present. Most notably, with HTR we can set a bound on the minimum number of projections required to reliably reconstruct 3D photoproduct distributions. This bound is significantly lower than what is currently accepted and will help make tomographic imaging far more accessible and efficient for many experimentalists working in the field of photochemical dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114201
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number11
Early online date16 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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