Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.15480/336.3932.2
Title: Training deep neural networks to reconstruct nanoporous structures from FIB tomography images using synthetic training data
Language: English
Authors: Sardhara, Trushal  
Aydin, Roland C. 
Li, Yong  
Piché, Nicolas 
Gauvin, Raynald 
Cyron, Christian J. 
Ritter, Martin  
Keywords: Electron microscopy;Synthetic training data;3D reconstruction;Semantic segmentation;SEM simulation;3D CNN;2D CNN with adjacent slices;Machine learning
Issue Date: 2-Feb-2022
Is supplement to: 10.3389/fmats.2022.837006
Abstract (english): 
This dataset contains simulated FIB tomography data of nanoporous/hierarchical nanoporous gold, synthetic FIB-SEM images of hierarchical nanoporous gold and segmentation results of real hierarchical nanoporous gold dataset.
Abstract of the paper: Focused ion beam (FIB) tomography is a destructive technique used to collect three-dimensional (3D) structural information at a resolution of a few nanometers. For FIB tomography, a material sample is degraded by layer-wise milling. After each layer, the current surface is imaged by a scanning electron microscope (SEM), providing a consecutive series of cross-sections of the three-dimensional material sample. Especially for nanoporous materials, the reconstruction of the 3D microstructure of the material, from the information collected during FIB tomography, is impaired by the so-called shine-through effect. This effect prevents a unique mapping between voxel intensity values and material phase (e.g., solid or void). It often substantially reduces the accuracy of conventional methods for image segmentation. Here we demonstrate how machine learning can be used to tackle this problem. A bottleneck in doing so is the availability of sufficient training data. To overcome this problem, we present a novel approach to generate synthetic training data in the form of FIB-SEM images generated by Monte Carlo simulations. Based on this approach, we compare the performance of different machine learning architectures for segmenting FIB tomography data of nanoporous materials. We demonstrate that two-dimensional (2D) convolutional neural network (CNN) architectures processing a group of adjacent slices as input data as well as 3D CNN perform best and can enhance the segmentation performance significantly.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11420/11060.2
DOI: 10.15480/336.3932.2
Institute: Kontinuums- und Werkstoffmechanik M-15 
Betriebseinheit Elektronenmikroskopie M-26 
Werkstoffphysik und -technologie M-22 
Document Type: Dataset
Project: SFB 986: Teilprojekt B09 - Mikrostrukturbasierte Klassifizierung und mechanische Analyse nanoporöser Metalle durch maschinelles Lernen 
Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
License: CC BY 4.0 (Attribution) CC BY 4.0 (Attribution)
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2 doi:10.15480/336.3932.2 2022-02-08 14:11:21.026 # Changelog All notable changes to this dataset are as follows. - Added simulated dataset along with their virtual initial structures - Updated supplementary material content - Added new data table and segmentation results for synthetic test data
1 doi:10.15480/336.3932 2021-12-15 11:44:18.0

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