Laser Ablation Tomography

A high-throughput, high-resolution phenotyping platform combines laser optics and serial imaging with 3-D image reconstruction and quantification to understand plant anatomy.
LAT root phenotyping began in 2012.

LAT root phenotyping began in 2012.

The Laser Ablation Tomography (LAT) system was developed by the Roots lab, including former student Ben Hall who has created a company focusing on this technique (L4IS).


3-D reconstructions from a diverse array of LAT projects.

Highlights the ablation beam and approach for soil imaging.

Two imaging modes have been integrated into the LAT system with a generous grant of $7,500 in Edmund Optics supplies.