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A Novel High Resolution Photon Counting Detector for X-Ray Inspections

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
87151
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-051-0987
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472-4699
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: A Novel High Resolution Photon Counting Detector for X-Ray Inspections
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15QKN-09-C-0034
Award Amount: $69,997.00
 

Abstract:

Current state-of-the-art X-ray imaging detectors use energy integration, where the simple integration of X-ray events during the exposure period forms images. Unfortunately, such indiscriminate operation is sub-optimal for digital radiography or CT imaging because of its inability to reject scatter, thus reducing contrast in reconstructed images, and the detectors limited resolution, which results in image blurring. These deleterious effects are particularly problematic for high-energy X-ray inspection systems for munitions, where important small-scale defects on the order of 100 fYm are easily obscured due to the prevalent scattering. However, a new generation of X-ray detectors is expected to have photon counting and energy recording ability, even when incident flux is very high. The use of such detectors will improve resolution and contrast in images, while significantly enhancing their signal-to-noise ratio. Unfortunately, X-ray detectors capable of handling high-count rates typically present in imaging scenarios do not currently exist. The proposed project addresses this need by developing a versatile detector module based on a semiconductor X-ray sensor coupled to novel digital pixel sensor readout. For the X-ray energies typically used in inspection systems, this detector would provide high efficiency, high resolution, and photon counting capability with at least five levels of energy discrimination.

Principal Investigator:

Vivek Nagarkar
Group Leader
6176686800
VNagarkar@RMDInc.com

Business Contact:

Gerald Entine
President
6176686800
GEntine@RMDInc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

RADIATION MONITORING DEVICES, INC.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472

EIN/Tax ID: 042546395
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No