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Synchrotron Radiation Facilities


As synchrotron radiation has become a ubiquitous tool across a broad area of forefront science, the DOE supports collaborative research centers for
synchrotron radiation science. Research is needed for advanced detectors and advanced radiation sources, including superconducting and short-period undulators. With advances in the brightness of synchrotron radiation sources, wide gap has developed between the ability of these sources to
deliver high photon fluxes and the ability of detectors to measure the resulting photon, electron, or ion signals. At the same time, advances in microelectronics engineering should make it possible to increase data rates by orders of magnitude, and to increase energy and spatial resolution. With the development of fourth-generation x-ray sources with femtosecond pulse durations, there will be a need for detectors with sub-picosecond time resolution. Grant applications are sought to develop new detectors for synchrotron radiation science across a broad range of applications. Areas of interest include: (1) area detectors for diffraction experiments; (2) area detectors for readout of electron and ion signals; (3) detectors capable of ultra-high temporal resolution; (4) high resolution and/or high frame rate imaging detectors; (5) detectors for high rate fluorescence spectroscopy; and (6) detectors for high energy fluorescence spectroscopy.
Often, detector concepts or prototypes already exist in the community, and the primary hurdle is commercialization. Proposed approaches that emphasize engineering for commercialization are of interest.

Questions – contact Eliane Lessner,

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