Advanced STJ-based X-Ray Spectrometer for Synchrotron Science Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85874
Agency Tracking Number: 95630
Amount: $99,946.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: 18 c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0000161
Small Business Information
25 Bisbee Ct., Ste. A, Santa Fe, NM, 87508
DUNS: 071331768
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robin Cantor
 (505) 424-6454
Business Contact
 Robin Cantor
Title: Dr.
Phone: (505) 424-6454
Research Institution
A new class of soft X-ray detectors based on superconducting tunnel junctions that offer both excellent energy resolution as well as high count rate capabilities are now becoming available. These advanced detectors operate at around 0.3 K and require a cryogenic refrigeration system and temperature control electronics for operation at this temperature, along with room-temperature readout electronics and software for spectral analysis. To be viable as an instrument for users at synchrotron beam lines, however, it is essential that the cryogenics and basic system operation be completely transparent to the user. Currently, complete turn-key cryogen-free spectrometers instrumented with STJ detectors are not available commercially. Cryogen-free refrigeration systems consisting of a two-stage pulse tube cryocooler and adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) offer a convenient means to reach temperatures below 0.05 K with long hold times. During Phase I, STAR Cryoelectronics proposes to develop a preliminary design for a cryogen-free ADR cryostat with automated controls that will be instrumented with a 112 pixel STJ detector array for synchrotron science applications. The development effort will leverage existing X-ray cryostat designs to reduce development time, costs, and risks. Commercial applications and other benefits: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is used to study the local molecular and electronic structure of specific elements. Samples can be highly diluted and generally do not require substantial pre-treatment and can range from chemicals and biological samples or tissues to soils and rocks. The development and commercialization of the advanced STJ-based X-ray spectrometer will meet growing needs for improved detector instrumentation for applications in synchrotron science such as XAS. The significant performance enhancements the proposed STJ-based X-ray spectrometer will lead to greater scientific productivity and return on the Nation

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