Transparent, High-Resolution, Real-time X-ray Beam Imaging System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0019551
Agency Tracking Number: 242195
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 13a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001940
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-18
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street, Torrance, CA, 90501-1510
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Volodymyr Romanov
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
Fundamental research is ongoing to support missions in energy, environment, and national security and, particularly, to provide foundations for new energy technologies and materials and chemical characterization through X-rays. Diffraction-limited synchrotron light sources will increase the coherent X-ray flux (up to a few orders of magnitude) and brilliance. Many beamlines can dynamically change the beam parameters—flux, shape, and energy—to meet user needs, often through the use of dynamic focusing elements, such as toroidal mirrors. In such cases, the existing beam optimization procedures are often time consuming and complex, requiring several iterations before the desired beam parameters are obtained. There is a need for beam-monitoring devices with fast feedback, a calibrated flux response, and a wide dynamic range that are capable of imaging an X-ray beam in real time for efficient beam optimization. The novel, unique transparent imaging detector is based on a near-percolation organic nanocomposite pixelating matrix. This thin layer of organic nanocomposite provides affordable X-ray transparency and high-resolution imaging, while the readout electronics provide high-frequency readout operation and accurate X-ray photon counting. Phase I will result in the development of a proof-of-concept Phase I benchtop prototype and a demonstration through laboratory experiments, computer modeling, and simulation of an advanced, transparent X-ray beam-imaging system based on a novel, unique detection media: a thin near- percolation organic nanocomposite. The project will include studying the detector performance through modeling, simulation, and X-ray experiments with X-ray energies (5-20 keV). The proposed device can be used in commercial applications as an advanced, transparent X-ray beam-imaging system based on a novel, unique detection media: a thin near-percolation organic nanocomposite. The detector can be used for control of synchrotron X-ray beams used for quality control in the semiconductor (including potential application for counterfeit integrated circuit identification) as well as in electronics industries, material research, and biomedical imaging.

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