Diaphanous Diamond X-ray Beam Imaging System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0019705
Agency Tracking Number: 242363
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 13a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001940
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-02-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-18
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472-4699
DUNS: 073804411
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Christian
 (617) 668-6897
 jchristian@rmdinc.com
Business Contact
 Mary Abud
Phone: (617) 668-6809
Email: MAbud@rmdinc.com
Research Institution
 Stony Brook University
 100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, MA, 11794-0001
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of the research is to provide pixelated diamond x-ray detectors with the required readout electronics for transmission imaging of hard and soft x-ray beams to facilitate the use of dynamic focusing at advanced light source facilities. This program investigates the use of polycrystalline diamond detectors and the associated readout electronics for x-ray imaging. The present technology, developed by Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratories, uses a pixelated single-crystal diamond detector connected to discrete readout electronics. While the performance of this technology is suitable for many imaging applications, the long lead times associated with electronic grade single-crystal diamonds constrains its use in commercial products, and the discrete readout electronics is not easily scaled to larger pixel counts associated with larger detector areas. The Phase-1 effort will define the anticipated performance specifications of polycrystalline diamond and present a preliminary design review for the application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC)- based readout electronics. At the end of the Phase-1, the design of the detector will be determined, the key components will be characterized, and a preliminary design review for the diamond detector and the ASIC-based readout electronics will be presented. The Phase 2 effort will develop a prototype imaging system. The development of the proposed product supports DOE facilities, such as BNL and the MaRIE accelerator at LANL; however, the commercial opportunity arises from the need to provide systems with an ASIC-based readout for multi-channel nuclear detectors that are used in imaging, handheld, and standoff detection of nuclear materials.

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