PET Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2R44EB000929-02
Agency Tracking Number: EB000929
Amount: $509,426.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
LIGHTSPIN TECHNOLOGIES, INC., PO Box 30198, Bethesda, MD, 20824
DUNS: 089164565
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 (508) 809-9052
Business Contact
Phone: (301) 656-7600
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): LightSpin Technologies, Inc., proposes to develop an innovative, solid-state microchannel photodetector (SSMCP) for PET and SPECT applications. This is the first room temperature solid-state photodetector capable of outperforming photomultiplier tubes. The SSMCP is single photons sensitive, but also achieves a wide dynamic range and high linearity. The SSMCP provides high gain (105 - 106), low excess noise factor (ENF < 1.1), ultrafast rise times (< 100 psec), ultrafast timing resolution (<50 psec), operates at low voltage (< 100 V), is compact and robust. In Phase I of this SBIR project, component technologies for the SSMCP were successfully designed, fabricated, and built, and tested, confirming our approach. In Phase II, a large area SSMCP will be demonstrated, with an 8 mm x 8 mm photosensitive area, quantum efficiencies above 20% and dark count rates below 1 Mcps. These large area SSMCPs are expected to improve the performance of PET detectors by providing higher sensitivity, higher timing resolution, improved dynamic range, and superior position sensitivity.

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