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LIGHTSPIN TECHNOLOGIES, INC., PO Box 30198, Bethesda, MD, 20824
AbstractDESCRIPTION (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 out performing 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 lt 1.1), ultrafast rise times (lt 100 psec), ultrafas t timing resolution (lt50 psec), operates at low voltage (lt 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 Pha se 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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