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HERMES-Based X-ray Strip Detector
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The effectiveness of synchrotron radiation science is being hindered by the limited availability of advanced detectors. The capability to produce photon fluxes has outpaced the ability to detect and measure the resultant photons. This is due to the limited deployment of existing detectors as well as very limited development effort to provide new advanced capabilities. As synchrotron radiation experiments become more sophisticated, advanced detectors exhibiting high count rates, high energy resolutions, and high spatial resolutions over large areas will be necessary to leverage the capabilities of the beamlines and enable discovery. A novel one-dimensional microstrip detector prototyped by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) has proven to be highly effective at acquiring data with the count rates, energy resolution and spatial resolution needed for complex x-ray diffraction studies. The objective of this SBIR is to take the current hand build, uncalibrated, and user unfriendly detector to a commercial sealed, robust and reliable instrument building upon the foundation of the current device. In addition, several advanced features will be implemented that will improve the utility of the detector and reduce the total cost of ownership. Phase I initiated the technology transfer from BNL and resulted in a design that will eliminate an external chiller and vacuum pump, will achieve the desired operating temperature and will not suffer from ice formation. The new commercial design also incorporates several feature improvements such as faster readout, mounting points to ease integration, and an internal deadtime calibration capability. Phase II will build a quantity of detectors incorporating the advancements studied during Phase I. This will qualify Sydors manufacturing capability and enable end-user evaluations to validate performance specifications. Several beamline scientists from two synchrotron facilities will participate in Phase II beta testing to evaluate the new prototypes in target market applications. In parallel, Sydor will qualify commercial suppliers that will be used in a pre-production prototype constructed at the conclusion of the Phase II program. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The commercial deployment of the of this x-ray microstrip detector will enable researchers to advance their discovery in the very near term by providing an instrument that significantly speeds up the data gathering process as compared to present techniques. By acquiring data simultaneously at many points, the quality and quantity of data will be improved 100-fold from the current state of the art equipment. These detectors as well as future large array detectors built upon this framework will benefit a wide range of applications ranging from structure-based drug design to environmental remediation of contamination sites to new discoveries in nanoscale material science.
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