X-ray Window Incorporating a Polymer Support Structure

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$146,300.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-SC0011253
Agency Tracking Number:
209879
Solicitation Year:
2014
Solicitation Topic Code:
03b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000969
Small Business Information
ML3 Scientific, Inc.
1163 South 1680 West, Orem, UT, 84058-4930
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
079120026
Principal Investigator:
Michael Lines
Mr.
(801) 764-9060
michael.lines@ml3scientific.com
Business Contact:
Mark A Larson
Mr.
(801) 356-1718
Mark.Larson@ML3scientific.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Advances in soft X-ray detector technology have enabled higher count rates while maintaining high spectral resolution. These new superconducting detectors share the common form of a pixilated active area that must be operated in the milli-Kelvin temperature range below the boiling temperature of liquid helium. Because the cryogenic detectors are under high vacuum and must be able to sense ambient-temperature samples, a thermal-shielding X-ray transmitting vacuum-interface window is needed. Windows larger than about 1 cm diameter are currently unavailable. We propose to produce an ultra-thin window with an integral polymer support structure made from the same material as the film and having an engineered high aspect ratio fine and coarse mesh structure. The largest successful design will become a sub-window in a larger window array. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: This technology will allow the DOE to utilize new detector technology at its synchrotron light source sites which will enable faster X-ray analysis for many diverse fields such as crystallography, catalyst development, forensic sciences, the development of new pharmaceuticals, nanotechnology and integrated circuit fabrication.

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