Ultra Fast X-Ray Imaging Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: F40600-03-M-0001
Agency Tracking Number: 021XP-1332
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Vivek Nagarkar
 Group Leader
 (617) 926-1167
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: President
Phone: (617) 926-1167
Email: gentine@rmdinc.com
Research Institution
High speed X-ray imaging is extremely important for several military and civilian applications such as analyzing ballistic impacts, imaging exploding land mines, medical computed tomography, time resolved X-ray diffraction of biological systems, and drugdevelopment research. The advent of high flux, micro-focused, X-ray sources have now facilitated high-speed imaging in laboratory environments. However, these X-ray sources have not yet realized their full potential due to the lack of a suitable fastx-ray imaging system. Specifically, a lack of high-resolution detection systems with large active imaging areas and a microsecond time resolution is the major limiting factor in these important applications.To address these limitations we propose to develop a novel x-ray imaging system based on a high resolution, high efficiency, fast-decay-time scintillator screen optically coupled to a new design of an ultra-fast CCD. The proposed digital system willcapture images at 1000000 frames per second or greater, with the effective dynamic range of 12 bits. The Phase I research will demonstrate the feasibility of the core technology and will provide a detailed plan for the Phase II system development. In addition to the air force application, the proposed detector would find widespread use in instrumentation where high resolution and fast readout x-ray detectors are used. These include numerous other defense applications, medical functional imaging,structural biology, microtomography of teeth and bones, polymer processing, x-ray astronomy, nondestructive testing, and basic physics research. High-resolution digital x-ray imaging detectors currently have a large commercial market, and as such, theproposed development holds a very high potential for commercialization.

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