Fast, Photon Counting Detector Arrays with Internal Gain

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,995.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85393
Award Id:
94622
Agency Tracking Number:
90086
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
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Richard Farrell
Mr.
(617) 668-6800
RFarrell@RMDINC.COM
Business Contact:
Gerald Entine
Dr.
(617) 668-6800
NMarshall@RMDInc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Third generation x-ray synchrotron facilities, such as Argonne National Laboratory¿s Advanced Photon Source, create high-brilliance x-ray beams that are focused to small spot sizes on a wide variety of materials and biological samples. The efficient use of these expensive facilities requires that the beam lines have fast, sensitive, low-noise x-ray detectors. However, commercially available x-ray detectors cannot satisfy all of the requirements of this demanding application. Therefore, this project will investigate the use silicon-based x-ray detector arrays for synchrotron beam line studies. These detector arrays will have internal gain for very fast response and nanosecond-scale timing resolution. The very high count-rate that can be achieved with such detectors would be very beneficial for X-ray studies conducted at synchrotron beam lines. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of producing X-ray detector arrays with fast response (~1-2 ns) and excellent signal-to-noise ratio. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee The proposed detectors should be very useful in X-ray detection studies conducted at synchrotron beam lines. Additional applications include nuclear and particle physics, astronomy, health physics, medical imaging, nuclear non-proliferation, and nondestructive studies.

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