Sydor Instruments, a Rochester, NY-based provider of comprehensive solutions for high-speed imaging and diagnostics, received a $1m Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II grant from the Department of Energy.
Led by Mark Katafiaz, General Manager, Sydor Instruments is an operating unit of Sydor Technologies that provides customers with custom diagnostics and ultrafast imaging systems for a variety of applications in science and industry where the highest resolution and accuracy is required.
The company will use the grant in collaboration with Cornell to further advance the commercialization effort of the Keck-PAD fast-framing hybrid x-ray pixel array detector to meet detector needs for applications in the study of material behavior. The Phase II program will advance the Phase I detector design to where it can be readily manufactured to meet immediate market needs and will produce two beta prototypes for testing.
The laboratory prototype Keck-PAD has been shown to be capable of acquiring up to 12 successive x-ray images at frame rates of ~7 MHz with single x-ray sensitivity and with a dynamic range exceeding 103 x-rays/pixel/frame, a significant improvement over current technology.
The ability of acquiring x-ray data in the MHz regime through direct x-ray detection will improve the ability to study single shot or irreversible structural transformations and will allow users to extract more time resolved data with high accuracy.