Rayonix wins DoE Phase I SBIR grant

InteliSpark client Rayonix has been awarded a Department of Energy Phase I SBIR grant. The grant is for the SBIR project “Development and Commercialization of a Novel Two-Color Hybrid Pixel X-Ray Detector”.  Rayonix builds the most advanced large area X-ray detectors on the market. These detectors allow scientists to make strides while researching a number of different scientific fields.

Under the SBIR project, Rayonix will develop and commercialize a fast-new hybrid pixel array detector for use at synchrotron facilities. This new X-ray detector, is referred to as the cPix2. It offers significant novel properties: the ability to record two simultaneous X-ray images at different colors or sample times, and the ability to accurately measure much more intense X-rays than previously possible. The cPix2, has capabilities that are currently not available on the market, such as sync mode for high photon count rate capability, and the ability to produce two full-resolution images per X-ray exposure.

ASIC 48x48 pixel prototype design is completed and physical devices will be available before this grant begins. Standardized Si sensors are available to be bump bonded and SLAC collaborators have the expertise and equipment to accomplish this during Phase I. SLAC is also able to build a first complete camera with readout electronics and computer interface card. At this point the cPix2 will be characterized with X-rays. Software development to produce a Linux driver, user interface and calibration tools, is to be completed by Rayonix. Computer hardware will also be provided by Rayonix and integrated with the new X-ray detector, to produce a complete system that can easily be transported to any synchrotron.

Several scientists and institutions have not only expressed support for this project but are ready to aid in the actual experiments to reach this goal. The cPix2 will be commercially available worldwide which will benefit many different material science research and industry fields and many new classes of experiments, such as pump-probe X-ray scattering, X-ray fluorescence, and time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy, leading to advances in materials research and life sciences.