The US Department of Energy (DOE) awards Sydor Technologies a new $1.15M Phase II grant, which funds continued work with the Lab for Laser Energetics (LLE) to develop a fast photodiode with higher time resolution for UV and X-ray wavelengths, in addition to improved reading for improved diagnostics. The need for a rugged, condensed package and picosecond time resolution extends to the fields of laser characterization, synchrotrons, and high-throughput communication. There are no ultra-fast, high-sensitivity diodes at the lower wavelengths required in many fusion and X-ray non-electron laser experiments. built-in data collection and adjustable wavelength sensitivity that will serve a diverse physics scientific and diagnostic community.

ROCHESTER, NY, October 28, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Sydor Technologies, a world leader in advanced X-ray detectors, has received a new $1.15M SBIR Phase II grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to pursue the development of a fast photodiode with improved time resolution and integrated readout electronics for laser characterization, synchrotrons, and fusion experiments. The picosecond timing information, wavelength tunable sensitivity and compact commercial design will benefit fusion and high energy density physics facilities conducting ultra-fast timing experiments that require good quantum efficiency in regimes UV and deep X.

For example, measurements of beam timing in free-electron laser facilities monitor the timing of electron bunch pulses with repetition rates of 100 kHz in laser shock, plasma, and pump-probe experiments. optical/UV. These measurements require the detector rise and fall times to be less than 50 ps to monitor coarse synchronization. The size of the device is another important factor, especially in the crowded and complex target chambers of fusion installations. The need for a rugged, condensed package and picosecond time resolution extends to the fields of laser characterization and synchrotrons. There are currently no fast photodiodes available on the market with a UV/X-ray response time of less than 50 ps. Additionally, readout electronics that can actually take advantage of the fast time response are not readily available.

The primary focus of Phase II will be to develop and test the integrated readout electronics with the new photodiode prototype developed in Phase I. This effort will review the Phase I designs, develop the large analog front-end electronics speed and will provide system integration with a versatile software interface. . A parallel vein of research from the project will continue to advance diode manufacturing. This will focus on investigating alternative substrate compositions that have more uniform lattice constants and investigate the performance of alternatives to metal-semiconductor-metal material structures. Both research efforts will have long-term manufacturing benefits if they prove successful and commercially robust.

dr. Valerie FleischauerPrincipal Investigator and Development Researcher at Sydor Technologies, said, “The fast photodiode fulfills a niche requirement in fast timing measurements that is currently unmet. Marketing offers a solution for labs that are unable to obtain larger and more expensive measurements. time-measuring technologies, and will allow researchers to increase the lines of sight that are monitored in experiments.”

A commercially supported fast photodiode with sub-50 ps resolution will open a new era of fast and cost-effective timing measurements for pulse timing and pump-probe experiments. Free-electron laser facilities and pulsed soft X-ray source researchers will be able to measure pulse-to-pulse variations during experiments, which can provide groundbreaking insights into event outcomes at a one shot. Large facilities observing dozens of UV pulses and soft X-rays simultaneously can also take advantage of integrated electronics, eliminating the need to allocate expensive oscilloscopes to a single application. The continued partnership with the Lab for Laser Energetics (LLE) will provide innovative technological solutions that will help expand research opportunities.

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