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Sydor Instruments Receives $150,000 Grant from Defense Threat Reduction Agency — Grant will advance development of state-of-the-art x-ray detector technology for use in fast irreversible process experiments

ROCHESTER, N.Y., May 18, 2016 – Sydor Instruments, A Sydor Technologies Company, announced today that it has been awarded a $150,000 SBIR Phase I grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). This grant from the DTRA is the first for Sydor Instruments from an agency within the U.S. Department of Defense. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Cornell University to demonstrate the feasibility of developing a high energy x-ray detector, called the Keck-PAD fast-framing hybrid x-ray pixel array detector, to meet immediate and future detector needs for the emerging applications in the study of fast irreversible processes. Irreversible processes or “single shot” experiments are challenging since they require detectors that can obtain a succession of x-ray images within the time frame of the process in question. The limitations of current technology have raised the need for the Keck-PAD which will be capable of sampling at MHz rates, will have single x-ray sensitivity, high dynamic range/pixel/frame and high efficiencies at high x-ray energies.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this SBIR Phase I grant and would like to thank Cornell University for its partnership and collaboration during this process. The Keck-PAD provides an ideal platform for the development of a high energy x-ray detector to address the limitations of current technology and the emerging needs in the study of fast irreversible processes in fields such as material processing under extreme conditions, material failure analysis and fuels spray analysis. This grant reinforces the importance of this advanced technology in helping to further the DTRA’s unique focus of countering threats posed by weapons of mass destruction and high-yield explosives,” stated Mark Katafiaz, General Manager, Sydor Instruments.

About Sydor Instruments
Sydor Instruments, A Sydor Technologies Company (, is a global leader in providing comprehensive solutions for high-speed imaging and diagnostics. The company 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. Sydor Instruments offers the best in state-of-the-art technology streak cameras, x-ray detectors, x-ray beam monitors, image intensifiers, photomultipliers and more.

About Sydor Technologies
Sydor Technologies ( is a global leader in providing comprehensive, customized solutions for the most complex measurement challenges in the defense, energy, security and research industries. The company has two primary operating units, Sydor Instruments, A Sydor Technologies Company, which specializes in high-speed imaging systems and diagnostics and Sabre Ballistics, A Sydor Technologies Company, which specializes in ballistic and impact test systems. The company operates in 33 countries around the world with its world headquarters located in Rochester, NY.

Media Contact:
Mark Katafiaz, General Manager, Sydor Instruments
Phone: 585-278-1168