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Sydor Technologies Receives $150,000 from the Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR program for development of a Transparent X-ray Detector

ROCHESTER, N.Y., [JAN. 24, 2019] ‒ Sydor Technologies, a global provider of advanced x-ray detectors and diagnostic instrumentation for the energy, research, and defense industries, announced today that it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract worth $150,000. With this funding, in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Sydor Technologies will develop and commercialize a Transparent X-Ray Camera. The Transparent X-Ray Camera will image the x-ray beam profile at the time of impact with the target. This technology will provide scientists with fine details that were not previously available – such as the intensity distribution and profile of the beam. The ability to profile the beam is a key feature that will enable end users to fine-tune peripheral equipment, like mirrors, to achieve the beam-shape required for the experiment. Future uses would allow the sensor to be used in other X-ray applications like fusion, OEM devices, and high energy physics.

Modern X-ray lightsources produce higher intensity and energy pulses, resulting in the need for detectors capable of performing across a wider range of capabilities. High intensity X-rays destroy many traditional direct imaging devices, so the ability to image in-situ at these intensities is critical. The Transparent X-Ray Camera is engineered with leading-edge materials to withstand the intensity, measure across a wide dynamic range, and minimize distortions in the captured images. Sydor Technologies will extend BNL’s initial developments and produce an imaging beam monitor in a production-worthy commercial offering.

The initial Transparent X-Ray Camera will feature sub-50 μm pixels arranged into a 32×32 array, resulting in high spatial resolution. The provided electronics package will allow for an ultra-wide dynamic range, high sensitivity, and integrate feedback controls required to match the target applications. With the camera, researchers can gather real-time feedback with automatic control of these complex optical systems. Users will have more control over their beam-shape, experience shorter set-up times, troubleshoot with more efficiency, and ultimately save both time and money.

Sydor Technologies Vice President of US Operations, Mark Katafiaz, states “Our first work with BNL on diamond-based position monitors was a great success. As time passed, customers expressed the desire to gather profile information during impact while concurrently imaging. The Transparent X-Ray Camera will allow us to do both simultaneously. We are excited to bring this rugged camera to the high-intensity and energy x-ray market, where traditional cameras have failed. The solution we will offer will include this camera paired with multi-channel high-bandwidth readout electronics. With this package, scientists will be able to simultaneously image and gain valuable feedback control for the highest intensity light sources.”

About Sydor Technologies

Sydor Technologies is a global leader providing complex measurement solutions that generate critical results for the world’s most advanced applications in the defense, energy, ballistics, security, space, and research industries. Established in 2004, Sydor Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, NY and now supplies systems and support in over 33 countries. For more information, please visit

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