Sydor Instruments Awarded Federal Grant from Department of Energy

$987,500 grant will fund state-of-the-art x-ray beam monitor

Sydor Instruments has been awarded a Phase IIA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in the amount of $987,500 from the Department of Energy. Sydor Instruments will use this grant in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University to develop commercial diamond beam position, timing and flux monitors that feature functionality not available today. The x-ray beam monitor will be robust enough to accommodate the high x-ray beam fluxes from 3rd generation synchrotron beamlines, while also retaining the sensitivity to observe monochromatic beams on a per pulse basis. In addition, it will enable closed loop beam diagnostics to aid in the trouble shooting and optimization of current and future beamlines throughout the synchrotron radiation community.

“We are very pleased with being awarded this SBIR Phase IIA grant and would like to thank Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University for their partnership and collaboration during this process. This grant from the Department of Energy reinforces the importance of further developing this technology which will provide a valuable tool to fully utilize the world’s brightest synchrotrons. This program will advance diamond-based position monitors for synchrotron beamlines that address a technological gap between the ability to generate and focus an x-ray beam; and the ability to effectively use that beam for the intended science goal. This novel diamond-based transmission beam monitor has been shown to have unprecedented linear behavior combined with the ability to determine intensity, position and timing suitable to meet the user demand for increasingly high flux, small focus size and beam stability, ” stated Michael Pavia, President of Sydor Instruments.

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