Nuclear / High Energy Physics
Nuclear / High Energy Physics has dominated the order book, mainly double sided silicon microstrip detectors utilizing N-Type silicon for a wide range of projects including R3B/ISOLDE/MINOS/HIRA/BELLE2/ GASPARD and more recently for CLIC/LHCb/ATLAS supplying P-Type Silicon Pixels with up to 65,000 elements per detector with 10.15neq 1Mev/cm2 radiation hardness survival capability and large 100mm x 100mm windowless N-Type silicon pixels, Strippy Pad, for exotic nucleii research and new element identification.
Major expansion area with NASA/ESA/JAXA projects dominated by RBSP and the series of space weather satellites GOES-R for NOAA with the initial launch scheduled for November 2016 and more recently a series of low cost CUBESATS for University Space Research. Detector thickness covers a wide range from 9um /1000um for the FLY’S EYE dE/E for MMS to SOLAR PROBE PLUS, destined to be the closest satellite encounter to the SUN, 12um/25um/1000um double quadrant pixels with ultra 0.1um uniformity plusSOLAR ORBITER and JUICE,the latest JUPITER MISSiON exploring its icy moons ,these last two projects being ESA projects.Only NASA’s HNX’s DRAGON is more recent ,a planned coverage of 100mm x 100mm that will utilise 800 multielement detectors of precision thickness uniformity for studying heavier elements in near space,subject to successful on-going simulations at CERN .
Diamond Detectors ,a new product area, moving from R & D into commercial production, initially with single crystal detectors, offering full 12 months warranty,directed at time of flight studies due to picosecond response times and high temperature operation and radiation hardness for use in nuclear reactors due to the ultra low leakage currents, picamperes at room temperature and nanoamperes at +200C.
Synchrotron research is creating a significant demand for diamond quadrant designs for precision x-ray beam alignment.A special feature of diamond is its ability to detect fast neutrons due to carbon recoil without a converter particularly the D-T reaction 14.1Mev neutron used in latest nuclear reactor technology, ITER and deep underground exploration bore hole technology for hydrocarbons and other mineral deposits.
Mass Production of STANDARD PRODUCT DESIGNS delivered at competitive prices JUST IN TIME,to destinations around the world where long term reliability and tight control of quality and repeatability over many years is essential. Quantities are normally in the 100 to 1000 pieces supplied on a call-off basis to a schedule dictated by the customer’s needs.
The company operates a full traceability system audited to ISO9001. covers silicon gamma transient detectors/proton detectors in satellites/ back scattered electron detectors for electron microscopes mainly in annular quadrant formats and single element and multi-element silicon photodiodes used for laser detection from UV to NEAR INFRARED for optical readers, optical switches, sorters, drilling and cutting precision applications and for a wide range photon detection from scintillators emitting in the BLUE, GREEN and RED parts of the spectrum with ultra thin windowless technology for ULTRAVIOLET plus diamond photodiodes emerging as strong high performance for DEEP ULTRAVIOLET with a sharp cut-off at 240nm with diamond having the advantage over silicon in some applications by being solar blind.