Arktis, Scionix partnering on new radiation detection device
They hope to be able to develop this technology to improve performance on radiation detection and to make the tools used in the process more durable. The research project is being funded by Eurostars, a joint program between EUREKA and the European Commission.
Vacuum photomultiplier tubes (PMT) are a primary component in current detection devices. They are commonly made out of glass and are costly to manufacture. Arktis and Scionix hope to replace PMTs with a system utilizing a solid-state optical readout that would be able to be integrated into existing systems.
Arktis said with SIPR technology, gamma detection has the potential to be opened to other applications within areas relating to homeland security, oil and gas, nuclear power, and manufacturing.
As part of this agreement, Arktis will be integrating the new technology into its portfolio of detection devices and systems. The plastic component also would be made available as a stand-alone product.