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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Semiconductor photon detector

Amplification Technologies Inc. (ATI) has announced its first commercially available product. ATI has successfully developed a Discrete Amplification Photon Detector (DAPD10C Series) designed for the detection of extremely low-level light signals. The DAPD10C Series is one of a next generation of solid-state photomultipliers being developed by ATI that are expected to replace vacuum tube-based photodetectors in critical medical imaging, biomedical, industrial, and research applications.

Photodetectors based on the company's Discrete Amplification (DA) technology will be targeted for various existing markets and applications and are expected to also open up new areas that are currently constrained by the limitations of vacuum tube-based photodetectors. The technology allows a level of application-specific customization and performance optimization not possible using traditional photomultiplier tube (PMT) vacuum tube technology or conventional arrays of Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiode (APDs) such as Silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs). ATI's technology is flexible, and designed and patented to encompass detection of signals other than light. It could in principle be used to create new capabilities in sensing biological, chemical, and electrical signals.

"We are confident that the performance advantages of the DAPD10C Series will serve as a benchmark in photon detection, transcending current applications and replacing vacuum tube technology," said Jack N. Mayer, Executive Chairman of Amplification Technologies. "The breakthroughs reached with the DAPD10C Series are expected to provide significant advantages in scientific and medical applications."