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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Silicon photomultipliers: alternative to PMT

SensL has announced a new website and application focus around their silicon photomultiplier (SPM) technology, demonstrating real and distinct advantages of this solid state alternative to the traditional photomultiplier tube (PMT).

"Markets such as homeland security, nuclear medicine, and analytical instruments can significantly benefit from the robustness, magnetic compatibility and improved form factor of the SPM compared with older PMTs, while enjoying enhanced performance," said Carl Jackson, SensL's CTO.

Solid State, Silicon Photomultiplier (SPM) detectors are fast becoming the preferred choice for applications such as high energy physics, radiation detection, PET/MRI, confocal microscopy, cytometry and spectroscopy. In particular, the SPM has been shown to be a key technology enabler in applications that reside in environments which are detrimental to the operation of current PMT technology.

To coincide with the focus on the PMT replacement market, SensL launched the dedicated website, www.siliconphotomultiplier.com, which SensL will use to promote the technology and educate the customer on the SPM as a replacement for the Photomultiplier Tube. SensL hopes to assist in the move away from old vacuum tube based technology and migration towards a modern solid-state solution.