October 15, 2012
CAMD Conference Room
X-ray detector development at the National Synchrotron Light Source
Dr. Peter Siddons
Brookhaven National Laboratory
NSLS has a program of development of advanced detectors for synchrotron radiation
applications. The program is a collaboration between NSLS and BNL's Instrumentation Division.
The imminent arrival of NSLS-II and its roughly 1000 times brightness enhancement over NSLS
reinforces the need for better detectors, and in this talk I will describe the projects currently
underway to address those needs.
Dr. Peter Siddons is the group leader of Experimental Systems Detectors Section at Brookhaven National
Laboratory. He has been at BNL since 1985. Initially he worked on X-ray optics designing lenses and
mirrors. Since 2000 he has been working on X-ray detectors trying to make efficient use of all the
photons coming from the electron storage ring. Of special interest to CAMD, he served on the review
committee for the protein crystallography beamline. His design was also used to fabricate the double
crystal monochromators for the protein crystallography and the tomography beamlines. Dr. Siddons’
team won R&D Magazine's 100 award in 2011 for their design of Maia X-ray detector which is 1000x
faster than the common X-ray detectors.