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Instrumentation Division Overview

Mission

To develop state-of-the-art instrumentation required for experimental research programs at Brookhaven Lab and to maintain the expertise and facilities in specialized high technology areas essential for this work. Development of facilities is motivated by present Brookhaven research programs and anticipated future directions of research. Our work has a significant impact on programs throughout the world that rely on state-of-the-art radiation detectors and readout electronics.

David Asner, Division Head
Gabriella Carini, Deputy Division Head

Research Areas

  • Semiconductor detectors
  • Gas and Noble liquid detectors
  • Microelectronics
  • Lasers and Optics
  • Micro/Nano fabrication

Facilities

  • Clean rooms for semiconductor processing (Class 100) and detector fabrication
  • Laser and optics laboratories
  • Hybrid and integrated circuit design and testing
  • Microfabrication and electron microscopy laboratory
  • Printed circuit fabrication
  • Irradiation facility

Highlights of Accomplishments

  • Gas detectors, electronics - (1948)
  • Fast(┬Ás) transistorized electronics for physics experiments - (1956)
  • First Si detectors, nanosecond electronics - (1960)
  • Positron emission tomography detector - (1960)
  • Germanium detectors, low noise electronics - (1965)
  • LAr ionization chambers for calorimetry - (1973)
  • Detectors for neutron scattering - (1976)
  • Optical metrology - (1979)
  • Electron microscopy, MEMS - (1980)
  • First synchrotron X-ray detectors - (1982)
  • Silicon drift detector invented - (1983)
  • Cryogenic electronics - (1984)
  • Lasers in accelerator technology - (1985)
  • Si detectors for HEP/NP - (1986)
  • Gas detectors for heavy ion physics - (1986)
  • Long Trace Profiler - (1987)
  • Monolithic low-noise circuits - (1990)
  • LAr, LKr ionization chambers, SSC, LHC: - (1993)
  • Nanostructures - (1994)
  • Deep sub-micron low-noise circuits - (1997)
  • Ultrafast optical techniques - (2000)
  • Neutron/Gamma detectors for Homeland Security - (2002)
  • Small animal imaging - (2003)
  • Silicon detectors for synchrotron radiation - (2004)
  • LSST: Lead for focal plane sensor array - (2005)
  • Beam diagnostics - (2006)
  • Neutrino Experiments (MicroBoone, LBNE) - (2009)
  • Low Temperature Microelectronics - (2010)

Staff

  • 16 Scientific
  • 3 Post Doctoral
  • 8 Professional
  • 13 Technical
  • 4 Administrative

Patents

  • Surface profiling interferometer/ US Patent# 4884697 - (1989)
  • Low noise charge sensitive preamplifier DC stabilized without physical resistor / US Patent# 5347231 - (1994)
  • Monolithic amplifier with stable, high resistance feedback element/ US Patent# 5793254 - (1998)
  • Photon generator/ US Patent# 6459766 - (2002)
  • Offset-free rail-to-rail deramdomizing peak detect and hold circuit/ US Patent# 6512399 - (2003)
  • Method of surface preparation of Niobium/ US Patent# 6524170 - (2003)
  • Method for fabricating a high aspect ratio microstructure/ US Patent# 6558868 - (2003)
  • Beam splitter and method for generating equal optical path length beams/ US Patent# 6611379 - (2003)
  • Method and apparatus for linear low-frequency feedback in monolithic low noise charge amplifiers/ US Patent# 6998913 - (2006)
  • Method and apparatus for clockless A-D conversion and peak detection/ US Patent# 7187316 - (2007)
  • Secondary emission electron gun using external primaries/ US Patent# 7227297 - (2007)
  • Device and method for measurement of depth of interaction using coplanar electrodes/ US Patent# 7271395 - (2007)
  • Method and apparatus for signal processing in a sensor system used in spectroscopy/ US Patent# 7378637 - (2008)
  • Secondary emission electron gun using external primaries/ US Patent# 7601042 - (2009)
  • Multi-anode ionization chamber/ US Patent# 7858949 - (2010)

Total Laboratory/Office Space

36,000 sq. feet