Technical Papers


An Atomic Layer Deposition Method to Fabricate Microchannel Plates for Photodetectors We demonstrate an economical and robust route to fabricate large-area microchannel plate (MCP) detectors which will open new opportunities in larger area MCP-based detector technologies. Using our newly developed bottom-up process flow, we have fabricated large area MCPs (8”x8”).

Advances in Microchannel Plates and Photocathodes for Ultraviolet Photon Counting Detectors A new method of fabricating microchannel plates has been investigated, employing microcapillary arrays of borosilicate glass that are deposited with resistive and secondary emissive layers using atomic layer deposition.

The Development of Large-Area Glass Capillary MCP-based Photodetectors In conjunction with the University of Chicago Argonne National Laboratory, we provide a working demonstration of a delay-line anode design consisting of a pair of 8″ x 8″ MCPs.

Life Science Microfluidics

Direct Contact Fiber Optic Plates for the Detection of Luminescent Cells, by Drs. David W. Stowe and Michael J. Minot, explains the advantages of fiber optics when used for detection and readout of the optical signals from microarrays. Fiber optic plates use fused optical fibers to transfer images coherently from the microarray to the sensor, which significantly enhances system performance in certain direct contact imaging applications.

This paper also reviews applications of microarrays, discusses performance criteria and limitations of fiber optic plates used for direct contact detection, and calculates the signal-to-noise advantage. The paper also gives suggestions for advances in components and instrumentation.

High Density Low Cost Microfluidic Addressable Microwell Biochips, by Dr. Michael J. Minot and Christopher A. Craven of Incom and Dr. George Cernigliaro of MicroChem Corp, is an illustration that shows the process by which Incom and MicroChem have worked together to produce a next generation product that incorporates patterned microwells formed from a photopatterned epoxy layer adhered to the glass fiber optic substrate.

Digital X-rays for Medical and Industrial

X-Ray Attenuation Modeling: Incom’s research efforts have provided us with an understanding of the relationships between X-Ray photon energy, glass formualtions, and core/cladding fractional area on X-Ray attenuation. Beyond what is found in this paper Incom has multiple materials that have been optimized to attenuate 99.9% of X-Rays and the thinnest fiber optic plates manufacturable.