16 March 2015

SHERATON Paris Airport, Conference Centre

Paris Roissy Charles de Gaulle, France


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This meeting will bring together established and new companies involved in the fabrication of semiconductor detector systems with beamline staff and scientists from the X-ray synchrotron community. Its aims are to:

- stimulate discussion around future spectroscopy detector systems and exchange ideas on how to solve challenging new spectroscopy applications at synchrotrons

- prepare the ground for partnerships between industrial providers and synchrotron scientists and engineers to provide spectroscopy detector systems beyond the present state of the art, considering this in the context of  the Horizon 2020 timescale and funding framework.


X-ray Spectroscopy measurements at synchrotrons are already limited by the maximum count-throughput rate of detectors and their associated data acquisition systems. In addition to higher performance systems  needed to satisfy immediate requirements,  new technical solutions are sought for the ultimate synchrotron storage ring sources that will be operating by 2020 and providing beamlines that are  ~100 times more brilliant than those now available. These new sources open the possibility of sub-millisecond spectroscopy using continuous scan imaging of samples, and ultrahigh brilliance beamlines enabling trace element detection down to the parts per billion level.


The meeting will begin with a presentation of how to effectively access the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme that spans 2014-2020 with almost 80B€ available funding. Invited synchrotron scientists already exploiting energy resolving detectors in their experimental work will describe the limitations of the detector systems in actual use, define challenging new detector specifications and describe some of the new scientific opportunities that these will enable.


Representatives of companies currently producing X-ray semiconductor spectroscopy detectors and their associated readout systems will give  short  'clip'  presentations of the state of the art of their technology, and future development possibilities that could offer the needed performance improvements. Attention will be given to multi-element spectroscopy detectors; arrays that combine near Fano-limited energy resolution with position resolution; and the control and data acquisition schemes needed to provide complete, beamline operational detector systems.  A round table discussion will identify and summarise the future areas of synchrotron sciences that will be enabled by new detectors, the specifications that must be achieved, the most appropriate detector technologies to pursue, and the partnerships that can be created to pursue these goals.








Organising Committee

Stephanie Hustache (Soleil), Thierry Martin, John Morse, Edward Mitchell (ESRF) and Prof. Laszlo Vincze (Univ. Ghent)

Administrative Valerie Bergerioux (ESRF)