February 8, 2017 – From fundamental physics to the development of breakthrough technologies able to lead a highly innovative and specialised market segment. This is the success story of PIXIRAD, the first spin-off of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics that signed an agreement for its acquisition by Spectris. The business will be integrated into PANalytical, a Dutch company within Spectris’ Materials Analysis division that is leading the global market in supplying technologies to analyse and characterise materials with X-rays.
The combination of Pixirad’s know-how with PANalytical’s expertise in solutions utilising advanced X-ray detectors will result in rapid expansion of the range of applications addressed by existing and future instruments.
Spectris is a well-respected and long-established supplier of productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls. Headquartered and listed in the UK, Spectris employs around 8,900 people in more than 30 countries.
PIXIRAD has introduced an innovative, high quality X-ray imaging sensor with intrinsic digital characteristics. It is based on Chromatic Photon Counting technology and represents a radical leap forward compared to the standard methods currently on the market.
The PIXIRAD imaging sensors are able to count individually the incident X-ray photons and to separate them in real time according to their energy (two color images per exposure).
- Global count rate > 200 GHz
- Energy range 1-100 keV
- Energy resolution better than 2 keV (FWHM) @20 keV
PIXIRAD delivers extremely clear and highly detailed images for medical, biological, industrial and scientific applications. 1, 2, 4, 8 tile units are available.