Nano-electrode Multi-well High-gain Avalanche Rushing Photoconductor (NEW-HARP)


Amorphous Selenium (a-Se), previously developed for photocopying machines, has become commercially used in x-ray photoconductors for Flat-Panel Detectors (FPDs). However, current FPDs are limited by degradation of low-dose imaging performance due to electronic noise. The energy required to generate an electron-hole pair in a-Se is extremely high and unreliable to constantly reproduce perfectly.


This technology is a Time of flight (TOF) detector including a scintillator, a common electrode, a pixel electrode, a multitude of insulating layers with a multitude of nano-pillars formed in a large group of insulating layers, and a nano-scale well structure between adjacent nano-pillars (where a-Se separates them). a-Se is used as the photoconductive material; this provides a radiation detector that solves the disadvantages of conventional detectors. The method of detection includes detecting the motion of holes throughout a region that includes a large amount of electrodes, insulating layers, and a substrate including nano-pillars. The a-Se is injected between adjacent nano-pillars when this technology is manufactured.


Ultra-fast photo response - ultra-high time resolution


Solid-state Imaging detectors of ionizing Radiation - Amorphous selenium Radiation detectors

Patent Status


Stage Of Development

[US Patent 9,941,428](

Licensing Potential

Development partner,Commercial partner,Licensing

Licensing Status

Available for licensing.

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Patent Information:
Case ID: R8535
For Information, Contact:
Donna Tumminello
Assistant Director
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Wei Zhao
Amirhossein Goldan
John Rowlands