Funding and co-funding

Main funding for the project is coming from EIT Raw Materials as project number 17221 starting from year 2018 and ending in 2020.

The project, as requested from EIT Raw Materials, is co-funded by several other projects as listed here:

Partners Project title Start-end dates Description
Fondazione Bruno Kessler LOFT-EUFEL1 01/01/2015 31/12/2017 Development of multianode large area linear silicon sensor for the 2-50 keV energy range specifically designed for space applications. Fabrication of such large detectors has obliged FBK to refine the process to have a small leakage current and increase production yield and not merely production of a few sample of working detectors.
Fondazione Bruno Kessler NEXRAY1 01/01/2015 31/12/2015 First part (activity was divided into yearly contracts) of activity carried out under a contract with a large company to develop single anode central symmetry silicon sensor for analytical application in the X-Ray range (X-Ray fluorescence, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry). Particular attention has been devoted to the reduction of the leakage current to improve energy resolution. The knowledge gained in this activity is the second main pillar for the fabrication of the detector to be produced for the instrument. In particular within this activity also tests for bonding and packaging the detectors have been started.
Fondazione Bruno Kessler XFEL2 01/01/2016 31/12/2017 Project aiming at the development of multianode detector modules to be produced for the XFEL (X-Ray Free electron laser) with special focus to high count rates.
Fondazione Bruno Kessler NEXRAY2 01/01/2016 31/12/2016 This is the second part (activity was divided into yearly contracts) of activity carried out under a contract with a large company to develop single anode central symmetry silicon sensor for analytical application in the X-Ray range (X-Ray fluorescence, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry). Particular attention has been devoted to the reduction of the leakage current to improve energy resolution.
Fondazione Bruno Kessler NEXRAY3 01/01/2017 31/12/2017 This is the third part (activity was divided into yearly contracts) of activity carried out under a contract with a large company to develop single anode central symmetry silicon sensor for analytical application in the X-Ray range (X-Ray fluorescence, Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometry). Particular attention has been devoted to the reduction of the leakage current to improve energy resolution.
Fondazione Bruno Kessler LOFT-EUFEL2 01/01/2017 31/12/2017 New contract for the development of multianode large area linear silicon sensor  for  the 2-50 keV energy range specifically designed for space applications. Fabrication of such large detectors has obliged FBK to refine the process to have a small leakage current and increase production yield and not merely production of a few sample of working detectors.
Hub Innovazione Trentino – Fondazione (HIT) HIT Innovation to Market 01/01/2016 HIT Innovation to market activities focus on connecting scientific excellence to opportunities for market innovation, aiming to create opportunities for economic development. Our specialisation range from technology transfer and technology transfer services, to open innovation initiatives, and research-industry platforms and ventures.
Università degli Studi di Trento, BRGM (The French geological survey), ERAMET IDeas, INEL-Thermo Fisher Scientific UE H2020 project SOLSA 01/02/2016 31/01/2020 ERAMET is the coordinator of the SOLSA project to build an expert system for drilling, mapping and analysing drill core on site-on mine. In the SOLSA project UNITN is responsible for the development of the software for the combined analysis by XRD, XRF and Raman to obtain mineralogical and chemical quantification of sonic drill cores. The automatic software for this project will be realised using the methodologies and routines of the XRD-XRF part only and scaled down to work with the particular data from the Paired-X instrument. BRGM is responsible for laboratory and field testing of the drill core scanner using XRD, XRF, Raman and Hyperspectral measurements. BRGM will also provide with ERAMET Research the standard mineralogical samples to validate the technology and perform comparative testing with the instrumentation in their laboratories. INEL-Thermo Fisher Scientific is building the combined XRD + XRF + Raman + hyperspectral measuring head and conveyor to scan and map the drill cores. The knowledge, experience and manufacturing skills will be used to build the reduced version with only XRD and XRF used in this project. All the trials and tests to identify the best components, type of source, filters etc. will be used for this instrument. Also the acquisition software will be a simplify version of the SOLSA instrument.
ERAMET IDeas Geometallurgy study of Mn oxides deposits : example of Bafoula (Gabon) 01/02/2016 31/12/2016 The development of laboratory methodologies to characterize Mn oxides ores (XRD, SEM-Qemscan, microprobe analysis)
Politecnico di Milano Development of the preamplifier CUBE 01/01/2018 30/09/2019 This activity is related to the development and use of the preamplifier CUBE. CUBE is a monolithic charge preamplifier equipped with a PMOSFET input transistor optimized to reach the best noise performances. The small CUBE die (<1 mm3) includes the whole preamplifier and not only the input FET. This feature allows to provide already at the output of the detection module the output waveform of the preamplifier without additional stages and to drive the signal at relatively long distance (tens of cm) up to the following processing unit (analog or digital processor). This feature is of particular interest when arrays of SDDs have to be connected to the readout electronics because it relaxes the distance constraints between detector and readout ASICs. This solution only requires a placement of the preamplifier die very close to the detector, similar to the conventional mounting used for an external JFET. With regard to noise performance, the CUBE preamplifier used with PIN diodes has already demonstrated very good results, in particular at short shaping times. The use of this know-how related to CUBE is very relevant for this project, in view of the design of the front-end preamplifiers to be used for the PIN detector developed in PairedX.