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Stellarray Receives Grant for X-ray Microscope

5 September 2018

Stellarray, Inc. announced that it has been awarded a Phase I SBIR research grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the development of a highly novel x-ray microscope. An objective of Phase I is to develop a very high brightness source of x-rays from apertures under 100 nanometers, to enable cell and other imaging studies in a bench-top microscopy system. The x-ray generator will use aspects of Stellarray’s patented “forward flux channel” x-ray source, combined with x-ray focusing and waveguide structures.

The overall objective of the project is a bench-top system with x-ray brightness approximating that of earlier generation synchrotrons, to enable image acquisition in reasonable time periods. The Stellarray approach may also allow tomographic imaging without rotation of the samples. These features will help make x-ray microscopy more widely available and useful in a range of cell studies, protein crystallography and other medical applications.

Stellarray develops and manufactures novel x-ray sources and systems according to ISO 13485 medical device standards in a fully-equipped research and manufacturing facility in north Austin. The company is also developing digital “smart x-ray sources” for next generation computed tomography and irradiators to replace dangerous radioactive isotopes. For further information please contact info@stellar-ray.com.