Markus Kuster

Current and Future Imaging Detector Technology for High Brilliance Photon Sources

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This virtual seminar will be delivered using WebEx. Hosted by Gianluigi Botton and Frederic Le Pimpec.


Current and Future Imaging Detector Technology for High Brilliance Photon Sources

Markus Kuster

University of Tübingen

The photon sources and X-ray free-electron lasers that have become available in the last decade and are currently being upgraded place high demands on their instrumentation and associated imaging detectors to enable users of the facilities to fully exploit the scientific potential of the photon source.

In particular, the high brilliance of free-electron lasers has necessitated a technology shift away from counting detectors towards integrating detectors. Dedicated development programmes have led to new detector technologies that enable single shot imaging with high dynamic range at MHz pulse repetition rates in the energy range between 0.2 keV and 20 keV.

The current technological trend towards kHz to MHz single pulse imaging will continue with the next generation of detectors for photon science. In this talk I will give an overview of the current technology status and future trends.



Dr. Markus Kuster graduated from the University of Tübingen at the Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics in theoretical and experimental Astrophysics. His scientific research focuses on the development of detectors and instrumentation for space and terrestrial applications. During the last 25 years he worked in the fields of X-ray astronomy (X-ray pulsars), the race for dark matter (axions) and currently he is working on detectors for photon science.

 Further stations of his career were the Max-Planck Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, the University of Technology in Darmstadt and the European Organisation for Nuclear Research - CERN. At the European XFEL he was responsible for the detector program of the first-generation detector systems up to routine operation.

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