ModuPIX Tracker: Compact Particle Tracker


3D compact particle tracker for scientific research

ModuPIX Tracker was designed with special emphasis to particle tracking which is often required in a scientific experimental work. Two fast versatile ModuPIX modules are assembled and synchronised providing 3D particle tracking capability. Each module is a single Timepix device with fast parallel readout with up to 850 frames per second. The independent USB 2.0 communication channel for each device assures uncompromised read-out speed of the complete system. All modules in the system can be operated synchronously or triggered independently. The sensor type and thickness is of customer choice.
ModuPIX Tracker can be used in variety of applications such as particle tracking, Time-of-flight imaging, multilayer Compton camera, radiation monitoring and many other. The sensors can be adapted for neutron imaging by deposition of converter layers (6LiF). The spatial resolution in some applications (thermal neutrons) can reach units of microns or even submicrometric level (ions).



Sensor Material: Si
Sensor Thickness: 300 μm, 500 μm and 675 μm
Sensitive Area: 14 mm x 14 mm
Number of Layers: 2 layers
Number of Pixels in layer: 256 x 256
Pixel Pitch: 55 μm
Resolution: 9 lp/mm
Readout Speed: 850 frames/s
Photon Counting Speed: Up to 3 x 106 photons/s/pixel
Threshold Step Resolution: 0.1 keV
Energy Resolution: 0.8 keV (THL) and 2 keV (ToT)
Readout Chip: Timepix
Pixel Mode of Operation: Counting, Time-over-Threshold, Time-of -Arrival
Connectivity: USB 2.0
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 171 x 70 x 36 mm
Software: Pixet Pro


Charge Particle Tracking and Space Dosimetry

Spatial-correlated radiation dose on flight path of ISS mapped on Earth at 400 km altitude. Courtesy of NASA.

NASA together with IEAP CTU and University of Houston has used MiniPIX type of cameras in the International Space Station (ISS) to track charged particles and measure their energy deposited to study and surveil the radiation exposure that astronauts face in space. It is possible to measure accurately the dose in the complex environment of space where the radiation environment is completely different than on surface of the Earth.
NASA is flying the ADVACAM’s ModuPIX Tracker in the International Space Station since March 2017. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the capability to determine the directional characteristics of charged particle energy spectra in space.


Reconstructed image of human hemoglobin (HBA1) protein.

X-ray crystallography is used to study detailed atomic or molecular structure of the sample at synchrotrons. High frame rate AdvaPIX QUAD is specially designed for combined Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) and Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS). The open space in the center of the camera allows the X-ray beam pass through the camera eliminating complete the need to use a beam stop in front of the camera.

High resolution neutron imaging

Siemens start imaged with cold neutrons in high resolution of 2.5 um and image size of 2560×2560 pixels. Courtesy if IEAP CTU.

AdvaPIX camera with detector coated by thin film of LiF is able to achieve ultra-high spatial resolution for thermal neutron imaging. The camera offers sigma of Point-Spread-Function spatial resolution of up to 2.5 µm. The camera’s field of view is 14×14 mm that gives at the maximum resolution 6.5 MPix.
The camera is equipped with a Silicon sensor with neutron conversion layer of 6LiF. Thermal neutrons are captured by 6Li that produces Alpha particles and tritons. These heavy charged particles are then detected in the Silicon sensor. The ultra-high spatial resolution is achieved by processing of individual neutron hits while taking into account also charge collection in the sensor. All this advanced processing is implemented in the camera software, which is simple to use.

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