We report on a cross-disciplined, multi-institutional effort to develop large-scale 'frugal' photo-detectors capable of mm-scale
space resolution and pico-second time resolution. This new R&D effort is being led by the High Energy Physics
branch within DOE. The large-area fast photodetectors (LAPPD) being developed would have applications in many
fields, including particle physics, astrophysics, nuclear sciences, and medical imaging. The basic approach uses novel
inexpensive micro channel pores which have been functionalized using a technique called atomic layer deposition. A
custom anode and fast electronics are used to readout the photodetector. High quantum efficiency photocathodes are
also being explored. The R&D program includes detailed testing and end to end simulations.
"Development of large area fast microchannel plate photo-detectors", Proc. SPIE 8033, Advanced Photon Counting Techniques V, 80330U (13 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884032; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.884032