GW Inventor, Mona Zaghloul, wins STTR Grant to Develop Photocathode Electron Sources with Muons, Inc.

June 26, 2017

Professor Mona Zaghloul (Electrical and Computer Engineering) is the principal investigator on a nine-month, $45,200 grant from the Department of Energy for the project “Surface Acoustic Wave Enhancement of Photocathode Performance.”  The project is Phase I of a three-phase SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer) grant.  Under the grant, GW will work with the company Muons, Inc. to develop photocathode electron sources that can be incorporated into a conventional electron microscope to achieve more versatile capabilities. Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW) on piezoelectric substrate can significantly suppress recombination effects and enhance efficiency, and this project aims to develop the use of SAW on photocathodes to control their emittance and improve their efficiency.