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ETH Selects Zecotek's Solid-State Micro-Pixel Avalanche Photo Diodes to Study Cosmic Rays

Zecotek Photonics Inc (TSX-V: ZMS; Frankfurt: W1I), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for medical, industrial and scientific markets, today announced that the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) has selected Zecotek’s new-generation, solid-state micro-pixel avalanche photo diodes (MAPD) as a key component in the electromagnetic calorimeter aimed at the development of a science platform for cosmic-ray measurements.

“Our decision to purchase Zecotek’s MAPDs was based on our requirement for photo detectors with very high dynamic range and good quantum efficiency,” said Dr. Werner Lustermann, a senior researcher at the famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. “Zecotek’s MAPDs are unique devices, as they combine, linearity over a wide dynamic range with a high gain when compared to APDs, a good quantum efficiency, low operation voltage, magnetic field tolerance, small form factor, robustness and easy handling.”

“We are very pleased that ETH has selected our MAPD for this new application,” said Dr. Faouzi Zerrouk, Chairman, President and CEO of Zecotek Photonics. “It is another clear endorsement of our MAPD’s unique properties and we are particularly pleased in being selected for yet another important experiment at the frontier of High Energy Physics.”

The order will be delivered through Zecotek Imaging Systems Pte Ltd, Zecotek’s Singapore-based and wholly-owned subsidiary. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s decision to select Zecotek’s unique patented MAPD followed from previous experiments at CERN and Zecotek’s participation in a recent CERN sponsored colloquium on Silicon Photo Detectors (SiPM’s).

The device will be tested and calibrated at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) in September 2011.

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