Fermilab holds a number of patents and copyrights that are available for licensing to interested parties. Such licensing may be non-exclusive or exclusive depending on the interests of the laboratory and the licensing party. Here are just a few of Fermilab's newest technologies that are available for license:
Historically accelerator systems relied on expensive power sources, limiting their application to a few fields of use. Fermilab has developed techniques enabling the use of magnetrons – devices that have been used for decades in appliances like microwave ovens – to power accelerator devices, reducing the cost per watt. Reducing the cost of these systems will enable a whole new range of possibilities for industrial applications.
The United States pays $50 billion per year to repair and maintain the 2.2 million miles of asphalt roads that crisscross the nation. This is because the basic building material of asphalt is gravel and sand held together by bitumen, a material that oxidizes and cracks when cold and under load. Fermilab has developed a concept for truck-mounted electron accelerators that can be used to treat freshly laid asphalt on the roads. This treatment turns the asphalt into a tougher, longer-lasting material, significantly extending the life of our roads.
Many industries see a constant need for higher-resolution imaging systems. Fermilab has developed a large-area, highly segmented camera system with seamless imaging up to 20 centimeters by 20 centimeters, with pixel sizes on the order of 100-150 micrometers without any dead space. This technology has several applications, from correlated x-ray spectroscopy for high-energy physics to small molecule imaging for medical applications.
Electronic devices are getting smaller and more energy-efficient. This means they are more susceptible to single-event upsets – a malfunction caused by particles in the atmosphere interfering with electronic systems. SEUSS is a latch that can beconfigured in a number of ways familiar to electronic engineers, a latch that suppresses these single-event upsets. The beauty of SEUSS is that it gives electrical engineers a unique freedom of design, since it can behave like any known latch. It offers single-event upset tolerance while maintaining flexibility in design, and saves money in the process.
High-energy physics deals with huge amounts of streaming data every second. Fermilab has developed a high-speed pattern recognition system that uses 3-D vertical integrated chip technology for fast pattern recognition. This technology would impact industries that deal with large amounts of streaming data – for example, detecting subtle patterns of fraud in financial transactions, or mapping behavioral trends in the stock market.
Information is stored and transferred in packets. Every system that deals with high-speed transfer of electronic information is susceptible to packet drop – a partial loss of data that can have serious consequences. WireCAP is a novel packet-capture engine that works with commodity network interface cards for a less expensive way to eliminate packet drop. WireCAP has been shown to achieve better packet-capture performance when compared to existing technologies.
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