ASU center, PARC produce world's largest flexible X-ray detector

March 18, 2013

The Flexible Electronics and Display Center at Arizona State University (formerly the Flexible Display Center) and PARC, a Xerox company, announced that they successfully manufactured the world's largest flexible X-ray detector prototype using advanced thin film transistors.

Measuring 7.9 diagonal inches, the device was jointly developed at the center and PARC in conjunction with the Army Research Lab and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. This device will be used to advance the development of flexible X-ray detectors for use in thin, lightweight, conformable and highly rugged devices. World's largest flexible X-ray detector prototype Download Full Image

The thin film transistors and PIN diode processing was done on the 470mm by 370 mm Gen II line at the Flexible Electronics and Display Center. This device showcases the center's successful scale up to GEN II, and the ability to produce sensors and displays using thin film transistors in standard process flows with the center's proprietary bond/de-bond technology.

The system design and integration was done at PARC. The flexible X-ray sensor was coupled to a flexible electrophoretic display and electronics to provide a self-contained, direct-view unit (including battery, user-interface and software). This system shows PARC's capability to build user-defined prototype systems incorporating novel device physics, materials and technology. PARC has extensive experience in building large-area electronic systems, display and backplane prototypes, and organic and printed electronics.

Actor Anthony Rapp to give talk on 'Rent' musical, social issues

March 18, 2013

Anthony Rapp, the actor who originated the role of Mark Cohen in the Broadway musical "Rent," is visiting Arizona State University to share his story with the Sun Devil community.

Rapp will take us through his career, the loss of his friend and Rent playwright Jonathan Larson, and his mother’s battle with cancer. Download Full Image

In an insightful exploration of the social importance of the show, Rapp will highlight the role Rent played in thrusting LGBT, HIV/AIDS and poverty issues into the national spotlight.

This event is free to ASU students. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 7 p.m., in Murdock Hall 101, and wristbands will be distributed until full capacity is reached. No tickets or RSVP necessary.

"An Evening with Anthony Rapp" is presented by the Undergraduate Student Government - Tempe, in collaboration with the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute, and is part of the Sun Devil Coalition Lecture Series.

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Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library