Biological Security

Modules and electronic assemblies based on microchannel plates form part of a number of devices used for complex analysis of various biomaterials for protection against natural and industrial disasters.

For instance, mass spectrometers and ion microscopes are used for studying air and water samples. The purpose of the study is to identify pathogenic microbes, microorganisms, harmful impurities in the environment, including drinking water and waste water to prevent mass contamination. Devices with MCP are part of an instrumental laboratory complex for combinatorial targeted chemical analyses aimed at food control, identification and characterization of proteins/peptides, multilateral metabolomic studies, forensic analyses.

An example of a multifunctional detector module with MCPs are multi-anode photomultiplier tubes (MCP-PMT) with 54×54 mm MCPs.


  • Fluorescence microscopy, for example, in cellomics which is a set of methods for quantitative cell analysis that solves, along with problems in consumer product safety and toxicology, problems in medicine (cancer research) and in pharmaceuticals industry.
  • In air monitoring systems that detect nitrogen oxide and sulfur oxide emissions.
  • Time-resolved spectroscopy, radiation portal monitors for background radiation level analysis, gamma-spectrometers.
  • Lidars for various purposes.
  • Cherenkov radiation detector systems.
  • As sensors in multi-mode microplate readout devices.

The MCP devices are also used for monitoring fires on electric transmission lines (ETL) in order to record the relevant events at an early stage. For these purposes a modification of the Quartzite IIT by VTC Baspik can be used.


Detector Type MCPs
  • Rimmed MCP 50-10
  • Rimmed MCP 70-15
  • Rimmed MCP 87-12
Rectangular MCPs
  • MCP 54×54
  • MCP 100×100
  • MCP 20×90
  • MCP 70×90