Amptek was founded in 1977 by Alan C. Huber and John A. Pantazis to fulfill the needs of space instrumentation for off-the-shelf, high performance, high reliability, small size and low power dissipation instruments and components. Shortly thereafter, Amptek hybrid preamplifiers became the standard for the space industry as they were used worldwide by instrument makers in both Earth satellites and deep space probes Amptek applied its experience and knowledge of high performance space instruments to developing commercial radiation detectors and electronics in the 1990s. In 1994 it received the R&D 100 award for the XR100 X-Ray detector as one of the year’s most technologically significant products. The XR100 was selected for the Mars Pathfinder Mission and landed on Mars on July 4th, 1997. By 2003 the XR100 was the standard in the industry. It is now the most widely used X-Ray detector for XRF in the world.
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John Pantazis is the CEO and co-founder of Amptek. In 1997, the XR-100 X-ray detector, as an integral part of the Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer (AXPS) on the Mars Pathfinder mission, collected X-ray fluorescence spectra on the surface of Mars. He has also developed and provided product support for numerous hybrid charge sensitive preamplifiers and associated front-end electronics, and holds two U.S. Patents. In addition to his technical expertise, John has organized worldwide distribution and marketing of Amptek’s products and services, provided product support, contract and project management, as well as administrative and financial oversight.
John received his BA and MS degrees in Physics from Northeastern University in 1966 and 1967. From 1967 to 1986 he worked in the field of scientific satellite instrumentation at Emmanuel College Physics Research Division, a contractor to the U. S. Air Force. He worked on over 20 space flight instruments including electrostatic analyzers that measured electrons and ions, and detectors for high and low energy protons.
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