Owen B Drury

Staff Scientist
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division
Email: odrury@llnl.gov
Phone: +19254220034


  • Ph.D., Biophysics, University of California at Davis, 2007
  • M.S., Applied Science, University of California at Davis, 2000
  • B.S., Physics, California State University, Sacramento, 1992

Research Interests

  • X-ray and gamma-ray spectrometer development.
  • Development of novel radiation detectors.
  • Soft x-ray spectroscopy of dilute materials using synchrotron light sources.

Honors and Awards

10/2006: Physics and Advanced Technologies Directorate Award. In recognition of 2006 R&D 100 Award for UltraSpec: An ultrahigh-resolution gamma and neutron spectrometer.
2006: R&D Magazine R&D 100. For the development of UltraSpec: An Ultrahigh-Resolution Gamma and Neutron Spectrometer. Selected by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 Most Technologically Significant New Products of the Year

Selected Publications

J.G. Dreyer, W. Hennig, H. Tan, Niedermayr, D. Breus, O.B. Drury, W.K. Warburton and S. Friedrich 2008. Development of a Digital Signal Readout System for Large TES Arrays. Journal of Low Temperature Physics 151 (3-4): 958-963.

S. Friedrich, O. B. Drury, S. J. George & S. P. Cramer. The superconducting high-resolution soft X-ray spectrometer at the advanced biological and environmental X-ray facility. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, vol. 582, no. 1, pages 187–189, 2007.

Stephan Friedrich, Owen B. Drury, Shaopang Yuan, Piotr Szupryczynski, Merry A. Spurrier & Charles L. Melcher. A 36-pixel tunnel junction soft x-ray spectrometer for scintillator material science. IEEE Transactions On Applied Superconductivity, vol. 17, pages 351–354, 2007.

Drury, OB; Friedrich, S; George, SJ; Cramer, SP. 2006. The advantages of soft X rays and cryogenic spectrometers for measuring chemical speciation by X ray spectroscopy. Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment 559 (2): 728-730.

Ali, ZA; Drury, OB; Cunningham, MF; Chesser, JM; Barbee, TW; Friedrich, S. 2005. Fabrication of Mo/Cu multilayer and bilayer transition edge sensors. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 15 (2): 526-529, Part 1.

Drury, OB; Friedrich, S. 2005. Sensitivity and S/N-ratio of superconducting high-resolution X ray spectrometers. IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity 15 (2): 613-617, Part 1.

Friedrich, S; Li, L; Ott, LL; Kolgani, RM; Yong, GJ; Ali, ZA; Drury, OB; Ables, E; Bionta, RM. 2006. Design of a bolometer for total-energy measurement of the linear coherent light source pulsed X ray laser. Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-Accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment 559 (2): 772-774.

Drury OB, Terracol SF, Friedrich S. 2005. Quantifying the benefits of ultrahigh energy resolution for gamma-ray spectrometry. Physica Status Solidi C - Conferences and Critical Reviews, Vol 2, No 5: 1468-1479; edited by Stutzmann M. presented at NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Advanced Materials for Radiation Detectors and Sensors/Symposium on Superconductors held at the 2004 E-MRS Fall Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, Sep 06-10, 2004. Book Series: Physica Status Solidi C-Conferences and Critical Reviews, 2 (5).

Friedrich S, Terracol SF, Miyazaki T, Drury OB, Ali ZA, Cunningham MF, Niedermayr TR, Barbee TW, Batteux JD, Labov SE. 2004. Design of a multi-channel ultra-high resolution superconducting Gamma-ray spectrometer. Hard X ray and Gamma-ray Detector Physics VI: 156-164; edited by Burger A, James RB, Franks LA. presented at Conference on Hard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detector Physics VI in Denver, CO, Aug 02-03, 2004. Book Series: Proceeding of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), 5540.

Cunningham MF, Ullom JN, Miyazaki T, Drury O, Loshak A, van den Berg ML, Labov SE. 2002. DC and AC biasing of a transition edge sensor microcalorimeter. Low Temperature Detectors: 317-320; edited by Porter FS, McCammon D, Galeazzi M, Stahle CK. presented at 9th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors in Madison, Wisconsin, JUL 22-27, 2001. Book Series: AIP Conference Proceedings, 605 Conference Host: UNIV Wisconsin.