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  • InVision Technologies Acquires YXLON
Apr 2003
NEWARK, Calif., April 2 -- InVision Technologies Inc. announced today it has completed its acquisition of YXLON International Holding GmbH, an x-ray diffraction and nondestructive testing company in Hamburg, Germany. InVision acquired YXLON for 38.6 million euros in cash (about $41.7 million). It entered into a definitive agreement to acquire YXLON on February 27, and the acquisition closed on March 31.

InVision pay an additional 10 million euros if YXLON's XES 3000 or XES 3500 x-ray diffraction system is certified for explosives detection by the Transportation Security Administration by December 31.

InVision makes explosive detection systems-based advanced computed tomography technology for civil aviation security.

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x-ray diffraction
The bending of x-rays by the regular layers of molecules in a crystal acting like a very small diffraction grating. The diffraction pattern so obtained and recorded on film provides a means for analyzing the crystal structure.  
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