CdZnTe drift detector with correction for hole trapping

M.A.J. van Pamelen, Carl Budtz-Jørgensen

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    The results are presented of a CdZnTe drift detector for which the energy determination can be corrected for hole trapping. The electronic noise and the hole contribution to the signal are reduced and the signals are also corrected for any residual effects of hole trapping. This is achieved by using drift strips and an anode strip on one side of the detector crystal in combination with a single planar electrode on the other side. Below 100 keV, the resolution tin FWHM) was electronic noise limited. Using a planar electrode, the peak of Am-241 at 59.6 keV has a width of 14.1 keV. The resolution improved to 3.21 keV when using the anode strip. This is comparable to the electronic noise of 3.11 keV. At 661 keV, no peak could be observed in the spectrum of Cs-137 With the planar electrode. However, with the anode strip, a peak with a width of 17.9 keV was observed. The resolution improved further to 6.9 keV after correction for hole trapping. After correction, the peak-to-valley ratio was 40 : 1, with a peak-to-Compton ratio of 4 : 1.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)197-200
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


    • modification and application
    • semiconductor drift detector
    • unipolar sensing
    • CdZnTe
    • detector
    • X-ray detectors


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