Development of a CZT spectroscopic 3D imager prototype for hard X ray astronomy

N. Auricchio, E. Caroli, A. Basili, F. Schiavone, J. B. Stephen, L. Milano, G. Benassi, N. Zambelli, A. Zappettini, S. Del Sordo, F. Moscatelli, Carl Budtz-Jørgensen, Irfan Kuvvetli, R. M. Curado da Silva

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The development of focusing optics based on wide band Laue lenses operating from ∼60 keV up to several hundreds of keV is particularly challenging. This type of hard X-ray or gamma ray optics requires a high performance focal plane detector in order to exploit to the best its intrinsic capabilities. We describe a three dimensional (3D) position sensitive detector prototype suitable for use as the basic module for a high efficiency Laue lens focal plane detector. This detector configuration is currently under study for use in a balloon payload dedicated to performing a high significance measurement of the polarization status of the Crab nebula/pulsar between 100 and 500 keV. The prototype is made by packing 8 linear modules, each composed of one basic sensitive unit bonded onto a thin supporting ceramic layer. Each unit is a drift strip detector based on a CZT crystal, irradiated transversally to the electric field direction. The anode is segmented into 8 detection cells, each comprising one collecting strip and 8 surrounding drift strips. The drift strips are biased by a voltage divider. The cathode is divided into 4 horizontal strips for the reconstruction of the Z interaction position. The detector readout electronics is based on three RENA-3 ASICs and the data handling system uses custom electronics based on an FPGA to provide the ASIC setting, the event handling logic and the data acquisition. We will describe the components and the status of the ongoing activities for the assembling of the proposed 3D CZT prototype and the result of the first performance tests on the CZT linear modules.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of NSS/MIC 2013
Number of pages6
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2013 60th IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference and 20th Symposium on Room-Temperature: Beyond Imagination of Future Science - COEX Convention Center Grand Ball Room, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 27 Oct 20132 Nov 2013
Conference number: 60/20


Conference2013 60th IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference and 20th Symposium on Room-Temperature
LocationCOEX Convention Center Grand Ball Room
CountryKorea, Republic of
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  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Anodes
  • Cathodes
  • Detectors
  • Prototypes
  • Strips
  • Temperature measurement
  • Three-dimensional displays

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