Novel electrode geometry to improve performance of CdZnTe detectors

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

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Abstract

A novel electrode geometry to improve the sensitivity to single-polarity charge carriers in ionization detectors is presented. The electrode geometry is based on the same principle as Frisch grids in gas detectors. It reduces the sensitivity to one type of charge carrier, making the detector almost unipolar sensing. The effectiveness of the geometry was demonstrated with a CdZnTe crystal. Above X-ray energies of 40 keV, large improvements were achieved ill the spectral sensitivity, and the spectral resolution could be increased further by applying a correction for charge trapping. The peak of Cs-137 at 661 keV was not visible with a planar electrode, while its FWHM was 16.7% with the novel electrode geometry. The FWHM was 6.1% after correction for hole trapping.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section A-accelerators Spectrometers Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume403
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)390-398
ISSN0168-9002
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

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

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