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We performed studies in the operation of various hole-type gaseous multiplication structures (GEM, capillary plates, and others) at very high fluxes of X-rays (<60 keV-bremsstrahlung) and pulsed gamma radiation (<50 MeV-bremsstrahlung). In the case of X-rays, the counting rate was 105-106 Hz/mm2; in the case of gammas it reached levels of up to 109 Hz/mm2 during the pulses. In most measurements, the entire area of the detector was exposed to these extremely high fluxes. Results obtained so far indicate that the GEM and the hydrogen-treated capillary plates could be successfully used in medical imaging applications.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2003