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Developments of a New 1-Dimensional \gamma -Ray Position Sensor Using Scintillators Coupled to a Si Strip Detector

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12 Author(s)
T. Itoh ; Dept. of Phys., Univ. of Tokyo ; M. Kokubun ; T. Takashima ; T. Honda
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In order to operate an "improved" Fourier synthesis imager at higher photon energies than are accessible with solid-state detectors, we developed a new one-dimensional gamma-ray position sensor consisting of inorganic scintillators whose light is read out by a silicon strip detector (SSD). The SSD is read out through stripped p-electrodes (DC-coupled, 32 channels at 400 mum pitch). The n-side of the SSD does not have a metallic surface, and has a relatively good optical transparency. A stack of optically isolated thin CsI(Tl) scintillator plates (10 mmtimes10 mm in area and 0.3 mm thick) is attached, edge-on, to the n-side of the SSD. When a gamma-ray photon hits the stacked scintillator, the generated scintillation light is detected by the SSD, with the signal pulse-height largest in the p-electrode which is just beneath the CsI plate hit by the gamma-ray. The 32-channel outputs from the SSD are acquired simultaneously for each event with a low-noise analog ASIC. The gamma-ray position can be calculated as a weighted mean of pulse heights. Using this system, we have obtained a position resolution significantly finer than 1 mm for gamma-rays with energies greater than ~500 keV up to ~ 1300 keV

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 5 )