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Reducing edge effects and improving position resolution in position sensitive NaI(TI) detectors

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3 Author(s)
R. Freifelder ; Dept. of Radiol., Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia, PA, USA ; A. T. Haigh ; J. S. Karp

Large two-dimensional position sensitive NaI(Tl) crystals used in positron emission tomographs and elsewhere normally have gaps or inactive, unusable areas at the edges. Experiments aimed at reducing these edge effects have been performed. Unencapsulated crystals have been used to test the feasibility of optically coupling crystals together to decrease gap size. Other experiments increased the sampling of the scintillation light at the edges in order to obtain better position sensitivity. In addition, the edges were treated to reduce unwanted reflections and increase the position sensitive area. Experiments aimed at improving the position resolution throughout the crystal, as well as at the edges, were performed

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:40 ,  Issue: 2 )