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Characterization of a New ASIC Readout for Pixel CZT Detectors for Hard X-Ray Astronomy

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8 Author(s)
Ventura, G. ; Inst. of Space Astrophys. & Cosmic Phys., Italian Nat. Inst. of Astrophys., Bologna ; Caroli, E. ; Auricchio, N. ; Bertuccio, G.
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The results of the laboratory measurements performed on an X-Ray detection system based on a 16times16 pixel CZT array from eV products and a custom readout ASIC are presented. In particular, the performance of a new low power and low noise 8-channel ASIC were investigated in order to characterize the operative features of the front-end active device coupled with a low dark current 1 mm thick CZT detector with an anode segmented in pixel of 0.5 mm in side. The tests carried out were limited to the energy range 10-100 keV, since the ASIC chip gain was adjusted to operate with CZT pixel detector suitable as multilayer telescope focal planes. Channel-to-channel ASIC non-uniformities were investigated as well as the spectroscopic performance of the detection equipment.

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2006. IEEE  (Volume:6 )

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Oct. 29 2006-Nov. 1 2006