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Single Wire-Plate Alpha Particle Counter Characteristics in Air

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1 Author(s)
Harrison, A.W. ; Department of Applied Physics, Brighton College of Technology, Brighton, Sussex, U. K.

Spark and oorona-streamer characteristics have been obtained for a wire-plate alpha particle counter having an electrode gap 1.27mm - 12.7mm and a wire diameter 0.07mm - 0.5mm. Applied voltages Va up to 22kV were employed. The working characteristics for different quenching resistances R are reduced to a single fundamental characteristic independent of R. Conditions are given for attaining a flat counting characteristic plateau in both the sparking mode and coronastreamer mode of operation.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 6 )