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X-Ray Beam Studies of Charge Sharing in Small Pixel, Spectroscopic, CdZnTe Detectors

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8 Author(s)
Allwork, C. ; University of Surrey, Surrey, U.K. ; Kitou, D. ; Chaudhuri, S. ; Sellin, P.J.
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Recent advances in the growth of CdZnTe material have allowed the development of small pixel, spectroscopic, X-ray imaging detectors. These detectors have applications in a diverse range of fields such as medical, security and industrial sectors. As the size of the pixels decreases relative to the detector thickness, the probability that charge is shared between multiple pixels increases due to the non zero width of the charge clouds drifting through the detector. These charge sharing events will result in a degradation of the spectroscopic performance of detectors and must be considered when analyzing the detector response. In this paper charge sharing and charge loss in a 250 \mu m pitch CdZnTe pixel detector has been investigated using a mono-chromatic X-ray beam at the Diamond Light Source, U.K. Using a 20 \mu m beam diameter the detector response has been mapped for X-ray energies both above (40 keV) and below (26 keV) the material K -shell absorption energies to study charge sharing and the role of fluorescence X-rays in these events.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:59 ,  Issue: 4 )