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Performance analysis of phoswich/APD detectors and low noise CMOS preamplifiers for high resolution PET systems

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6 Author(s)
Lecomte, R. ; Sherbrooke Univ., Que., Canada ; Pepin, C.M. ; Lepage, M.D. ; Pratte, J.-F.
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An integrated, 0.8-μ CMOS charge-sensitive preamplifier previously designed for LSO/APD based PET systems has been further investigated for use with multi-crystal/APD PET detectors. In addition to low-noise, wide-band performance and power efficiency, high dynamic range and good signal-to-noise ratio over a broad range of shaping times are required to process the signals from crystals being used in phoswich detectors, which have a wide range of scintillation decay time and light output characteristics. The preamplifier equivalent noise charge (Neq) was measured as a function of input capacitance and amplifier shaping time constant. The performance of the preamplifier was also assessed using APDs coupled to a variety of scintillators. Measurements were obtained at a preamplifier input-device current of 2 and 4 mA. The higher bias lead to marginal improvements of the timing performance but had no effect on energy resolution

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2000 IEEE  (Volume:2 )

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2000