Accession Number:

ADA523855

Title:

Development and Applications of Position-Sensitive Solid-State Gamma Ray Detectors

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

2002-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

The development of high -resolution position- sensitive, solid-state detectors will enable gamma ray detectors with improved sensitivity and imaging capabilities. The gamma ray astrophysics group at NRL has been developing germanium strip detectors for several years. We have shown that three-dimensional locations for gamma ray interactions can be determined with sub-millimeter accuracy, and have also demonstrated imaging capability within a single germanium strip detector. We have also initiated work on thick, silicon strip detectors. This was based on the fact that three sequential interactions can enable the energy and direction cone of the incident gamma ray to be determined, even without total energy deposition of the incident gamma ray. We are also working on low-power ASICs that are required to handle the large number of channels associated with arrays of strip detectors. Progress on this work will be presented, along with applications to high -energy astrophysics, medical imaging, nuclear physics, detection of fissile materials, and monitoring of environmental radioactivity.

Subject Categories:

  • Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particle Physics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE