gas avalanche pixel detectors with amorphous silicon carbide (a-Si:C:H) overcoating

W. S. Hong, H. S. Cho, S. Biagi, F. Retiereb, J. Kadyk, V. Perez-Mendez, N. Palaio, J. Vujic

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Performance of the gas avalanche pixel detectors of square and circular geometry, with and without semiconducting surface coating, was characterized in terms of gas gain and active region. Although the electric field profile of the square geometry cannot be radially uniform, a 200 (im pitch detector of this type exhibited a maximum gain of ∼12000 which is comparable to that of the circular counterpart. Due to the existence of the anode bus lines passing under the cathodes, there is a defocusing effect of the drift field lines converging to the anodes, resulting in inactive regions where electrons produced from gas ionization are not collected at the anodes. Variation of the count rate with the drift field was measured to probe these defocusing effects. The p-type a-Si:C:H surface coating was effective in reducing these inactive regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-257
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number3 PART 1
StatePublished - 1998


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