Use of tungsten anodes in microgap gas chambers

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

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In a continuation of our earlier tests, tungsten has been used for anode strips in the fabrication of microgap gas chambers (MGCs) in an attempt to find a metallization suitable for gas avalanche microdetectors (MSGCs or MGCs) that will be both highly robust against sparking and yet have sufficiently low resistivity to permit use of detectors of relatively larger sizes. MGCs having about 5500 and 7500 angstroms thick tungsten anodes were fabricated using a sputtering technique, and the sheet resistance for these layers was measured as 0.42 and 0.27 Ω/□, respectively. The detectors were subjected to sparks having a range of energies, and the damage to the anode strips was assessed using optical and scanning electron microscope (SEM) photographs, and by measuring leakage current before and after sparking. In this paper, the spark damage test results of tungsten anodes in MGCs are reported, and an interpretation is made regarding the viability of use of this metal for larger sizes of detectors.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium - Albuquerque, NM, USA
Duration: 9 Nov 199715 Nov 1997


ConferenceProceedings of the 1997 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium
CityAlbuquerque, NM, USA


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