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Temporal instabilities associated with a planar high purity germanium detector

Pugh, N. D. ORCID:, Owen, G. M. and Evans, W. D. ORCID: 1990. Temporal instabilities associated with a planar high purity germanium detector. Physics in Medicine and Biology 35 (5) , pp. 625-632. 10.1088/0031-9155/35/5/003

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Experiments have been performed which show that a grooved planar high purity germanium semiconductor detector may give rise to time variant counting rates in energy regions below prominent spectral peaks. It is postulated that this effect is due to prolonged or incomplete charge collection in the vicinity of the bottom of the groove, and is caused by distortions in the applied electric field in this region. Such effects may lead to changes in the minimum detectable count rate in X-ray fluorescence measurements; these can be reduced by collimating incident photons on the central region of the detector but the resulting reduction in efficiency lowers the overall sensitivity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: IOP Publishing: Hybrid Open Access
ISSN: 0031-9155
Date of Acceptance: 5 February 1990
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 10:13

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