Experimental investigation of silicon photomultipliers as compact light readout systems for gamma-ray spectroscopy applications in fusion plasmas

M. Nocente, A. Fazzi, M. Tardocchi, C. Cazzaniga, M. Lorenzoli, C. Pirovano, M. Rebai, C. Uboldi, V. Varoli, G. Gorini

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A matrix of Silicon Photo Multipliers has been developed for light readout from a large area 1 in. × 1 in. LaBr3crystal. The system has been characterized in the laboratory and its performance compared to that of a conventional photo multiplier tube. A pulse duration of 100 ns was achieved, which opens up to spectroscopy applications at high counting rates. The energy resolution measured using radioactive sources extrapolates to 3%-4% in the energy range Eγ= 3-5 MeV, enabling gamma-ray spectroscopy measurements at good energy resolution. The results reported here are of relevance in view of the development of compact gamma-ray detectors with spectroscopy capabilities, such as an enhanced gamma-ray camera for high power fusion plasmas, where the use of photomultiplier is impeded by space limitation and sensitivity to magnetic fields. © 2014 Euratom.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11E108
Pages (from-to)-
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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  • Instrumentation

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