Separate measurement of electron and hole mean drift distance in CVD diamond

Marco Marinelli, E. Milani, M.E. Morgada, G. Pucella, G. Rodriguez, A. Tucciarone, G. Verona-Rinati, M. Angelone, M. Pillon

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A method to measure independently the electron and hole mean drift distance (CCD) in CVD diamond is presented. Very high quality CVD diamond films were grown, and used as particle detectors. Their efficiency is measured as a function of the particle penetration depth under 5.5 MeV241Am α-particles irradiation. The data are then fitted with a theoretical formula for the carrier mean drift distances derived from a properly modified Hecht model. Simultaneous fit of spectra collected for both positive and negative detector bias gives a separate evaluation of the mean drift distances of each carrier type. The α-particle penetration depth is controlled either using air as an absorbing layer or varying the particle incidence angle in the 0-80° range. The latter setup is demonstrated to provide higher accuracy. The results show that in our sample the electron and hole CCD are comparable in the as grown state. However, in the pumped state (i.e. after the detector is pre-irradiated with β-particles) the hole contribution is much greater than the electron one, showing that the pumping process is much more effective on hole traps than on electron traps. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929 - 933
Number of pages5
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
Issue number4-8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Marinelli, M., Milani, E., Morgada, M. E., Pucella, G., Rodriguez, G., Tucciarone, A., ... Pillon, M. (2004). Separate measurement of electron and hole mean drift distance in CVD diamond. Diamond and Related Materials, 13(4-8), 929 - 933.