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AstroPix: investigating the potential of silicon pixel sensors in the future of gamma-ray astrophysics

Brewer, I.; Caputo, R.; Negro, M.; Leys, Richard; Kierans, C.; Peric, Ivan; Metcalfe, J.; Perkins, J.

This paper details preliminary photon measurements with the monolithic silicon detector ATLASPix, a pixel detector built and optimized for the CERN experiment ATLAS. The goal of this paper is to determine the promise of pixelated silicon in future space-based gamma-ray experiments. With this goal in mind, radioactive photon sources were used to determine the energy resolution and detector response of ATLASPix; these are novel measurements for ATLASPix, a detector built for a ground-based particle accelerator. As part of this project a new iteration of monolithic Si pixels, named AstroPix, have been created based on ATLASPix, and the eventual goal is to further optimize AstroPix for gamma-ray detection by constructing a prototype Compton telescope.The energy resolution of both the digital and analog output of ATLASPix is the focus of this paper, as it is a critical metric for Compton telescopes. It was found that with the analog output of the detector, the energyresolution of a single pixel was 7.69 +/- 0.13% at 5.89 keV and 7.27 +/- 1.18% at 30.1 keV, which exceeds the conservative baseline requirements of 10% resolution at 60 keV and is an encouraging start to an optimistic goal of<2% resolution at 60 keV. ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Prozessdatenverarbeitung und Elektronik (IPE)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 01.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000129032
Umfang 12 S.
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