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Computer simulation of gamma-ray spectra from semiconductor detectors
Author(s): Jim C. Lund; Fred Olschner; Kanai S. Shah
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Paper Abstract

Traditionally, researchers developing improved gamma ray detectors have used analytical techniques or, rarely, computer simulations to predict the performance of new detectors. However, with the advent of inexpensive personal computers, it is now possible for virtually all detector researchers to perform some form of numerical computation to predict detector performance. Although general purpose code systems for semiconductor detector performance do not yet exist, it is possible to perform many useful calculations using commercially available, general purpose numerical software packages (such as `spreadsheet' programs intended for business use). With a knowledge of the rudimentary mechanics of detector simulation most researchers, including those with no programming skills, can effectively use numerical simulation methods to predict gamma ray detector performance. In this paper we discuss the details of the numerical simulation of gamma ray detectors with the hope of communicating the simplicity and effectiveness of these methods. In particular, we discuss the steps involved in simulating the pulse height spectrum produced by a semiconductor detector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1992
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1734, Gamma-Ray Detectors, (22 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138597
Show Author Affiliations
Jim C. Lund, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)
Fred Olschner, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)
Kanai S. Shah, Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1734:
Gamma-Ray Detectors
Elena Aprile, Editor(s)

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