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Properties of 100-mm x 100-mm triple stacks of microchannel plates used in a sealed detector for x-ray crystallography
Author(s): Mark Bennett Williams; Stanley E. Sobottka; John A. Shepherd
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Paper Abstract

We report the assembly of an imaging phototube which, together with a thin NaI(Tl) x-ray scintillator, forms a photon counting area detector for x-ray crystallography. The tube contains a bialkali photocathode, a triple (Z) stack of 100 mm X 100 mm MCPs, and a 133 mm X 133 mm two dimensional delay line readout. Some aspects of the processing setup that are unique to the very large tube are described. Design considerations with respect to detective efficiency are discussed. Measured gain characteristics of 100 mm X 100 mm Z stacks are presented, showing fairly narrow pulse height distributions which are improved with UV scrubbing. The MCPs, manufactured from low resistivity glass, are subject to thermal instability, and an account is given of thermal runaway which occurred for a stack of MCPs composed of plates with an average room temperature resistivity of approximately 400 M(Omega) -cm2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2009, X-Ray Detector Physics and Applications II, (16 December 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.164735
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Mark Bennett Williams, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Stanley E. Sobottka, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
John A. Shepherd, Univ. of Virginia (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2009:
X-Ray Detector Physics and Applications II
Victor J. Orphan, Editor(s)

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