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X-ray polarimetry and position measurements using the photoeffect and diffusion in a CCD
Author(s): Klaus Holger Schmidt; Gerd W. Buschhorn; Rainer Kotthaus; Matthias Rzepka; Peter M. Weinmann
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Paper Abstract

A new method of x-ray polarimetry based on the photoeffect in a finely segmented silicon charge coupled device (CCD) first proposed by G. W. Fraser has been confirmed using monochromatic synchrotron radiation and planar channeling radiation. For the smallest pixel dimensions (6.8 multiplied by 6.8 micrometer squared) available today in commercial optical CCD cameras an analyzing power for linear polarization in the order of 10% has been measured at energies above 10 keV. The strong energy dependence of the analyzing power has been measured in the energy range from 9 - 100 keV and is compared to expectations from detailed MC simulations. In addition to events due to photoeffect in the thin depleted front layer of the CCD also diffusion spread events resulting from much more abundant conversions deeper inside the chip were found to be very useful for simultaneous measurements of polarization, energy and position with sub-pixel accuracy (0.9 micrometer rms at 15 keV). For the first time we have now made use of the CCD polarimeter for the measurement of the linear polarization of parametric x-rays (PXR), i.e. radiation which is coherently generated by charged particles traversing a crystal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2808, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII, (31 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.255997
Show Author Affiliations
Klaus Holger Schmidt, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik (Germany)
Gerd W. Buschhorn, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik (Germany)
Rainer Kotthaus, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik (Germany)
Matthias Rzepka, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik (Germany)
Peter M. Weinmann, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Physik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2808:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
Oswald H. W. Siegmund; Mark A. Gummin, Editor(s)

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