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Approaching cryogenic Ge performance with Peltier-cooled CdTe
Author(s): Abdurakhman Khusainov; Jan S. Iwanczyk; Bradley E. Patt; Alexandre M. Pirogov; Duc T. Vo; Phyllis A. Russo
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Paper Abstract

A new class of hand-held, portable spectrometers based on large area (1cm2) CdTe detectors of thickness up to 3mm has been demonstrated to produce energy resolution of between 0.3 and 0.5% FWHM at 662 keV. The system uses a charge loss correction circuit for improved efficiency, and detector temperature stabilization to ensure consistent operation of the detector during field measurements over a wide range of ambient temperature. The system can operate continuously for up to 8hrs on rechargeable batteries. The signal output from the charge loss corrector is compatible with most analog and digital spectroscopy amplifiers and multi channel analyzers. Using a detector measuring 11.2 by 9.1 by 2.13 mm3, we have recently been able to obtain the first wide-range plutonium gamma-ray isotopic analysis with other than a cryogenically cooled germanium spectrometer. The CdTe spectrometer is capable of measuring small plutonium reference samples in about one hour, covering the range from low to high burnup. The isotopic analysis software used to obtain these results was FRAM Version 4 from LANL. The new spectrometer is expected to be useful for low-grade assay, as well as for some in-situ plutonium gamma-ray isotopics in lieu of cryogenically cooled Ge.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4507, Hard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detector Physics III, (18 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.450772
Show Author Affiliations
Abdurakhman Khusainov, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (United States)
Jan S. Iwanczyk, Photon Imaging, Inc. (United States)
Bradley E. Patt, Radiant Detector Technologies, LLC (United States)
Alexandre M. Pirogov, Radiant Detector Technologies, LLC (United States)
Duc T. Vo, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Phyllis A. Russo, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4507:
Hard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detector Physics III
Ralph B. James, Editor(s)

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