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Two Wireless Imaging Proportional Counters
Author(s): C. Budtz-Jorgensen; M. M. Madsen; P. Jonasson; N. J. Westergaard; A. Bahnsen; H. W. Schnopper; A. Oed
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Paper Abstract

Two types of wireless position sensitive X-ray proportional counters are under development at the Danish Space Research Institute. One detector - the microstrip proportional counter - employs very narrowly spaced conducting strips deposited on an isolating substrate instead of wires. The gas gain is uniform over the entire detector area and the achievable energy resolution is close to or better than the best achievable for single wire proportional counters. The position readout is made using a wedge and strip electrode mounted on the back-side of the insulating glass substrate. The second detector employs a uniform electric field between two parallel electrodes in order to achieve amplification. Parallel electrodes have better energy resolution, better timing resolution and are easier to construct and more durable than multiwire chambers. The parallel gap is formed between an etched Ni mesh and a segmented anode in the form of a wedge and strip electrode. The X-ray photon energy is derived from the mesh electrode, whereas the position information is taken from the anode. Submilimeter position resolutions have been achieved. In both detectors the energy signal has a very fast risetime and background rejection based on pulse shape analysis is, therefore, very efficient. The background rejection efficiencies achieved and the optimum rejection method for spaceborne detectors will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 November 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1159, EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy and Atomic Physics, (27 November 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.962581
Show Author Affiliations
C. Budtz-Jorgensen, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
M. M. Madsen, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
P. Jonasson, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
N. J. Westergaard, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
A. Bahnsen, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
H. W. Schnopper, Danish Space Research Institute (Denmark)
A. Oed, Institut Laue-Langevin (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1159:
EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Instrumentation for Astronomy and Atomic Physics
Charles J. Hailey; Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Editor(s)

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