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Development Of A Multistep Detector For X-Ray Astronomy
Author(s): B. D. Ramsey; M. C. Weisskopf; R . F. Elsner
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Paper Abstract

The addition of a preamplification region is shown to dramatically improve the performance of a standard multiwire proportional counter (MWPC). This improvement is a direct consequence of effecting a large degree of preamplification in a perfectly uniform electric field and then transferring a well defined portion of this charge to a MWPC running at a modest gain. In this way, very large overall gas gains can be achieved without compromising energy resolution. The resulting device is known as a multistep detector.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 1986
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0597, X-Ray Instrumentation in Astronomy, (14 July 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.966578
Show Author Affiliations
B. D. Ramsey, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
M. C. Weisskopf, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
R . F. Elsner, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0597:
X-Ray Instrumentation in Astronomy
J. Leonard Culhane, Editor(s)

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