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Passive, 100-ps, x-ray-driven pulser for gating microchannel-plate detectors
Author(s): Alan R. Fry; Paul T. Springer
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Paper Abstract

A means for electrically gating a microchannel-plate (MCP) detector using a fast rise-time, x-ray-driven Auston switch is presented. The Ga:As Auston switches which are used in the pulser were tested to stand off 7 kV DC bias, and can therefore be used without ramped biasing electronics. Calculations for the x-ray sensitivity of the Auston switches in the pulser are presented. The pulsers were tested with visible light and x rays and were shown to exhibit 90 ps rise-time between zero and 1 kV when triggered by a 1.2 mJ/cm2 flux of subkilovolt x rays as measured by silicon p-i-n diodes. The pulser was designed to trigger MCP detectors which were used to spectrally characterize an x-ray heated target. A major attribute of this pulser is that it can be preset to gate a detector with less than a few picoseconds timing jitter with no foreknowledge of the time of arrival of the triggering x-ray flux.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 January 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2343, Optically Activated Switching IV, (4 January 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.198658
Show Author Affiliations
Alan R. Fry, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Paul T. Springer, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2343:
Optically Activated Switching IV
William R. Donaldson, Editor(s)

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