γ -ray tracking is based on a new generation of position sensitive high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors. A novel type of cluster detector was successfully developed and assembled for the high-resolution γ -ray spectrometer Advanced Gamma Tracking Array AGATA. The core part of the detector consists of three encapsulated, 36-fold segmented HPGe detectors which are operated in a common cryostat. The Ge crystal is hermetically sealed inside an aluminium can. All energy channels provide best energy resolution of core and segment signals for an extended energy range well above 50 MeV. A low cross-talk level was determined for the HPGe detectors and its preamplifier circuitry. Related cross-talk corrections are essential for highest energy resolution and improved position dependent pulse shape information. Recently a new encapsulation technology was put into operation which is based on a renewable metal elastic seal. HPGe detector developments are concerned with technologies for the production of p+ and n+ contacts, the segmentation and passivation of encapsulated HPGe crystals. Semiconductor processing research specifically aimed to develop a stable, thin and easy to segment n+ contact. A novel process, based on pulsed laser melting PLM, was successfully employed to produce very thin n+ and p+ contacts preserving the Ge purity. The contacts were segmented using a photolithographic process and then the intrinsic surface between contacts was passivated to assure the electrical insulation between them. A small detector prototype with three segments was made using these new techniques and then successfully tested.

Agata detector technology: recent progress and future developments

Bertoldo, S.;Maggioni, G.;De Salvador, D.
2023

Abstract

γ -ray tracking is based on a new generation of position sensitive high-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors. A novel type of cluster detector was successfully developed and assembled for the high-resolution γ -ray spectrometer Advanced Gamma Tracking Array AGATA. The core part of the detector consists of three encapsulated, 36-fold segmented HPGe detectors which are operated in a common cryostat. The Ge crystal is hermetically sealed inside an aluminium can. All energy channels provide best energy resolution of core and segment signals for an extended energy range well above 50 MeV. A low cross-talk level was determined for the HPGe detectors and its preamplifier circuitry. Related cross-talk corrections are essential for highest energy resolution and improved position dependent pulse shape information. Recently a new encapsulation technology was put into operation which is based on a renewable metal elastic seal. HPGe detector developments are concerned with technologies for the production of p+ and n+ contacts, the segmentation and passivation of encapsulated HPGe crystals. Semiconductor processing research specifically aimed to develop a stable, thin and easy to segment n+ contact. A novel process, based on pulsed laser melting PLM, was successfully employed to produce very thin n+ and p+ contacts preserving the Ge purity. The contacts were segmented using a photolithographic process and then the intrinsic surface between contacts was passivated to assure the electrical insulation between them. A small detector prototype with three segments was made using these new techniques and then successfully tested.
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