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Charged particle detectors with active detector surface for partial energy deposition of the charged particles and related methods

United States Patent

February 19, 2013
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A radiation detector is disclosed. The radiation detector comprises an active detector surface configured to generate charge carriers in response to charged particles associated with incident radiation. The active detector surface is further configured with a sufficient thickness for a partial energy deposition of the charged particles to occur and permit the charged particles to pass through the active detector surface. The radiation detector further comprises a plurality of voltage leads coupled to the active detector surface. The plurality of voltage leads is configured to couple to a voltage source to generate a voltage drop across the active detector surface and to separate the charge carriers into a plurality of electrons and holes for detection. The active detector surface may comprise one or more graphene layers. Timing data between active detector surfaces may be used to determine energy of the incident radiation. Other apparatuses and methods are disclosed herein.
Gerts; David W. (Idaho Falls, ID), Bean; Robert S. (Rigby, ID), Metcalf; Richard R. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
12/ 907,834
October 19, 2010
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-051D14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.