Design of 4π High-Efficiency Directional Radiation Detector Based on Compton Scattering

Max Ghelman, Natan Kopeika, Stanley Rotman, Tal Edvabsky, Eran Vax, Alon Osovizky

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Obtaining directional information is required in many applications such as nuclear homeland security, contamination mapping after a nuclear incident and radiological events, or during the decontamination work. However, many directional radiation detectors are based on directional shielding, made of lead or tungsten collimators, introducing two main drawbacks. The first is the size and weight, making those detectors too heavy and irrelevant for utilization in handheld devices, drone mapping, or space applications. The second drawback is the limited field of view (FOV), which requires multiple detectors to cover the whole required FOV or machinery to rotate the detector's narrow FOV detector. We propose a novel 4pi directional detector based on a segmented hollow cubic detector, which uses the Compton effect interactions with no heavy collimators. The symmetrical cubical design provides both higher efficiency and 4pi detection ability. Instead of the traditional two types of detectors (scatterer and absorber) structure, we use the same type of detector, based on Gd3Al2Ga3O12 (GAGG) (Ce) scintillator coupled to silicon photomultiplier. An additional advantage of the proposed detector is obtained by locating the photon sensors inside the detector, behind the scintillators, which improves the radiation hardness required for space applications. Furthermore, such an arrangement flattens the temperature variation across the detector, providing better gain stability. The main advantage of the proposed detector is an efficient 4pi radiation detection for high-energy gamma rays without the use of heavy collimators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-839
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • Compton scattering
  • directional detector
  • scintillator
  • silicon photomultiplier (SiPM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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