Optimizing the design of a silicon photomultiplier-based radiation detector

D. Ginzburg, N. Kopeika, J. Paran, I. Cohen-Zada, M. Ghelman, V. Pushkarsky, E. Marcus, A. Manor, T. Mazor, Y. Kadmon, Y. Cohen, A. Osovizky

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The silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) is a novel photo-sensor technology. This paper presents the design optimization process for implementing this technology in a scintillator-based radiation detector. The device provides the advantages of low current consumption, small dimensions, and high gain. These properties make SiPM of great interest for applications involving portable instrumentation. However, a novel approach to establish a set of parameters and their limits is required to optimize the performance of this new technology in radiation detection applications. The trade-offs and the influences of factors such as the photon detection efficiency (PDE), dynamic range (DR), various scintillation crystal characteristics, and light-reflecting materials are discussed. This study investigates the incorporation of CsI(Tl) scintillation crystals with SiPMs based on measurements and results for different photo-coupling configurations, and the obtained achievements are described. A method for evaluating the photon collection efficiency of scintillator-SiPM-based detectors is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-478
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2011


  • Dynamic range
  • Light collection
  • Photon detection efficiency
  • Scintillation crystal
  • Silicon photomultiplier

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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