Large-area CdTe diode detector for space application

K. Nakazawa, T. Takahashi, S. Watanabe, G. Sato, M. Kouda, Y. Okada, T. Mitani, Y. Kobayashi, Y. Kuroda, M. Onishi, R. Ohno, H. Kitajima

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The current status of Schottky CdTe diode detectors, especially in view of their space application for hard X-ray and gamma-ray astronomy, are reported. For practical use in space science, a large-area CdTe diode with a size of 21.5 × 21.5 mm2 and a thickness of 0.5 mm was developed. A good energy resolution, 2.8 keV (FWHM) at -20°C, and high homogeneity to within 0.2% over the detector were achieved for the spectral performance. This device has successfully passed a series of tests required for its use in space, in view of utilizing Japanese M-V rockets. The tests include the mechanical environment test, vacuum test, long run for weeks and proton-beam radiation. Initial results from a 2 × 2 segmented electrode large-area device with a guard-ring are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)412-418
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct 11

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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