We report on the performance testing of a multi-anode photomultiplier (MAPMT), the R8900-200-M16MOD-UBA, newly developed by Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. Although the R8900 series offers the great advantage of a highly sensitive surface (≥80% of physical area), the quantum efficiency (Q.E.) was relatively low (at up to 20%). This paper describes two substantial changes we have made to the R8900-200-M16MOD-UBA: (1) improving the Q.E. to the 40% level by employing an ultra bi-alkali (UBA) photo-cathode and (2) constructing a rugged dynode that can withstand vibration for future use in space. We measured each pixel signal at the single photoelectron level and the signals of scintillation photons by using a 16-pixel plastic scintillator array. Thanks to high Q.E., good energy resolution of 29.9% (FWHM) was obtained for 59.5 keV γ-rays. We also demonstrated tolerance to vibration up to 17 Grms in possible launching vehicles.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment|
|Publication status||Published - 2009 Jun 1|
- Multianode photomultiplier
- Ultra bi-alkali
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics