Performance of bulk SiC radiation detectors

Cunningham, W. et al. (2002) Performance of bulk SiC radiation detectors. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment, 487(1-2), 33 -39. (doi:10.1016/S0168-9002(02)00941-5)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0168-9002(02)00941-5

Abstract

SiC is a wide-gap material with excellent electrical and physical properties that may make it an important material for some future electronic devices. The most important possible applications of SiC are in hostile environments, such as in car/jet engines, within nuclear reactors, or in outer space. Another area where the material properties, most notably radiation hardness, would be valuable is in the inner tracking detectors of particle physics experiments. Here, we describe the performance of SiC diodes irradiated in the 24 GeV proton beam at CERN. Schottky measurements have been used to probe the irradiated material for changes in I-V characteristics. Other methods, borrowed from III-V research, used to study the irradiated surface include atomic force microscope scans and Raman spectroscopy. These have been used to observe the damage to the materials surface and internal lattice structure. We have also characterised the detection capabilities of bulk semi-insulating SiC for a radiation. By measuring the charge collection efficiency (CCE) for variations in bias voltage, CCE values up to 100% have been measured.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scott, Dr Jamie and Bates, Dr Richard and Smith, Professor Kenway and Mathieson, Dr Keith and Cunningham, Dr Liam
Authors: Cunningham, W., Gouldwell, A., Lamb, G., Scott, J., Mathieson, K., Roy, P., Bates, R., Thornton, P., Smith, K.M., Cusco, R., Glaser, M., and Rahman, M.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment
Publisher:Elsevier BV
ISSN:0168-9002
ISSN (Online):1872-9576

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