Development of 3D Silicon radiation detectors for neutrons and high energy charged particles

Mendicino, Roberto (2017) Development of 3D Silicon radiation detectors for neutrons and high energy charged particles. PhD thesis, University of Trento.

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In the past few years, several interesting developments in microstructured solid-state thermal neutron detectors have been pursued. These devices feature high aspect-ratio cavities, filled with neutron converter materials, so as to improve the neutron detection efficiency with respect to coated planar sensors. In the framework of the INFN HYDE (HYbrid Detectors for neutrons) project, we have designed new microstructured sensors aimed at thermal and fast neutron detection. Owing to the different cross section, neutron imaging is complementary to X-ray imaging allowing for a high contrast in soft materials. To this purpose, the possibility to have pixelated neutron detectors compatible with existing read-out chips (e.g., those from the Medipix/Timepix family) is an important goal that was achieved in this thesis. In this thesis the entire workflow will be described in detail, covering the design, simulations, fabrication and characterization of 3D neutron detectors for imaging produced at FBK. As a related topic, new 3D sensors for the "Phase-2" upgrades at High Luminosity LHC have been developed, and some aspects relevant to the device simulation and characterization are also reported in this thesis.

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis (PhD)
Doctoral School:Information and Communication Technology
PhD Cycle:28
Subjects:Area 09 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione > ING-INF/01 ELETTRONICA
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