The capabilities of a new microstructure, anode point based, for the detection of gas ionizing radiations are presented. For every single detected ionizing radiation it gives a pair of ‘induced’ charges (anodic and cathodic) of the same amount (pulses of the same amplitudes), of opposite sign, with the same collection time and essentially in time coincidence, that are proportional to the primary ionization collected. Each pulse of a pair gives the same energy and timing information, thus one can be used for these information and the other for the position. The complete lack of insulating materials in the active volume of this microstructure avoids problems of charging-up and makes stable and repeatable its behavior. It is possible to observe primary avalanches with a size of more than 2.5 × 107 electrons (4 pC), which give current pulses with a peak of more than 0.26 mA on 100 Ohm and about 30 ns duration, with 5.9 KeV X-rays of 55Fe working in proportional region in 760 Torr of isobutane gas. Single electrons emitted by a heated filament (Ec<1 eV) can also be detected in 760 Torr of isobutane; with an estimated gas gain of 1.2 × 106 and a counting rate up to 800 Kpulses/sec per single microstructure. Some new features and three different types of sensitive-position two-dimensional read-out detectors based on these microstructures, which are in developmental stage, are presented.
KeywordsImaging gaseous detector
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