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Compton imaging with a highly-segmented, position-sensitive HPGe detector


A Compton camera based on a highly-segmented high-purity germanium (HPGe) detector and a double-sided silicon-strip detector (DSSD) was developed, tested, and put into operation; the origin of \(\gamma\) radiation was determined successfully. The Compton camera is operated in two different modes. Coincidences from Compton-scattered \(\gamma\)-ray events between DSSD and HPGe detector allow for best angular resolution; while the high-efficiency mode takes advantage of the position sensitivity of the highly-segmented HPGe detector. In this mode the setup is sensitive to the whole \( 4\pi\) solid angle. The interaction-point positions in the 36-fold segmented large-volume HPGe detector are determined by pulse-shape analysis (PSA) of all HPGe detector signals. Imaging algorithms were developed for each mode and successfully implemented. The angular resolution sensitively depends on parameters such as geometry, selected multiplicity and interaction-point distances. Best results were obtained taking into account the crosstalk properties, the time alignment of the signals and the distance metric for the PSA for both operation modes. An angular resolution between \( 13.8^{\circ}\) and \( 19.1^{\circ}\), depending on the minimal interaction-point distance for the high-efficiency mode at an energy of 1275 keV, was achieved. In the coincidence mode, an increased angular resolution of \( 4.6^{\circ}\) was determined for the same \(\gamma\)-ray energy.

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Steinbach, T., Hirsch, R., Reiter, P. et al. Compton imaging with a highly-segmented, position-sensitive HPGe detector. Eur. Phys. J. A 53, 23 (2017).

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