Custom Scintillation Detectors

Silicon Photomultiplier Readout

Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) offer an alternative to the readout of scintillation crystals with Photomultiplier Tubes (PMTs). SiPMs are especially ideal in applications where a compact package and low voltage operation are crucial. The energy resolution and noise level achievable with SiPM readout varies with the type of scintillator, crystal dimensions, and the surface area covered by the SiPMs.

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Cerium Bromide

CeBr3 scintillation crystals are characterized by their high resolution, fast decay time, and low intrinsic background properties. With a background count as low as <0.001 c/cc/s in the Ac-227 complex, CeBr3 presents a distinct advantage over other high-resolution scintillators which suffer from this intrinsic activity. CeBr3 crystals are available either canned or fully assembled with light readout (PTM or SiPM) and front-end electronics. Sizes ranging from small pixels for arrays to volumes as large as 102x127 mm are now possible.

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Compton Suppressors

Compton Suppression Shields are scintillation detector assemblies that are mounted around a High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detector to detect the gamma rays scattered by the Ge crystal when a Compton event occurs. Many options are available and careful consideration should be taken when selecting the scintillation crystal(s) and the assembly design. Please download our comprehensive application note and contact Berkeley Nucleonics to discuss the optimum Compton Suppression Shield configuration for your HPGe detection system.


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