Semiconductor Detector Systems

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OUP Oxford, Aug 25, 2005 - Science - 489 pages
Semiconductor sensors patterned at the micron scale combined with custom-designed integrated circuits have revolutionized semiconductor radiation detector systems. Designs covering many square meters with millions of signal channels are now commonplace in high-energy physics and the technology is finding its way into many other fields, ranging from astrophysics to experiments at synchrotron light sources and medical imaging. This book is the first to present a comprehensive discussion of the many facets of highly integrated semiconductor detector systems, covering sensors, signal processing, transistors and circuits, low-noise electronics, and radiation effects. The diversity of design approaches is illustrated in a chapter describing systems in high-energy physics, astronomy, and astrophysics. Finally a chapter "Why things don't work" discusses common pitfalls. Profusely illustrated, this book provides a unique reference in a key area of modern science.
 

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Contents

1 DETECTOR SYSTEMS OVERVIEW
1
2 SIGNAL FORMATION AND ACQUISITION
43
3 ELECTRONIC NOISE
105
4 SIGNAL PROCESSING
134
5 ELEMENTS OF DIGITAL ELECTRONICS AND SIGNALPROCESSING
191
6 TRANSISTORS AND AMPLIFIERS
217
7 RADIATION EFFECTS
277
8 DETECTOR SYSTEMS
315
APPENDIX A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE TECHNOLOGY
418
APPENDIX B PHASORS AND COMPLEX ALGEBRA IN ELECTRICALCIRCUITS
432
APPENDIX C EQUIVALENT CIRCUITS
434
APPENDIX D FEEDBACK AMPLIFIERS
438
APPENDIX E THE DIODE EQUATION
447
APPENDIX F ELECTRICAL EFFECTS OF IMPURITIES AND DEFECTS
459
APPENDIX G BIPOLAR TRANSISTOR EQUATIONS
472
INDEX
478

9 WHY THINGS DONT WORK
386

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Helmuth Spieler
2546 Carmelita Way
Pinole, CA 94564
U.S.A.
PhD 1974 in nuclear physics at Technical University Munich.
1975-1981 Gesellschaft für Schwerionforschung (GSI), Darmstadt.
Since 1981 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Senior Physicist in the Physics Division.
Extensive experience both as a user and designer of advanced detector systems, primarily in high energy physics. Over two decades experience in developing novel semiconductor detector systems for forefront experiments. Is internationally known for his lectures on detectors, signal processing, and electronics. Has served as a technical and project reviewer for major detectors in the U.S., Europe, and Japan, both for high energy physics and astrophysics experiments.