We present some results obtained with silicon and gallium arsenide pixel detectors to be applied in the field of digital mammography. Even though GaAs is suitable for medical imaging applications thanks to its atomic number, which allows a very good detection efficiency, it often contains an high concentrations of traps which decrease the charge collection efficiency (CCE). So we have analysed both electrical and spectroscopic performance of different SI GaAs diodes as a function of concentrations of dopants in the substrate, in order to find a material by which we can obtain a CCE allowing the detection of all the photons that interact in the detector. Nevertheless to be able to detect low contrast details, efficiency and CCE are not the only parameters to be optimized; also the stability of the detection system is fundamental. In the past we have worked with Si pixel detectors; even if its atomic number does not allow a good detection efficiency at standard thickness, it has a very high stability. So keeping in mind the need to increase the Silicon detection efficiency we performed simulations to study the behaviour of the electrical potential in order to find a geometry to avoid the risk of electrical breakdown. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
|Autori:||Novelli M; Amendolia SR; Bisogni M; Boscardin M; Dalla Betta GF; Delogu P; Fantacci ME; Quattrocchi M; Rosso V; Stefanini A; Venturelli L; Zucca S|
|Titolo:||Semiconductor pixel detectors for digital mammography|
|Anno del prodotto:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/S0168-9002(03)01639-5|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|