Istituto dei materiali per l'elettronica ed il magnetismo     
Auricchio N., Marchini L., Caroli E., Stephen J. B., Zanichelli M., Zappettini A., Abbene L., Del Sordo S. Charge Transport Properties in CZT Detectors Grown by the Vertical Bridgman Technique. In: Conference Record 2010 IEEE NSS/MIC/RTSD, vol. Catalog CPF10NSS-CDR article n. R17-3. IEEE, 2010.
Great efforts are being presently devoted to the development of CdTe and CdZnTe detectors for a large variety of applications, such as medical, industrial, and space research. We present the spectroscopic properties of some CZT crystals grown by the standard vertical Bridgman method and by the boron oxide encapsulated vertical Bridgman method, which has been recently implemented at IMEM-CNR (Parma, Italy). By this technique the crystal is grown in an open quartz crucible fully encapsulated by a thin layer of liquid boron oxide. This method prevents contact between the crystal and the crucible thereby allowing larger single grains with a lower dislocation density to be obtained. Several mono-electrode detectors were realized each with two planar gold contacts. The samples are characterized by an active area of about 7 mm x 7 mm and thicknesses ranging from 1 to 2 mm. The charge transport properties of the detectors have been studied by mobility-lifetime (μt) product measurements, carried out at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble) in the PTF configuration, where the impinging beam direction is orthogonal to the collecting electric field. We have performed several fine scans between the electrodes with a beam spot of 10 μm x10 μm at various energies from 60 keV to 400 keV. In this work we present the test results in terms of μt product of both charge carriers.
Subject CdZnTe
X-ray detectors

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