Light-Sharing Interface for dMiCE Detectors using Sub-Surface Laser Engraving

William C J Hunter, Robert S Miyaoka, Lawrence MacDonald, Wendy McDougald, Thomas K Lewellen

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We have previously reported on dMiCE, a method of resolving depth or interaction (DOI) in a pair of discrete crystals by encoding light sharing properties as a function of depth in the interface of this crystal-element pair. A challenge for this method is the cost and repeatability of interface treatment for a crystal pair. In this work, we report our preliminary results on using sub-surface laser engraving (SSLE) as a means of forming this depth-dependent interface in a dMiCE detector. A surplus first-generation SSLE system was used to create a partially reflective layer 100-microns thick at the boundary between two halves of a 1.4-by-2.9-by-20 mmˆ3 LYSO crystal. The boundary of these paired crystal elements was positioned between two 3-mm wide Geiger-Müller avalanche photodiodes from Hamamatsu. The responses of these two photodetectors were acquired for an ensemble of 511-keV photons collimated to interact at a fixed depth in just one crystal element. Interaction position was then varied to measure detector response as a function of depth, which was then used to maximum-likelihood positions events. Despite use of sub-optimal SSLE processing we found an average DOI resolution of 3.4 mm for front-sided readout and 3.9 mm for back-sided readout. We expect DOI resolution can be improved significantly by optimizing the SSLE process and pattern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium conference record. Nuclear Science Symposium
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


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