High temperature AlInP X-ray spectrometers

Zhao, S, Butera, S, Lioliou, G, Krysa, A B and Barnett, A M (2019) High temperature AlInP X-ray spectrometers. Scientific Reports. a12155. ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

Two custom-made Al0.52In0.48P p+-i-n+ mesa photodiodes with different diameters (217 µm ± 15 µm and 409 µm ± 28 µm) and i layer thicknesses of 6 µm have been electrically characterised over the temperature range 0 °C to 100 °C. Each photodiode was then investigated as a high-temperature-tolerant photon counting X-ray detector by connecting it to a custom-made low-noise charge-sensitive preamplifier and illuminating it with an 55Fe radioisotope X-ray source (Mn Kα = 5.9 keV; Mn Kβ = 6.49 keV). At 100 °C, the best energy resolutions (full width at half maximum at 5.9 keV) achieved using the 217 µm ± 15 µm diameter photodiode and the 409 µm ±28 µm diameter photodiode were 1.31 keV ± 0.04 keV and 1.64 keV ±0.08 keV, respectively. Noise analysis of the system is presented. The dielectric dissipation factor of Al0.52In0.48P was estimated as a function of temperature, up to 100 °C. The results show the performance of the thickest Al0.52In0.48P X-ray detectors so far reported at high temperature. The work has relevance for the development of novel space science instrumentation for use in hot space environments and extreme terrestrial applications.

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Additional Information: A.M.B. acknowledges funding received from The Leverhulme Trust, UK, in the form of a 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize. The authors are grateful to R.J. Airey and S. Kumar at the EPSRC National Epitaxy Facility for device fabrication.
Keywords: X-ray spectroscopy; Photodiode; Aluminium indium phosphide; Dielectric dissipation factor; Temperature dependence
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Research Centres and Groups: Space Research Group
Depositing User: Lucy Arnold
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 17:43
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2019 07:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/86052

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Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
Radioisotope MicrobatteriesG1951STFC-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCILST/P001815/1
Novel X-ray/[gamma]-ray DetectorsG2260STFC-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCILST/R001804/1
Photon counting X-ray and gamma-ray spectroscopy with Al0.52In0.48P detectorsG2140EPSRC-ENGINEERING & PHYSICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCILEP/P021271/1