1st Edition

Compound Semiconductor Radiation Detectors

ISBN 9781138199583
Published October 26, 2016 by CRC Press
567 Pages 18 Color & 165 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Although elemental semiconductors such as silicon and germanium are standard for energy dispersive spectroscopy in the laboratory, their use for an increasing range of applications is becoming marginalized by their physical limitations, namely the need for ancillary cooling, their modest stopping powers, and radiation intolerance. Compound semiconductors, on the other hand, encompass such a wide range of physical and electronic properties that they have become viable competitors in a number of applications. Compound Semiconductor Radiation Detectors is a consolidated source of information on all aspects of the use of compound semiconductors for radiation detection and measurement.

Serious Competitors to Germanium and Silicon Radiation Detectors

Wide-gap compound semiconductors offer the ability to operate in a range of hostile thermal and radiation environments while still maintaining sub-keV spectral resolution at X-ray wavelengths. Narrow-gap materials offer the potential of exceeding the spectral resolution of germanium by a factor of three. However, while compound semiconductors are routinely used at infrared and optical wavelengths, their development in other wavebands has been plagued by material and fabrication problems. So far, only a few have evolved sufficiently to produce commercial detection systems.

From Crystal Growth to Spectroscopic Performance

Bringing together information scattered across many disciplines, this book summarizes the current status of research in compound semiconductor radiation detectors. It examines the properties, growth, and characterization of compound semiconductors as well as the fabrication of radiation sensors, with particular emphasis on the X- and gamma-ray regimes. It explores the limitations of compound semiconductors and discusses current efforts to improve spectral performances, pointing to where future discoveries may lie.

A timely resource for the established researcher, this book serves as a comprehensive and illustrated reference on material science, crystal growth, metrology, detector physics, and spectroscopy. It can also be used as a textbook for those new to the field of compound semiconductors and their application to radiation detection and measurement.

Table of Contents

Metals, Semiconductors, and Insulators
Energy Band Formation
General Properties of the Bandgap
Carrier Mobility
Effective Mass
Carrier Velocity
Conduction in Semiconductors

Growth Techniques
Crystal Lattices
Underlying Crystal Structure of Compound Semiconductors
Crystal Formation
Crystal Defects
Crystal Growth
Bulk Growth Techniques
Growth Techniques: VPE, LPE, MBE, and MOCVD

Detector Fabrication
Mechanical Processing Overview
Detector Characterization

Contacting Systems
Metal Semiconductor Interfaces
Schottky Barriers
Current Transport across a Schottky Barrier
Ohmic Contacts
Contactless (Proximity Effect) Readout

Radiation Detection and Measurement
Interaction of Radiation with Matter
Charged Particles
Neutron Detection
X- and Gamma Rays
Attenuation and Absorption of Electromagnetic Radiation
Radiation Detection Using Compound Semiconductors

Present Detection Systems

Compound Semiconductors and Radiation Detection
Group IV and IV-IV Materials
Group III-V Materials
Group II-VI Materials
Group III-VI Materials
Group n-VII Materials
Ternary Compounds
Other Inorganic Compounds
Organic Compounds
Neutron Detection

Improving Performance
Single Carrier Collection and Correction Techniques
Electrode Design and the Near-Field Effect
Discussion and Conclusions
The Future

Appendices A-F

All chapters include references.

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Dr. Alan Owens has an undergraduate degree in Physics and Physical Electronics and a Doctorate from the University of Durham, United Kingdom, in Astrophysics. He spent 30 years in the design and construction of novel detection systems for X- and gamma-ray astronomy and is currently a staff physicist at the European Space Agency, involved in the development and exploitation of new technologies for space applications. Much of this work revolves around compound semiconductors for radiation detection and measurement, which by its very nature involves materials and systems at a low level of maturity. Consequently, he has been involved in all aspects of a systematic and long-term program on material assessment, production, processing, detector fabrication, and characterization for a large number of compound semiconductors.


"The book provides an invaluable source of knowledge to graduate students and researchers of detector technology, radiation physics and measurements. Moreover, advance and senior researchers can also benefit from it."
—M. Jamil, Contemporary Physics, 2013

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