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Semiconductor Radiation Detectors

1st Edition

By Alan Owens

CRC Press

496 pages | 280 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138070745
pub: 2019-05-21
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Bringing together material scattered across many disciplines, Semiconductor Radiation Detectors providesreaders with aconsolidated source of information on the properties of a wide range of semiconductors; their growth, characterization and the fabrication of radiation sensors with emphasis on the X- and gamma-ray regimes. It explores the promise and limitations of both the traditional and new generation of semiconductors and discusses where the future in semiconductor development and radiation detection may lie.

The purpose of this book is two-fold; firstly to serve as a text book for those new to the field of semiconductors and radiation detection and measurement, and secondly as a reference book for established researchers working in related disciplines within physics and engineering.


  • The only comprehensive book covering this topic
  • Fully up-to-date with new developments in the field
  • Provides a wide-ranging source of further reference material

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Radiation and its detection - An historical perspective

Chapter 2. Semiconductors

Chapter 3. Crystal Structure

Chapter 4. Growth Techniques

Chapter 5. Contacting Systems

Chapter 6. Detector Fabrication

Chapter 7. Detector Characterization

Chapter 8. Radiation Detection and Measuerement

Chapter 9. Current Materials used for General Radiation Detection

Chapter 10. Current Materials used for Neutron Detection

Chapter 11. Performance Limiting Factors

Chapter 12. Improving Performance

Chapter 13. Future Directions in Radiation Detection

About the Author

Dr. Alan Owens holds an undergraduate honours degree in physics and physical electronics and earned his doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Durham, United Kingdom. He spent over 30 years engaged 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's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. Dr. Owens has previously authored Compound Semiconductor Radiation Detector (CRC Press, 2012).

He also holds an honorary senior lectureship in space science at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Dr. Owens is currently 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 maturity level. 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.

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SCIENCE / Physics