3 years ago

Alpha-event and surface characterisation in segmented true-coaxial HPGe detectors.

Iris Abt, Chris Gooch, Matteo Palermo, Sabine Irlbeck, Oliver Schulz, Xiang Liu, Lucia Garbini

A detailed study of alpha interactions on the passivation layer on the end-plate of a true-coaxial high-purity germanium detector is presented. The observation of alpha events on such a surface indicates an unexpectedly thin so-called "dead layer" of less than 20 {\mu}m thickness. In addition, the influence of the metalisation close to the end-plate on the time evolution of the output pulses is discussed. The results indicate that alpha contamination can result in events which could be mistaken as signals for neutrinoless double beta decay and provide some guidance on how to prevent this.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1611.00165

DOI: arXiv:1611.00165v2

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