Characterization of large volume 3.5″×8″ LaBr 3:Ce detectors

A. Giaz, L. Pellegri, S. Riboldi, F. Camera, N. Blasi, C. Boiano, A. Bracco, S. Brambilla, S. Ceruti, S. Coelli, F. C.L. Crespi, M. Csatlòs, S. Frega, J. Gulyàs, A. Krasznahorkay, S. Lodetti, B. Million, A. Owens, F. Quarati, L. StuhlO. Wieland

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The properties of large volume cylindrical 3.5″×8″ (89 mm×203 mm) LaBr3:Ce scintillation detectors coupled to the Hamamatsu R10233-100SEL photo-multiplier tube were investigated. These crystals are among the largest ones ever produced and still need to be fully characterized to determine how these detectors can be utilized and in which applications. We tested the detectors using monochromatic γ-ray sources and in-beam reactions producing γ rays up to 22.6 MeV; we acquired PMT signal pulses and calculated detector energy resolution and response linearity as a function of γ-ray energy. Two different voltage dividers were coupled to the Hamamatsu R10233-100SEL PMT: the Hamamatsu E1198-26, based on straightforward resistive network design, and the "LABRVD", specifically designed for our large volume LaBr3:Ce scintillation detectors, which also includes active semiconductor devices. Because of the extremely high light yield of LaBr3:Ce crystals we observed that, depending on the choice of PMT, voltage divider and applied voltage, some significant deviation from the ideally proportional response of the detector and some pulse shape deformation appear. In addition, crystal non-homogeneities and PMT gain drifts affect the (measured) energy resolution especially in case of high-energy γ rays. We also measured the time resolution of detectors with different sizes (from 1″×1″ up to 3.5″×8″), correlating the results with both the intrinsic properties of PMTs and GEANT simulations of the scintillation light collection process. The detector absolute full energy efficiency was measured and simulated up to γ-rays of 30 MeV

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910-921
Number of pages12
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Publication statusPublished - okt. 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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Giaz, A., Pellegri, L., Riboldi, S., Camera, F., Blasi, N., Boiano, C., Bracco, A., Brambilla, S., Ceruti, S., Coelli, S., Crespi, F. C. L., Csatlòs, M., Frega, S., Gulyàs, J., Krasznahorkay, A., Lodetti, S., Million, B., Owens, A., Quarati, F., ... Wieland, O. (2013). Characterization of large volume 3.5″×8″ LaBr 3:Ce detectors. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 729, 910-921.