Spectroscopic performance of thick HgI 2 detectors

L. J. Meng, Z. He, B. Alexander, J. Sandoval

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This paper presents the spectroscopic performance of two newly developed pixelated HgI 2 detectors. These detectors are 1 × 1 × 0.814 cm 3 and 1 × 1 × 1.016 cm 3 in size. Each detector has four closely packed 1×1 mm 2 anode pixels at the center of one of the 1 × 1 cm 3 surfaces. These anode pixels are surrounded by a large anode. All results presented here are based on events from a sub-volume underneath the anode pixels. In these detectors, signals were read out by a discrete electronics based on multiple A-250 pre-amplifiers and a digital oscilloscope for sampling pulse waveforms. Depth sensing technique was used to correct the depth-dependent variation in photopeak amplitude. Main results presented are: (1) energy resolutions of 0.85 ∼ 1.3% have been achieved on these detectors; (2) the electron mobility-lifetime product was measured to be ∼1 × 10 -2 cm 2/V and the measured electron lifetime was ∼200 μs and (3) variation in electron drifting properties under different anode pixels were observed. Significant non-uniformity in internal electric field strength was also experimentally demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1645090
Pages (from-to)1706-1712
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • HgI
  • Spectroscopic Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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