Instrumentation Division Seminar
"Synthetic Diamond Radiation Detectors"
Presented by Merlin Fisher-Levine
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 2:30 pm
Large Conference Room, Bldg. 535
Diamond is a material of many superlatives: it is both the hardest and most thermally conductive known material, as well as being the most intrinsically radiation hard. Diamond also exhibits some of the most extreme semiconductor properties found in any material, and the combination of many of these properties makes it uniquely well suited for radiation detection applications. The success of diamond has, however, been hindered by the difficulty of synthesising large, good quality crystals. In this talk I will present an introduction to the use of diamond for radiation detection, followed by work performed on the characterisation of the quality of modern CVD grown diamond, and on the development of a fast, low noise, charge sensitive amplifier designed and built to exploit diamond's properties for high rate spectroscopic applications.