A time-of-flight detector based on silicon avalanche diodes

Joseph A. Hauger, Y. Choi, A. S. Hirsch, R. P. Scharenberg, B. C. Stringfellow, M. L. Tincknell, N. T. Porile, G. Rai, J. Garbarino, R. J. McIntyre

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We have investigated reach-through silicon avalanche diodes (AVDs) as time of flight detectors for nuclear and particle physics experiments. The signal is initiated by a minimum ionizing charged particle passing directly through the AVD. We have studied the effect of pulse amplitude and noise characteristics on timing using β- particles. The time resolution of four AVDs has been measured with a range of standard deviations, σ = 65-87 ps. This time resolution is comparable to the best available with the conventional alternative, a plastic scintillator and photomultiplier tube. Further optimization of the AVD results appears possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-369
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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Hauger, J. A., Choi, Y., Hirsch, A. S., Scharenberg, R. P., Stringfellow, B. C., Tincknell, M. L., ... McIntyre, R. J. (1994). A time-of-flight detector based on silicon avalanche diodes. Nuclear Inst. and Methods in Physics Research, A, 337(2-3), 362-369. https://doi.org/10.1016/0168-9002(94)91104-5