Optimal optical conditions and positioning scheme for an ultrahigh-resolution silicon drift detector-based gamma camera

Jinhun Joung, Kisung Lee, Debora Henseler, Wilhelm Metzger, Yong Choi, Young Bok Ahn, Yongkwon Kim

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In this study, we optimized the optical conditions and associated positioning scheme for an ultrahigh-spatial-resolution, solid-state gamma detector. The detector module consisted of an array of seven hexagonal silicon drift detectors (SDDs) packed hexagonally and coupled to a single slab of crystal via a light guide glass. Because the optical behavior and requirements of the detector module and noise characteristics of the SDD sensor are different from those of conventional photomultiplier tube (PMT)-based detectors, the following parameters were studied to determine the optimum condition: scintillator selection, the effect of cooling on signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), the depth dependence of the scintillation light distribution, and optimum shaping time. To that end, a modified, Anger-style positioning algorithm with a denoise scheme was also developed to address the estimation bias (pincushion distortion) caused by the excessively confined light distribution and the leakage current induced by the SDD sensor. The results of this study proved that the positioning algorithm, together with the optimized optical configuration of the detector module, improves the positioning accuracy of the prototype detector. Our results confirmed the ability of the prototype to achieve a spatial resolution of about 0.7 mm in full width at half maximum (FWHM) for 122 keV gamma rays under the equivalent noise count (ENC) of 100 (e-rms) per SDD channel. The results also confirmed NaI(T1) to be a more desirable scintillator for our prototype with an energy resolution performance of about 8%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1347-1352
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nuclear Science and Technology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Gamma camera
  • High resolution
  • Positioning scheme
  • Silicon drift detector
  • Solid-state detector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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