Imaging and spectral performance of a 60μm pitch CdTe Double-Sided Strip Detector

Kento Furukawa, Shunsaku Nagasawa, Lindsay Glesener, Miho Katsuragawa, Shin'ichiro Takeda, Shin Watanabe, Tadayuki Takahashi

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We have evaluated the performance of a fine pitch CdTe Double-sided Strip Detector (CdTe-DSD), which was originally developed for the focal plane detector of a hard X-ray telescope to observe the Sun. The detector has a thickness of 750 μm and has 128 strip electrodes with a 60 μm strip pitch orthogonally placed on both sides of the detector and covers an energy range 4 keV to 80 keV. The study of the depth of photon interaction and charge sharing effects are of importance in order to provide good spectroscopic and imaging performance. We study the tail structure observed in the spectra caused by charge trapping and develop a new method to reconstruct the spectra based on induced charge information from both anode and cathode strips. By applying this method, energy resolutions (FWHM) of 0.76 keV and 1.0 keV can be obtained at photon energies of 14 keV and 60 keV, respectively, if the energy difference between the anode and cathode is within 1 keV. Furthermore, the tail component at 60 keV is reduced, and the energy resolution of the 60 keV peak is improved from 2.4 keV to 1.5 keV (FWHM) if the energy difference is greater than 1 keV. In order to study the imaging performance, we constructed a simple imaging system using a 5 mm thick tungsten plate that has a pinhole with a diameter of 100 μm. We utilize a 133Ba radioisotope of 1 mm in diameter as a target source in combination with a 100 μm slit made from 0.5 mm thickness tungsten. We imaged the 133Ba source behind the 100 μm slit using a 30 keV peak, with a 100 μm pinhole placed at the center of the source-detector distance. By applying a charge sharing correction between strips, we have succeeded in obtaining a position resolution better than the strip pitch of 60 μm.

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The authors would like to thank Pietro Caradonna for his critical reading of the paper. This work was supported by JSPS, Japan KAKENHI Grant Number 24244021 , 16H03966 , 16H02170 , 18H05463 and 20H00153 . This work was also supported by FoPM, WINGS Program, the University of Tokyo, Japan .


  • CdTe
  • Double-Sided Strip Detector
  • X-ray

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