High Current Silicon Carbide Diodes as Dose Detectors for Hard X-Rays


Article Preview

The small community of physicists concerned with flash x-rays, short pulses of intense hard bremsstrahlung with photon energies exceeding hundreds of keV, is always on the lookout for new detector materials and protocols to diagnose such radiation pulses. Important parameters for the detector include rise time, sensitivity, size and cost. Silicon carbide has many of the right material properties for such a detector. In the exploratory test reported here, a high voltage SiC diode performe quite well, which suggests that success can be expected from a more extensive program that would find out what SiC is capable of in this application.



Edited by:

Robert Stahlbush, Philip Neudeck, Anup Bhalla, Robert P. Devaty, Michael Dudley and Aivars Lelis




N. R. Pereira et al., "High Current Silicon Carbide Diodes as Dose Detectors for Hard X-Rays", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 924, pp. 993-996, 2018

Online since:

June 2018




* - Corresponding Author

[1] R. J. Allen, R. J. Commisso, G. Cooperstein, P. F. Ottinger, and J.W. Schumer, The Mercury Pulsed Power Generator at the Naval Research Laboratory, Proc. 18th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, Chicago, IL, (2011), p.1036.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ppc.2003.1277942