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Kai Zang, Xiao Jiang, Yijie Huo, Xun Ding, Matthew Morea, Xiaochi Chen, Ching-Ying Lu, Jian Ma, Ming Zhou, Zhenyang Xia, Zongfu Yu, Theodore I Kamins, Qiang Zhang, James S Harris
Silicon single-photon avalanche detectors are becoming increasingly significant in research and in practical applications due to their high signal-to-noise ratio, complementary metal oxide semiconductor compatibility, room temperature operation, and cost-effectiveness. However, there is a trade-off in current silicon single-photon avalanche detectors, especially in the near infrared regime. Thick-junction devices have decent photon detection efficiency but poor timing jitter, while thin-junction devices have good timing jitter but poor efficiency...
September 20, 2017: Nature Communications
Tetsuro Sekine, Gaspar Delso, Konstantinos G Zeimpekis, Felipe de Galiza Barbosa, Edwin E G W Ter Voert, Martin Huellner, Patrick Veit-Haibach
Purpose To determine the level of clinically acceptable reduction in injected fluorine 18 ((18)F) fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) dose in time-of-flight (TOF)-positron emission tomography(PET)/magnetic resonance (MR) imaging by using silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) detectors compared with TOF-PET/computed tomography (CT) using Lu1.8Y0.2SiO5(Ce), or LYSO, detectors in patients with different body mass indexes (BMIs). Materials and Methods Patients were enrolled in this study as part of a larger prospective study with a different purpose than evaluated in this study (NCT02316431)...
September 14, 2017: Radiology
Greg Stortz, Jonathan D Thiessen, Daryl Bishop, Muhammad S Khan, Piotr Kozlowski, Fabrice Retière, Graham Schellenberg, Ehsan Shams, Xuezhu Zhang, Christopher J Thompson, Andrew Goertzen, Vesna Sossi
We present the characterization of a compact magnetic resonance (MR) compatible positron emission tomography (PET) insert for simultaneous pre-clinical PET/MR imaging. While specifically designed with the strict size constraint to fit inside the 114 mm inner diameter of the BGA-12S gradient coil used in the Bruker 70/20 and 94/20 series of small animal MR imaging (MRI) systems, the insert can be easily installed in any appropriate MRI scanner or used as a stand-alone PET system. Methods: The insert is made from a ring of 16 detector-blocks each made from depth-of-interaction capable dual-layer-offset arrays of cerium-doped lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate crystals read out by silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) arrays...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Mrwan Alayed, M Jamal Deen
Diffuse optical spectroscopy (DOS) and diffuse optical imaging (DOI) are emerging non-invasive imaging modalities that have wide spread potential applications in many fields, particularly for structural and functional imaging in medicine. In this article, we review time-resolved diffuse optical imaging (TR-DOI) systems using solid-state detectors with a special focus on Single-Photon Avalanche Diodes (SPADs) and Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs). These TR-DOI systems can be categorized into two types based on the operation mode of the detector (free-running or time-gated)...
September 14, 2017: Sensors
Sarah E Anderson, Keith M Furutani, Linh T Tran, Lachlan Chartier, Marco Petasecca, Michael Lerch, Dale A Prokopovich, Mark Reinhard, Vladimir L Perevertaylo, Anatoly B Rosenfeld, Michael G Herman, Chris Beltran
PURPOSE: Microdosimetry is a vital tool for assessing the microscopic patterns of energy deposition by radiation, which ultimately govern biological effect. Solid-state, silicon-on-insulator microdosimeters offer an approach for making microdosimetric measurements with high spatial resolution (on the order of tens of micrometers). These high-resolution, solid-state microdosimeters may therefore play a useful role in characterizing proton radiotherapy fields, particularly for making highly-resolved measurements within the Bragg peak region...
September 14, 2017: Medical Physics
Daniela Poppinga, Björn Delfs, Jutta Meyners, Dietrich Harder, Björn Poppe, Hui Khee Looe
The first aim of this study has been to extend the systematic experimental study of the field size dependence of the output factor correction for three micro-ionization chambers (PTW 31014, PTW 31022 and IBA Razor chamber), two silicon diodes (PTW 60017 and IBA Razor Diode) and the synthetic diamond detector microDiamond (PTW 60019) in a 6 MV photon beam down to an effective field side length of 2.6mm, and to summarize the present knowledge of this factor by treating it as a function of the dosimetric field size...
August 28, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
A K Biegun, M-J van Goethem, E R van der Graaf, M van Beuzekom, E N Koffeman, T Nakaji, J Takatsu, J Visser, S Brandenburg
Proton radiography is a novel imaging modality that allows direct measurement of the proton energy loss in various tissues. Currently, due to the conversion of so-called Hounsfield units from X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) into relative proton stopping powers (RPSP), the uncertainties of RPSP are 3-5% or higher, which need to be minimized down to 1% to make the proton treatment plans more accurate. In this work, we simulated a proton radiography system, with position-sensitive detectors (PSDs) and a residual energy detector (RED)...
August 28, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
N C Andresen, P Denes, A Goldschmidt, J Joseph, A Karcher, C S Tindall
We have developed a charge-coupled device (CCD) with 5 μm × 45 μm pixels on high-resistivity silicon. The fully depleted 200 μm-thick silicon detector is back-illuminated through a 10 nm-thick in situ doped polysilicon window and is thus highly efficient for soft through >8 keV hard X-rays. The device described here is a 1.5 megapixel CCD with 2496 × 620 pixels. The pixel and camera geometry was optimized for Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS) and is particularly advantageous for spectrometers with limited arm lengths...
August 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Jian Wu, Yong Jiang, Meng Li, Lina Zeng, Junjie Li, Hui Gao, Dehui Zou, Zhongxiong Bai, Cenming Ye, Wenfeng Liang, Shaofeng Dai, Yi Lu, Ru Rong, Jinfeng Du, Xiaoqiang Fan
4H-silicon carbide (4H-SiC) detectors are well suited for measurements of fission neutron pulse shape for their compact size, excellent radiation resistance, and hydrogen free composition. The aim of this study is to improve the 4H-SiC detector's sensitivity to fission neutron pulses. 4H-SiC detectors with varied epilayer thicknesses are fabricated and then tested in the pulsed neutron field of the Chinese Fast Burst Reactor II (CFBR II). The sensitivity of the 4H-SiC detector to the CFBR II neutron pulse is increased by 139...
August 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Nan Zhou, Wen-Hao Jiang, Luo-Kan Chen, Yu-Qiang Fang, Zheng-Da Li, Hao Liang, Yu-Ao Chen, Jun Zhang, Jian-Wei Pan
Silicon single-photon detectors (SPDs) are the key devices for detecting single photons in the visible wavelength range. Here we present high detection efficiency silicon SPDs dedicated to the generation of multiphoton entanglement based on the technique of high-frequency sine wave gating. The silicon single-photon avalanche diode components are acquired by disassembling 6 commercial single-photon counting modules (SPCMs). Using the new quenching electronics, the average detection efficiency of SPDs is increased from 68...
August 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
Xianming Zhang, Xiaohui Wang, Ning Ren, Zhonghua Kuang, Xinhan Deng, Xin Fu, San Wu, Ziru Sang, Zhanli Hu, Dong Liang, Xin Liu, Hairong Zheng, Yongfeng Yang
A depth encoding PET detector module using semi-monolithic scintillation crystal single-ended readout by a SiPM array was built and its performance was measured. The semi-monolithic scintillator detector consists of 11 polished LYSO slices measuring 1×11.6×10 mm3. The slices are glued together with enhanced specular reflector (ESR) in between and outside of the slices. The bottom surface of the slices is coupled to a 4×4 SiPM array with a 1 mm light guide and silicon grease between them. No reflector is used on the top surface and two sides of the slices to reduce the scintillation photon reflection...
August 31, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Abhijit Ghosh, Jacob E Johnson, Johnathan G Nuss, Brittany A Stark, Aaron R Hawkins, Luke T Tolley, Brian D Iverson, H Dennis Tolley, Milton L Lee
Miniaturization of gas chromatography (GC) instrumentation is of interest because it addresses current and future issues relating to compactness, portability and field application. While incremental advancements continue to be reported in GC with columns fabricated in microchips (referred to in this paper as "microchip columns"), the current performance is far from acceptable. This lower performance compared to conventional GC is due to factors such as pooling of the stationary phase in corners of non-cylindrical channels, adsorption of sensitive compounds on incompletely deactivated surfaces, shorter column lengths and less than optimum interfacing to injector and detector...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
Dominik Wyser, Olivier Lambercy, Felix Scholkmann, Martin Wolf, Roger Gassert
With the aim of transitioning functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) technology from the laboratory environment to everyday applications, the field has seen a recent push toward the development of wearable/miniaturized, multiwavelength, multidistance, and modular instruments. However, it is challenging to unite all these requirements in a precision instrument with low noise, low drift, and fast sampling characteristics. We present the concept and development of a wearable fNIRS instrument that combines all these key features with the goal of reliably and accurately capturing brain hemodynamics...
October 2017: Neurophotonics
Benyamin Davaji, Hak Dong Cho, Mohamadali Malakoutian, Jong-Kwon Lee, Gennady Panin, Tae Won Kang, Chung Hoon Lee
Micro-fabricated single-layer graphenes (SLGs) on a silicon dioxide (SiO2)/Si substrate, a silicon nitride (SiN) membrane, and a suspended architecture are presented for their use as temperature sensors. These graphene temperature sensors act as resistance temperature detectors, showing a quadratic dependence of resistance on the temperature in a range between 283 K and 303 K. The observed resistance change of the graphene temperature sensors are explained by the temperature dependent electron mobility relationship (~T(-4)) and electron-phonon scattering...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
E J Wassell, J S Adams, S R Bandler, G L Betancourt-Martinez, M P Chiao, M P Chang, J A Chervenak, A M Datesman, M E Eckart, A J Ewin, F M Finkbeiner, J Y Ha, R Kelley, C A Kilbourne, A R Miniussi, K Sakai, F Porter, J E Sadleir, S J Smith, N A Wakeham, W Yoon
We are developing superconducting transition-edge sensor (TES) microcalorimeter focal planes for versatility in meeting specifications of X-ray imaging spectrometers including high count-rate, high energy resolution, and large field-of-view. In particular, a focal plane composed of two sub-arrays: one of fine-pitch, high count-rate devices and the other of slower, larger pixels with similar energy resolution, offers promise for the next generation of astrophysics instruments, such as the X-ray Integral Field Unit (X-IFU) instrument on the European Space Agency's Athena mission...
June 2017: IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity: a Publication of the IEEE Superconductivity Committee
Kasper Tolborg, Mads R V Jørgensen, Sebastian Christensen, Hidetaka Kasai, Jacob Becker, Peter Walter, Ann Christin Dippel, Jens Als-Nielsen, Bo B Iversen
In recent years powder X-ray diffraction has proven to be a valuable alternative to single-crystal X-ray diffraction for determining electron-density distributions in high-symmetry inorganic materials, including subtle deformation in the core electron density. This was made possible by performing diffraction measurements in vacuum using high-energy X-rays at a synchrotron-radiation facility. Here we present a new version of our custom-built in-vacuum powder diffractometer with the sample-to-detector distance increased by a factor of four...
August 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
D Poppinga, J Halbur, S Lemmer, B Delfs, D Harder, H K Looe, B Poppe
The aim of this test study is to check whether boron nitride (BN) might be applied as a detector material in high-energy photon-beam dosimetry. Boron nitride exists in various crystalline forms. Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) possesses high mobility of the electrons and holes as well as a high volume resistivity, so that ionizing radiation in the clinical range of the dose rate can be expected to produce a measurable electrical current at low background current. Due to the low atomic numbers of its constituents, its density (2...
September 5, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Jakub W Trzciński, Roberta Pinalli, Nicolò Riboni, Alessandro Pedrini, Federica Bianchi, Stefano Zampolli, Ivan Elmi, Chiara Massera, Franco Ugozzoli, Enrico Dalcanale
In this work we report a comprehensive study leading to the fabrication of a prototype sensor for environmental benzene monitoring. The required high selectivity and ppb-level sensitivity are obtained by coupling a silicon-integrated concentration unit containing the specifically designed EtQxBox cavitand to a miniaturized PID detector. In the resulting stand-alone sensor, the EtQxBox receptor acts at the same time as highly sensitive preconcentrator for BTEX and GC-like separation phase, allowing for the selective desorption of benzene over TEX...
April 28, 2017: ACS Sensors
Andrew J Wroe, Grant McAuley, Anthony V Teran, Jeannie Wong, Marco Petasecca, Michael Lerch, James M Slater, Anatoly B Rozenfeld
As technology continues to develop, external beam radiation therapy is being employed, with increased conformity, to treat smaller targets. As this occurs, the dosimetry methods and tools employed to quantify these fields for treatment also have to evolve to provide increased spatial resolution. The team at the University of Wollongong has developed a pixelated silicon detector prototype known as the dose magnifying glass (DMG) for real-time small-field metrology. This device has been tested in photon fields and IMRT...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Enrique Muñoz, John Barrio, Ane Etxebeste, Pablo Garcia Ortega, Carlos Lacasta, Josep Francisco Oliver, Carles Solaz, Gabriela Llosa
Compton imaging devices have been proposed and studied for a wide range of applications. We have developed a Compton camera prototype which can be operated with two or three detector layers based on monolithic lanthanum bromide (LaBr3) crystals coupled to silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs), to be used for proton range verification in hadron therapy. In this work, we present the results obtained with our prototype in laboratory tests with radioactive sources and in simulation studies...
July 18, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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