11-15 February 2013
Vienna University of Technology
Europe/Vienna timezone

Handy Compton camera using 3D position-sensitive scintillators coupled with large-area monolithicMPPC arrays

13 Feb 2013, 09:25
Vienna University of Technology

Vienna University of Technology

Gußhausstraße 25-29, 1040 Wien (Vienna), Austria


Jun Kataoka (Waseda University)


One year after Japan’s nuclear disaster, the invisible threat of radiation lingers around homes and businesses near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. Various gamma cameras are being developed and are now undergoing careful field tests. Although some are compact, the detector weight still exceeds 10 kg due to the thick mechanical collimator. Other models use electronic collimation but have relatively poor sensitivity especially for 137Cs and 134Cs gamma rays. We are developing a novel Compton camera weighing only ~1 kg and just ~10 cm cubic in size. Despite its compactness however, the camera realizes wide 180 deg vision with its sensitivity ~50 times superior to other cameras being tested in Fukushima. We expect that a hotspot producing a 5 micro-Sv/h dose at a distance of 3 meters can be imaged every 10 sec. The prototype camera consists of two identical 1 cm cubic 3D position-sensitive scintillation detectors (Ce:GAGG), developed through key in-house technology. By measuring the pulse-height ratio of MPPC-arrays coupled at both ends of a scintillation crystal block, the depth of interaction is obtained as well as the usual 2D positions. The average energy resolution of 10 % was obtained with the angular resolution better than 10 deg (FWHM) for 662 keV gamma rays. These results suggest that this gamma camera design is versatile and offers promise in various applications; not only as a survey device but also for nuclear medicine and high energy astrophysics.
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Primary author

Jun Kataoka (Waseda University)


Mrs Aya Kishimoto (Waseda University) Mr Kenshiro Takeuchi (Waseda University) Mr Masato Hirayanagi (Hamamatsu Photonics K.K) Mr Shinji Ohsuka (Hamamatsu Photonics K.K) Mr Shunsuke Adachi (Hamamatsu Photonics K.K) Mr Sigeyuki Nakamura (Hamamatsu Photonics K.K) Dr Takeshi Nakamori (Waseda University) Mr Takuya Fujita (Waseda University) Mr Takuya Kato (Waseda University) Mr Toru Nishiyama (Waseda University)

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