Feb 15 – 19, 2016
Vienna University of Technology
Europe/Vienna timezone

First prototypes of two-tier avalanche pixel sensors for particle detection

Feb 17, 2016, 10:15 AM
EI7 (Vienna University of Technology)


Vienna University of Technology

Talk Semiconductor Detectors Semiconductor Detectors


Lucio Pancheri (University of Trento and TIFPA)


In this paper, we present the proof-of-concept implementation and preliminary evaluation of a new type of silicon sensor based on Geiger-mode avalanche detectors. The proposed device, formed by two vertically-aligned pixelated detectors, exploits the coincidence between two simultaneous avalanche events to discriminate between particle-triggered detections and dark counts. This approach offers several advantages in applications requiring low material budget and fine detector segmentation as, for instance, for tracking and vertex reconstruction in particle physics experiments and charged particle imaging in medicine and biology. In addition, a timing resolution in the order of tens of picoseconds can potentially be achieved thanks to the fast onset of avalanche multiplication in Geiger-mode regime. A two-tier sensor assembly was designed and fabricated in a commercial 0.15μm CMOS process. The sensor consists of a 48x16 pixel array, and includes avalanche diodes of different sizes to evaluate the detection efficiency for different fill factors. Each pixel, having a 50μm x 75μm area, includes detectors and electronics on both layers, with the top-layer signal transmitted to the bottom layer using a vertical interconnection per pixel. The two layers were tested separately and proved to be fully functional. Several sensor samples are currently being vertically-integrated through bump bonding. The first test results on the vertically-integrated sensors will be discussed.

Primary author

Lucio Pancheri (University of Trento and TIFPA)


Aurore Savoy Navarro (Laboratoire APC, University Paris-Diderot/CNRS Paris) Fabio Morsani (INFN Pisa) Gian-Franco Dalla Betta (University of Trento and TIFPA) Gianmaria Collazuol (University of Padova and INFN Padova) Lodovico Ratti (University of Pavia and INFN Pavia) Paolo Brogi (University of Siena and INFN Pisa) Pier Simone Marrocchesi (University of Siena and INFN Pisa)

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