Sep 3 – 8, 2017
The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.
Europe/London timezone

Development of the Glass Micro-Well Detector (g-MWD)

Sep 7, 2017, 3:20 PM
Berrill Lecture Theatre (OU)

Berrill Lecture Theatre (OU)

The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA


Dr Stanley Hunter (NASA/GSFC)


We describe the fabrication and performance of large area glass micro-well detectors (g-MWD) fabricated using APEX® Glass. These microstructure, two-dimensional proportional counters are 85x85 mm^2 square with an array of 100 um diameter wells, 100 um deep, on 200 um centers with crossed anode and cathode electrodes. Their performance in P-10 at 1 atm shows excellent gas gain and stability. Future work will refine the g-MWD fabrication process, demonstrate tiling these detectors to make larger area detectors, and lifetime testing in a closed gas environment.
The g-MWDs are being developed for the Advanced Energetic Pair Telescope (AdEPT), a discovery mission for medium-energy (5-200 MeV) gamma-ray polarimetry, but applications are envisioned in a wide range of medical, military, and homeland security applications.

Primary authors

Dr Stanley Hunter (NASA/GSFC) Dr Andrei Hanu (McMaster Univeristy)

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