Nov 26 – 27, 2018
Europe/Zurich timezone

Combining TCAD and Monte Carlo Methods to Simulate High-Resistivity CMOS Pixel Detectors

Nov 27, 2018, 9:50 AM
513/1-024 (CERN)



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Simon Spannagel (CERN)


Combining electrostatic field simulations with Monte Carlo methods enables realistic modeling of the detector response for novel monolithic silicon detectors with strongly non-linear electric fields. Both the precise field description and the inclusion of Landau fluctuations and production of secondary particles in the sensor are crucial ingredients for the understanding and reproduction of detector characteristics.

In this contribution, a pixel detector produced in a High-Resistivity CMOS process is simulated by integrating a detailed electric field model from TCAD into a Monte Carlo based simulation with the Allpix Squared framework. The simulation results are compared to data recorded in test beam measurements and very good agreement is found for various quantities such as cluster size, signal charge, resolution and efficiency. Furthermore, the observables are studied as a function of the intra-pixel incidence position to enable a detailed comparison with the detector behavior observed in data.

The validation of such simulations is fundamental for modeling the detector response and for predicting the performance of future prototype designs. Moreover, visualization plots extracted from the framework's charge carrier drift model can aid in understanding the charge propagation behavior in different regions of the sensor.

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