May 24 – 28, 2021
America/Vancouver timezone

An experimental study to understand the physics behind charging-up of Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM)

May 26, 2021, 7:30 AM
Parallel session talk Sensors: Gaseous Detectors Sensors: Gaseous Detectors


Mr Vishal Kumar (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics)


Charging-up is a phenomenon observed while working with gaseous ionization detector having dielectric. It is comprised of two processes: the polarization of dielectric due to exposure to high electric field and collection of charges on dielectric surface. Both these charging-up processes affect the gain of the detector as they change the local field configuration around the dielectric. Here, we have studied these effects using experimental techniques for a single GEM detector. It is observed that due to polarization the gain increases following a curve similar to charging-up of a capacitor. However, the radiation charging-up reduces gain depending on radiation rate. The radiation rate was modified by a) collimators, b) strong and weak sources. As the rate increases the rate of collection of charges on GEM dielectric accelerates. Its effects are important for experiments where beam current changes significantly with time and in TPC application which requires gain to be stable over time.

Funding information Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Homi Bhabha National Institute
TIPP2020 abstract resubmission? Yes, this would have been presented at TIPP2020.

Primary author

Mr Vishal Kumar (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics)


SRIDHAR TRIPATHY (SAHA INSTITUTE OF NUCLEAR PHYSICS) Supratik Mukhopadhyay (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (IN)) Nayana Majumdar (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics) Prof. Sandip Sarkar (Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics)

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