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Planetary exploration places high demands on instrumentation and presents some of the harshest operating environments and constraints known, including extreme thermal conditions, high-radiation tolerance and the need for low mass and power. We present data on a novel X-ray detector, the Semi-Transparent SiC Schottky Diode (STSSD), which shows promising energy resolution (1.3 keV Full-Width Half-Maximum at 5.9keV) at room temperature and good radiation tolerance to proton irradiation (with a dose of similar to 10(13) cm(-2), energy similar to 50 MeV) with some degradation in resolution to 2.5 keV. Future development of SiC detectors will lead, in principle, to X-ray imaging spectroscopic arrays capable of meeting the stringent demands of future planetary exploration missions. We outline the detector requirements necessary for use in the environment likely to be encountered in a mission to the Jovian system, which has the harshest radiation environment of all the planetary magnetospheres. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Author(s): Lees JE, Bassford DJ, Bunce EJ, Sims MR, Horsfall AB
Editor(s): Bates, R; Mathieson, K; O'Shea, V; Parkes, C; Soler, P
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: 8th International Conference on Position Sensitive Detectors
Year of Conference: 2009
Publisher: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment: Elsevier
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