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Dose Rate Linearity in 4H-SiC Schottky Diode Based Detectors at Elevated Temperatures

Lookup NU author(s): Nurul Mohamed, Professor Nick Wright, Dr Alton Horsfall



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The outstanding material properties make silicon carbide radiation hard and this ability has enabled it to be demonstrated in a range of detector structures for deployment in extreme environments, including those where the ability to tolerate high radiation dose is imperative. This includes applications in space and nuclear environments, where the ability to detect highly energetic radiation is important. In contrast, detectors used in medical treatment, such as imaging and radiotherapy, uses a range of radiation dose rates and energies for both particulate and photonic radiation. Here, we report the response and dose rate linearity of detectors fabricated from silicon carbide to dose rates in the range of 0.185 mGy.min−1, typical of those used for medical imaging. The data show that the radiation detected current originates within the depletion region of the detector and that the response is linearly dependent on the volume of the space charge region. The realization of a vertical detector structure, coupled with the high quality of epitaxial layers, has resulted in a high dose sensitivity of the detector that is highly linear. The temperature dependence of the characteristics indicate that silicon carbide Schottky diode based detectors offer a performance suitable for medical applications at temperatures below 100 ◦C without the need for external cooling.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mohamed NS, Wright NG, Horsfall AB

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science

Year: 2017

Volume: 64

Issue: 7

Pages: 1912-1919

Print publication date: 01/07/2017

Online publication date: 18/05/2017

Acceptance date: 11/05/2017

Date deposited: 16/05/2017

ISSN (print): 0018-9499

ISSN (electronic): 1558-1578

Publisher: IEEE


DOI: 10.1109/TNS.2017.2705519


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