A Solid State Scintillation Detector

Author(s): George E. Wilcox
Sponsor(s): IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1 February 1967
Volume: 14
Page(s): 460 - 463
ISSN (Paper): 0018-9499
ISSN (Online): 1558-1578
DOI: 10.1109/TNS.1967.4324455



Efforts to substitute a solid state device for the usual photomultiplier of a scintillation type nuclear detector led to the photoconductive cell. Although extremely sensitive, cadmium sulfide responds slowly to low levels of light, and a technique providing improvement over several orders of magnitude failed to achieve measurement of individual pulses. In an integrating application, however, such a method makes possible a simple, reliable, and inexpensive instrument for measuring, alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron dose rates over a wide range of operation.