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Validation of Geant4 Pixel Detector Simulation Framework by Measurements with the Medipix Family Detectors

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Author list: KRAPOHL D, THUNGSTRÖM G, FRÖJDH C, KRAPOHL D, THUNGSTRÖM G, FRÖJDH C, Fröjdh E

Publication year: 2016

Start page: 1874

End page: 1881

Number of pages: 8

ISSN: 0018-9499

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TNS.2016.2555958

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Abstract

Monte Carlo simulations are an extensively used tool for developingand understanding radiation detector systems. In this work, we usedresults of several chips and readout modes of the Medipix detector family to validatea Geant4 based pixel detector framework, developed in our group, thatis capable of simulating particle tracking, charge transport in thesensor material and different readout schemes. We experimentally verifiedthe simulation with different detector geometries in terms of pixelpitch and size as well as sensor material and sensor thickness. Thesingle pixel mode (SPM) and charge summing mode (CSM) in Medipix3 were evaluated with fluorescenceand synchrotron radiation. The integration of the charge sensitiveamplifier functionality in the simulation framework allowed to simulatethe time-over-threshold mode of the Timepix chip.Simulation and measurement have been compared in terms of spectralresolution using threshold scans in photon counting mode (Medipix3) and time over thresholdmode (Timepix). Furthercomparisons were done using X-ray tube spectra and beta decay to covera broad energy range. Additionally, TCAD simulations are performedas a comparison to a well-established simulation method. The resultsshow good agreement between simulation and measurement.


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