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25 September 2014 Demonstration of enhanced DQE with a dual MCP configuration
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X-ray framing cameras based on proximity-focused micro-channel plates (MCP) have been playing an important role as diagnostics of inertial confinement fusion experiments [1]. Most of the current x-ray framing cameras consist of a single MCP, a phosphor, and a recording device (e.g. CCD or photographic films). This configuration is successful for imaging x-rays with energies below 20 keV, but detective quantum efficiency (DQE) above 20 keV is severely reduced due to the large gain differential between the top and the bottom of the plate for these volumetrically absorbed photons [2]. Recently developed diagnostic techniques at LLNL require recording backlit images of extremely dense imploded plasmas using hard x-rays, and demand the detector to be sensitive to photons with energies higher than 40 keV [3]. To increase the sensitivity in the high-energy region, we propose to use a combination of two MCPs. The first MCP is operated in low gain and works as a thick photocathode, and the second MCP works as a high gain electron multiplier [4,5]. We assembled a proof-of-principle test module by using this dual MCP configuration and demonstrated 4.5% DQE at 60 keV x-rays.
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N. Izumi, G. N. Hall, A. C. Carpenter, F. V. Allen, J. G. Cruz, B. Felker, D. Hargrove, J. Holder, J. D. Kilkenny, A. Lumbard, R. Montesanti, N. E. Palmer, K. Piston, G. Stone, M. Thao, R. Vern, R. Zacharias, O. L. Landen, R. Tommasini, D. K. Bradley, and P. M. Bell "Demonstration of enhanced DQE with a dual MCP configuration", Proc. SPIE 9211, Target Diagnostics Physics and Engineering for Inertial Confinement Fusion III, 921102 (25 September 2014);


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