Position-Sensitive Gaseous Photomultipliers: Research and Applications

Position-Sensitive Gaseous Photomultipliers: Research and Applications

Tom Francke (Myon, Sweden) and Vladimir Peskov (CERN, Switzerland)
Release Date: May, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 562
ISBN13: 9781522502425|ISBN10: 1522502424|EISBN13: 9781522502432|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0242-5


Gaseous photomultipliers are defined as gas-filled devices capable of recording single ultraviolet (UV) and visible photons with high position resolution. Used in a variety of research areas, these detectors can be paired with computers to treat and store imaging information of UV-light.

Position-Sensitive Gaseous Photomultipliers: Research and Applications explores the advancement of gaseous detectors as applied for single photon detection. Emphasizing emerging perspectives and new ways to apply gaseous detectors across research fields, this research-based publication is an essential reference source for engineers, physicists, graduate-level students, and researchers.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Applied Photo-Sensitive Detectors
  • Cherenkov Detectors
  • Electron Multiplication
  • Gaseous Detectors
  • Liquid Photocathodes
  • Single Photon Detectors

Reviews and Testimonials

Francke and Peskov introduce this research review with a historical note on the discovery of the quantum in part through the photoelectric effect, and its subsequent cascade of technological applications including single photon detectors. They argue that despite recent advances and prima facie appeal of solid state detectors, gaseous photomultipliers remain the best option in many circumstances for large area devices tolerant of magnetic fields. The authors then present fifteen chapter essays on the research thus far and current challenges and approaches. The first several chapters discuss the basics of photoionization, mechanisms of electron avalanche multiplication, and more.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Tom Francke is an internationally recognized scientist and entrepreneur, specializing in innovation and development of advanced radiation instruments and other novel technology. For 15 years, Dr. Francke served as a senior scientist in astroparticle physics developing radiation instruments for particle physics experiments and space research, mainly for CERN and NASA. During these years he served at CERN, Switzerland, CNRS, France, KTH, Sweden and New Mexico State University, USA. He has since then founded and/or contributed to grow a number of successful companies serving as CEO, CBO or chairman of the board, including XCounter (listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange), Super Sonic Imagine (France), Tacton (Sweden), Conflux (Sweden) etc. All companies have invented and developed advanced new technology which has been commercialized internationally. Tom Francke is associate professor in particle physics from KTH, Sweden. He is the inventor of 61 patent families, has published more than 100 scientific articles and received a number of international awards.
Vladimir Peskov is a chief scientist at the Institute for Chemical Physics Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) working currently at CERN for ALICE experiment. He obtained his academic degrees (Ph.D) in 1976 and Doctor of Sciences in 1982 from the Institute of Physical Problems, RAS, in Moscow. He worked there on plasma studies in the Physics Laboratory RAS led by P.L. Kapitza, and developed new methods and instruments for plasma diagnostic in far ultraviolet allowing to discover some new phenomena in plasma. From 1986 he mainly worked abroad: at CERN (in Charpak’s group), Fermi National Laboratory, NASA and the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, on the instrumentation for high energy physics, astrophysics and medicine. He has developed photosensitive gaseous photomultipliers which have been used in several experiments, including ALICE. He is an author and co-author of more than 250 publications, two scientific books and twelve International patents, member of the International Scientific Advisory and Organizing Committees in several conferences and workshops. For many years served as an editor of Journal of Instrumentation.