Radiation Hardness Investigations of Integrated Readout Circuits for a Counting X-Ray Line Detector

The developed direct converting X-ray line detector is based on absorption of X-rays in a semiconducting material. The realized GaAs absorber exhibits a pixel size of 100 μm while the readout integrated circuit (IC) features fast dead-timefree readout, energy discrimination by two individually adjustable thresholds with 20 bit deep counters and radiation-hard design on chip level. Another feature of the line detector is the cascadability of several sensor modules with 1024 pixels each. However, electronic components, specially readout ICs, suffer radiation degradation. This paper describes radiation hardness investigations comparing standard metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) transistors with used radiation hard ring MOS transistors.

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