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Title: Amorphous silicon radiation detectors

Hydrogenated amorphous silicon radiation detector devices having enhanced signal are disclosed. Specifically provided are transversely oriented electrode layers and layered detector configurations of amorphous silicon, the structure of which allow high electric fields upon application of a bias thereby beneficially resulting in a reduction in noise from contact injection and an increase in signal including avalanche multiplication and gain of the signal produced by incoming high energy radiation. These enhanced radiation sensitive devices can be used as measuring and detection means for visible light, low energy photons and high energy ionizing particles such as electrons, x-rays, alpha particles, beta particles and gamma radiation. Particular utility of the device is disclosed for precision powder crystallography and biological identification.
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (Palo Alto, CA)
  2. (Berkeley, CA)
  3. (El Cerrito, CA)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Regents of University of Calif. (Oakland, CA) LBNL
Patent Number(s):
US 5164809
Contract Number:
Research Org:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA
Country of Publication:
United States
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