Author: Menk, R.H.
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TUP097 Fast, Multi-band Photon Detectors based on Quantum Well Devices for Beam-monitoring in New Generation Light Sources 600
  • T. Ganbold
    University of Trieste, School of Nanotechnology, Trieste, Italy
  • M. Antonelli, G. Cautero, R. Cucini, D.M. Eichert, W.H. Jark, R.H. Menk
    Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste S.C.p.A., Basovizza, Italy
  • G. Biasiol
    IOM-CNR, Trieste, Italy
  In order to monitor the photon-beam position for both diagnostics and calibration purposes, we have investigated the possibility to use InGaAs/InAlAs Quantum Well (QW) devices as position-sensitive photon detectors for Free-Electron Laser (FEL) or Synchrotron Radiation (SR). Owing to their direct, low-energy band gap and high electron mobility, such QW devices may be used also at Room Temperature (RT) as fast multi-band sensors for photons ranging from visible light to hard X-rays. Moreover, internal charge-amplification mechanism can be applied for very low signal levels, while the high carrier mobility allows the design of very fast photon detectors with sub-nanosecond response times. Segmented QW sensors have been preliminary tested with 100-fs-wide UV laser pulses and X-ray SR. The reported results indicate that these devices respond with 100-ps rise-times to ultra-fast UV laser pulses. Besides, X-ray tests have shown that these detectors are sensitive to beam position and exhibit a good efficiency in the collection of photo-generated carriers.