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On the underground production of high purity germanium detectors

Funded under: FP7-JRC

Abstract

Detectors based on high purity germanium (HPGe) are used in numerous deep underground experiments world-wide aiming at detecting rare events like double beta decay and interactions of dark matter. These detectors require the lowest possible background. A significant part of the background is due to radionuclides produced by cosmic-ray interactions with the germanium crystal. This report gives quantitative data on this activation and discusses the possible solutions. The first solution is to optimise the logistics during the crystal and detector fabrication so that the germanium spends a minimum time above ground. The second solution is to implement one or several (up to 12) production steps underground. The report also makes estimates on the future needs for germanium produced underground and the costs involved.

Additional information

Authors: HULT M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);BELOGUROV S, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);CALDWELL A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23237 EN (2008), 44 pp. Free of Charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LANA23237 (Catalogue Number: LA-NA-23237-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08276-4
Record Number: 200819946 / Last updated on: 2008-07-28
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en