26-30 June 2011
Centro Culturale Altinate, Padova, Italy
Europe/Rome timezone

GRETINA: Status and Future Plans

28 Jun 2011, 15:00
Sala Polivalente (Centro Culturale Altinate, Padova, Italy)

Sala Polivalente

Centro Culturale Altinate, Padova, Italy

Via Altinate 71 Padova Italy


Augusto Macchiavelli (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)


The gamma ray tracking technique uses highly segmented Ge detectors, and measures pulse shapes from each of the segments using fast digital electronics. These pulses are analyzed, in a procedure called signal decomposition, to determine energy, time, and three-dimensional positions of all gamma-ray interactions. This information is then used, together with the characteristics of the Compton and pair-production processes, to group and sequence the interactions points and determine the scattering path of the original gamma-rays. A 4π detector array based on this novel technique would provide high efficiency (~40% for 1 MeV gamma rays), excellent peak-to-total ratio (~0.6), and accurate position resolution (~2mm), increasing the detection sensitivity of the spectrometer by several hundreds compared to current arrays used in nuclear physics research. GRETINA, a first implementation of such an array using coaxial crystals (6x6 segments) and covering 1π solid angle, was completed in March 2011 at LBNL. A similar system developed in Europe, the AGATA demonstrator, is currently running a campaign at Legnaro. In this talk, we will review the basic principles of gamma ray tracking and the measured performance of GRETINA with radioactive sources and in-beam experiments. Besides their intrinsic value as demonstrators of the tracking technique, these instruments provide unique physics opportunities in nuclear structure: we will discuss some examples and present the plans for commissioning runs and first research campaigns. This work is supported by US-DOE under contract number DE-AC02-05CH11231.

Primary author

Augusto Macchiavelli (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Presentation Materials

There are no materials yet.