Title: On the Underground Production of High Purity Germanium Detectors
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC43108
ISBN: 978-92-79-08276-4
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23237 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC43108
DOI: 10.2787/13569
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
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.
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