Published Online: 15 OCT 2009
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Encyclopedia of Applied Physics
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Sandorfi, A. M., Lister, C. J. and Woody, C. 2009. Gamma-Ray Spectrometers. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 773–796.
- Published Online: 15 OCT 2009
Gamma rays are the highest energy photons in the electromagnetic spectrum. Their detection techniques exploit the different mechanisms by which they interact with matter. Factors affecting the determination of their total energy, position, and arrival time are discussed, along with the trade-offs encountered in large detector arrays.
- cascade shower;
- Cherenkov radiation;
- Compton scattering;
- pair production;
- photoelectric absorption;
- photomultiplier tube;
- spectral quality