Chapter 3. Elementary Processes Affecting Generation of Signals

  1. Prof. Elena Aprile2,
  2. Dr. Aleksey E. Bolotnikov3,
  3. Dr. Alexander I. Bolozdynya1 and
  4. Prof. Tadayoshi Doke4

Published Online: 21 DEC 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610020.ch3

Noble Gas Detectors

Noble Gas Detectors

How to Cite

Aprile, E., Bolotnikov, A. E., Bolozdynya, A. I. and Doke, T. (2006) Elementary Processes Affecting Generation of Signals, in Noble Gas Detectors, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610020.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    Case Western Reserve University, Department of Physics, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106–7079, USA

  2. 2

    Columbia University, Physics Department & Astrophysics Laboratory, 550 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027, USA

  3. 3

    Brookhaven National Lab., Bldg. 197-D, Upton, NY 11793, USA

  4. 4

    Waseda University, 1–104 Totsukamach, Shinjuku-ku, 169–8050 Tokyo, Japan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 DEC 2006
  2. Published Print: 6 OCT 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527405978

Online ISBN: 9783527610020



  • elementary processes affecting generation of signals;
  • collection of charge carriers;
  • charge carrier drift in gases under high pressure;
  • drift of charge carriers in condensed phases;
  • charge carrier trapping;
  • electron multiplication and electroluminescence;
  • charge carrier transfer at interfaces;
  • quasifree electron emission;
  • properties of noble gas scintillators;
  • decay times


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Collection of Charge Carriers

    • Charge Carrier Drift in Gases Under High Pressure

      • Drift of Electrons in Gases

      • Drift of Ions in Gases

    • Drift of Charge Carriers in Condensed Phases

      • Drift of Electrons in Condensed Phases

      • Drift of Ions and Holes in Condensed Noble Gases

    • Charge Carrier Trapping

      • Electron Attachment in Liquids

      • Charge Trapping in Solids

  • Electron Multiplication and Electroluminescence

  • Charge Carrier Transfer at Interfaces

    • Quasifree Electron Emission

      • Thermal Electron Emission

      • Hot Electron Emission

      • Transition of Quasifree Electrons Along Interface

    • Electron Emission From Localized States

    • Transitions Between Different Media

    • Ion Emission from Nonpolar Dielectrics

    • Electron Emission into Nonpolar Dielectrics

      • Electron Emission From Cathodes

      • Electron Injection Through the Free Interface

  • Properties of Noble Gas Scintillators

    • Primary Processes

    • Emission Spectra

      • Emission Spectra of Gases

      • Emission Spectra of Liquids and Solids

    • Absorption and Scattering

      • Self-Absorption

      • Impurity Absorption

      • Scattering

    • Scintillation Light Yield

    • Refractive Index

    • Decay Times

      • Decay Times of Gases

      • Decay Times of Liquids and Solids