Bringing high-energy particle detection in from the cold

5 mayo 2015

Conventional semiconductor detectors made from germanium and silicon are standard equipment in nuclear physics, but are less useful in many emerging applications because they require low temperatures to operate. In recent years, scientists have been seeking new semiconductor materials to develop high-performance radiation detectors that can operate at room temperature, and now researchers think they have a good candidate material: a compound called thallium sulfide iodide.