The performance of a segmented Clover germanium detector has been measured.
The segmented Clover detector is a composite germanium detector, consistin
g of four individual germanium crystals in the configuration of a four-leaf
Clover, housed in a single cryostat. Each crystal is electrically segmente
d on its outer surface into four quadrants, with separate energy read-outs
from nine crystal zones. Signals are also taken from the inner contact of e
ach crystal. This effectively produces a detector with 16 active elements.
One of the purposes of this segmentation is to improve the overall spectral
resolution when detecting gamma radiation emitted following a nuclear reac
tion, by minimising Doppler broadening caused by the opening angle subtende
d by each detector element. Results of the tests with sources and in beam w
ill be presented. The improved granularity of the detector also leads to an
improved isolated hit probability compared with an unsegmented Clover dete
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