Performance of a twin position-sensitive Frisch-grid ionization chamber for photofission experiments
1 Institut für Kernphysik, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Schlossgartenstraße 9, D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany
2 European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel, Belgium
3 GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH, Planckstraße 1, D-64291 Darmstadt, Germany
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Published online: 30 September 2020
A position-sensitive twin Frisch-grid ionization chamber has been constructed for future photofission experiments using nearly monochromatic, linearly polarized gamma-ray beams. By exchanging the anode plates in the standard ionization chamber on both sides by an array of grid- and strip-anodes, which are rotated by 90° relative to each other and read out by means of resistive charge division, a position sensitivity is achieved that allows the azimuthal fragment emission angle and hence the fission axis orientation to be determined. The performance of this gaseous detector has been studied using the well-known 252Cf spontaneous fission process. The fission axis orientation could be determined relative to an arbitrary axis in space with a resolution better than 7° FWHM. Measured pre-neutron mass and total kinetic energy distributions are consistent with literature, which ensures that the mass and energy resolution for fission fragments is not affected by the position-sensitive structure.
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