GADGET: a Gaseous Detector with Germanium Tagging

M. Friedman*, D. Pérez-Loureiro, T. Budner, E. Pollacco, C. Wrede, M. Cortesi, C. Fry, B. Glassman, M. Harris, J. Heideman, M. Janasik, B. T. Roeder, M. Roosa, A. Saastamoinen, J. Stomps, J. Surbrook, P. Tiwari, J. Yurkon

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The Gaseous Detector with Germanium Tagging (GADGET) is a new detection system devoted to the measurement of weak, low-energy β-delayed proton decays relevant for nuclear astrophysics studies. It is comprised of a new gaseous Proton Detector equipped with a Micromegas readout for charged particle detection, surrounded by the existing Segmented Germanium Array (SeGA) for the high-resolution detection of the prompt γ-rays. In this work we describe in detail for the first time the design, construction, and operation of the GADGET system, including performance of the Proton Detector. We present the results of a recent commissioning experiment performed with 25Si beam at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). GADGET provided low-background, low-energy β-delayed proton detection with efficiency above 95%, and relatively good efficiency for proton-gamma coincidences (2.7% at 1.37 MeV).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)93-102
Number of pages10
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • MPGD
  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Radiative proton capture
  • Si(βp)Mg
  • β-delayed proton emission


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