The Photomultiplier Handbook by Tony WrightThe Photomultiplier Handbook by Tony Wright

The Photomultiplier Handbook

byTony Wright

Hardcover | July 22, 2017

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Photomultipliers are extremely sensitive light detectors that can detect single photons. In multiplying the charge produced by incident light by up to 100 million times, these devices are essential to a wide range of functions, from medical instrumentation to astronomical observations. Thiscomplete and authoritative guide will provide students, practitioners, and researchers with a deeper understanding of the operating principles of these devices. Authored by an experienced user and manufacturer of photomultipliers, this handbook gives the reader insights into photomultiplierbehaviour as a means to optimize performance.Diffuse and low level light sources are best served with a photomultiplier for the detection of single photon emissions. Light detection and electron multiplication are statistical in nature and the mathematics of these processes is derived from first principles. The book covers other related topicssuch as scintillation counting, light guides, and large area detectors. The usually complicated subject of biasing a photomultiplier, very important for optimal performance, is reduced to a comprehensible set of calculations. All applications demand some form of electronics, the options for whichare fully explored in this book.
Tony Wright has worked with photomultipliers for forty years. He was born in Durban, South Africa, where he attended the University of Natal as a physics undergraduate and did postgraduate research on atmospherics generated by lightning discharges before the birth of "health and safety." He left South Africa in 1968 with his wife to ex...
Title:The Photomultiplier HandbookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:624 pagesPublished:July 22, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199565090

ISBN - 13:9780199565092

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Table of Contents

1. Why photomultipliers?2. Photocathodes3. The optical interface to photomultipliers4. Statistical processes5. Secondary emission and gain6. Photomultiplier background7. Measurement of low light flux8. Timing with photomulipliers9. Linear performance10. Collection and counting efficiency11. Signal induced background12. Environmental considerations13. Voltage dividers14. Electronics for photomultipliers