Tritium digital autoradiography with a Medipix2 hybrid silicon pixel detector
ABSTRACT We report on the first measurements of 3H beta autoradiography obtained using a room temperature hybrid pixel detector, consisting of the Medipix2 single particle counting read-out chip bump-bonded to a 300 μm thick silicon pixel detector. This system has 256×256 square pixels of 55 μm pitch for a total sensitive area of 14×14 mm2. Each pixel contains a double threshold discriminator and a 13-bit counter. Using a detection threshold equivalent to less than 6 keV and a background count rate of 5×10−3 counts mm−2 s−1, with exposures up to several hours, real-time images have been obtained of tritium-labeled solution drops spotted on a thin mylar foil placed in contact with the continuous top electrode of the silicon detector, in open air condition.