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Performance of the ATLASPix1 pixel sensor prototype in ams aH18 CMOS technology for the ATLAS ITk upgrade

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... First results from ATLASPix1 characterisation studies at CERN and FERMILAB have been reported in [5,6]. More results were obtained at recent test beam campaigns at DESY and PSI. ...
... Single hit efficiencies for a fully monolithic HV-MAPS 1 irradiated with protons and neutrons were reported first for the MuPix7 predecessor [14] which has no radiation hard design. These performance studies have been repeated for the ATLASPix1_Simple prototype and first results were reported in [5]. Results from a more comprehensive study are summarized in the following. ...
... First results from ATLASPix1 characterisation studies at CERN and FERMILAB have been reported in [5,6]. More results were obtained at recent test beam campaigns at DESY and PSI. ...
... Single hit efficiencies for a fully monolithic HV-MAPS 1 irradiated with protons and neutrons were reported first for the MuPix7 predecessor [14] which has no radiation hard design. These performance studies have been repeated for the ATLASPix1_Simple prototype and first results were reported in [5]. Results from a more comprehensive study are summarized in the following. ...
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