We describe an experimental setup based on a sealed parallel-plate avalanche counter, which allows conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy at temperatures down to . A study of the counting gas performances is carried out in order to find out the appropriate operating conditions. The detector can work in a wide range of pressures and voltages at room and low temperatures, for both iron- and tin-based Mössbauer transitions. An estimation of the gas gain is obtained by using a simple approach, which considers the avalanche gas process in parallel-plate geometry. The gas gain as a function of the filling pressure shows a maximum at room temperature and a monotonic increase at low temperature. The experimental setup has been tested with the determination of the Debye temperature of , , and .
Development of a parallel-plate avalanche counter to perform conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy at low temperatures
Roberto Mantovan, Marco Fanciulli; Development of a parallel-plate avalanche counter to perform conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy at low temperatures. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1 June 2007; 78 (6): 063902. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2745654
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