Investigation of Ion Backflow in Bulk Micromegas Detectors

10 May 2016  ·  Bhattacharya Purba, Bhattacharya Deb Sankar, Mukhopadhyay Supratik, Bhattacharya Sudeb, Majumdar Nayana, Sarkar Sandip, Colas Paul, Attie David ·

The operation of gas detectors is often limited by secondary effects, originating from avalanche-induced photons and ions. Ion backflow is one of the effects limiting the operation of a gas detector at high flux, by giving rise to space charge which disturbs the electric field locally... For the Micromegas detector, a large fraction of the secondary positive ions created in the avalanche can be stopped at the micro-mesh. The present work involves measurements of the ion backflow fraction (using an experimental setup comprising of two drift planes) in bulk Micromegas detectors as a function of detector design parameters. These measured characteristics have also been compared in detail to numerical simulations using the Garfield framework that combines packages such as neBEM, Magboltz and Heed. Further, the effect of using a second micro-mesh on ion backflow and other parameters has been studied numerically. read more

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