Measurement of the ion backflow suppression by the passive bi-polar grid

27 Jul 2020  ·  Shulga Evgeny, Zakharov Vladislav, Garg Prakhar, Hemmick Thomas, Milov Alexander ·

The ion backflow is the main limiting factor for operating time projection chambers at high event rates. A significant effort is invested by many experimental groups to solve this problem... This paper explores a solution based on operating a passive bi-polar wire grid. In the presence of the magnetic field, the grid more effectively attenuates the ion current than the electron current going through it. Transparencies of the grid to electrons and ions are measured for different gas mixtures and magnitudes of the magnetic field. The results suggest that in a sufficiently strong magnetic field, the bi-polar wire grid can be used as an effective and independent device to suppress the ion backflow in time projection chambers. read more

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