Special Article – New Tools and Techniques
Pulse-shape calculations and applications using the AGATAGeFEM software package
Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS/IN2P3, IJCLab, 91405, Orsay, France
Accepted: 30 May 2021
Published online: 18 June 2021
A software package for modeling segmented High-Purity Segmented Germanium detectors, AGATAGeFEM, is presented. The choices made for geometry implementation and the calculations of the electric and weighting fields are discussed and models used for charge-carrier velocities are described. Numerical integration of the charge-carrier transport equation is explained. The impact of noise and crosstalk on the achieved position resolution in AGATA detectors is investigated. The results suggest that crosstalk, as seen in the AGATA detectors, is of minor importance for the position resolution. The sensitivity of the pulse shapes to the parameters in the pulse-shape calculations is determined as a function of position in the detectors. Finally, AGATAGeFEM has been used to produce pulse-shape data bases for pulse-shape analyses of experimental data. The results with the new data base indicate improvement with respect to those with the standard AGATA data base. The AGATAGeFEM package sets itself apart with its high precision of the detector geometry description. This lends itself to numerical studies of the impact of segmentation lines and charge diffusion in the next step of code development.
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