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Positron Annihilation Detection Beyond the Limits

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Project "PALADIN" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STEVINWEG 1
city: DELFT
postcode: 2628 CN

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 165˙598 €
 EC max contribution 165˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2017-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) coordinator 165˙598.00


 Project objective

Given the growth and aging of the world population, innovative solutions for sustainable energy and health are needed. Novel technologies play an enabling role in the realization of such solutions. Better devices for the detection of annihilation quanta resulting from positron annihilation are an example. In material science these detectors are needed for research on renewable energies and innovative energy storage using Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS). In medicine they are required for diagnosis, staging, and treatment monitoring of diseases using Time-of-Flight Positron Emission Tomography (TOF-PET). In both fields time resolution is a key parameter. Sub-100 picosecond resolution is needed but not yet available. Improvement of time resolution, however, must not deteriorate other performance parameters. This project aims to overcome present physical limits. Monolithic scintillation crystals will be read out with digital photon counter (DPC) arrays coupled to each of its surfaces. Innovative data processing methods will be developed to eliminate the influence of scintillation photon propagation, currently the major bottleneck in large scintillation crystals that are nevertheless needed for high detection efficiency. We aim at coincidence resolving times (CRT) < 100ps FWHM, 10% energy resolution, 1 mm isotropic spatial resolution, and 90% detection efficiency. The detector will be incorporated in a PALS setup. After the performance has been characterized, it will be used for TU Delft’s materials research on renewable energy. The detector characterization will also serve as a proof-of-concept for application in clinical TOF-PET devices. The results are furthermore expected to be of relevance to fields such as high-energy physics. To investigate options for further improvement of the already unprecedented time resolution, studies will be done towards exploiting the Cherenkov-effect in a detector based on a hybrid Cherenkov/scintillation material.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 S. E. Brunner, D. R. Schaart
Enabling cost-effective TOF-PET by exploiting the Cherenkov emission in BGO
published pages: 150, ISSN: , DOI:
Journal of Nuclear Medicine 58 2019-06-17
2017 S E Brunner, D R Schaart
BGO as a hybrid scintillator / Cherenkov radiator for cost-effective time-of-flight PET
published pages: 4421-4439, ISSN: 0031-9155, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6560/aa6a49
Physics in Medicine and Biology 62/11 2019-06-17
2016 S.E. Brunner, L. Gruber, A. Hirtl, K. Suzuki, J. Marton, D.R. Schaart
A comprehensive characterization of the time resolution of the Philips Digital Photon Counter
published pages: P11004-P11004, ISSN: 1748-0221, DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/11/11/P11004
Journal of Instrumentation 11/11 2019-06-17
2016 Yevgen Bilevych, Stefan E. Brunner, Hong Wah Chan, Edoardo Charbon, Harry van der Graaf, Cornelis W. Hagen, Gert Nützel, Serge D. Pinto, Violeta Prodanović, Daan Rotman, Fabio Santagata, Lina Sarro, Dennis R. Schaart, John Sinsheimer, John Smedley, Shuxia Tao, Anne M.M.G. Theulings
Potential applications of electron emission membranes in medicine
published pages: 171-174, ISSN: 0168-9002, DOI: 10.1016/j.nima.2015.10.084
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 809 2019-06-18
2018 S. E. Brunner, Alessandro Ferri, Alberto Gola, Claudio Piemonte and Dennis R Schaart
Comparative Study on the Time Resolution of Co-Doped LSO:Ce, LYSO:Ce, LFS and LGSO:Ce
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-7303, DOI:
\"Prepared to be submitted to \"\"JOURNAL OF TRANSACTIONS ON RADIATION AND PLASMA MEDICAL SCIENCES\"\"\" 2019-06-18

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