Performance comparison of different readouts for position-sensitive solid-state photomultiplier arrays

Junwei Du, Jeffrey P. Schmall, Kun Di, Yongfeng Yang, Purushottam A. Dokhale, Kanai S. Shah, Simon R. Cherry

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A thorough comparison of five different readouts for reading out a 2 × 2 array of 5 mm × 5 mm position-sensitive solid-state photomultipliers (PS-SSPM) was undertaken. The five readouts include reading out the 20 signals (16 position and 4 timing) individually, two signal multiplexing readouts, and two position decoding readouts. Flood histogram quality, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and energy resolution were compared at different bias voltage (27.0-32.0 V, at 0.5 V intervals) and at a fixed temperature of 0°C by coupling a 6 × 6 array of 1.3 mm × 1.3 mm × 20 mm polished LSO crystals to the center of the PS-SSPM array. The timing resolution was measured at a bias voltage of 31.0 V (optimal bias voltage in terms of flood histogram quality). The best flood histogram quality value and signal-to-noise were 7.3 ± 1.6 and 33.5 ± 3.1, respectively, and were obtained by shaping and digitizing the 16 position signals individually. The capacitive charge-division readout is the simplest readout among the five evaluated but still resulted in good performance with a flood histogram quality valueof3.3 ± 0.4 and a SNR of 18.3 ± 1.3. The average energy resolution and the average timing resolution were 15.2 ± 1.2% and 8.4 ± 1.6 ns for individual signal readout and 15.9 ± 1.2% and 8.8 ± 1.3 ns by using the capacitive charge-division readout method. These studies show that for an ultra-high spatial resolution applications using the 2 × 2 PS-SSPM array, reading out the 20 signals individually is necessary, whilst the capacitive charge-division readout is a cost-effective readout for less demanding applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045019
JournalBiomedical Physics and Engineering Express
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 19 2017


  • Charge division readout
  • PET
  • Position-sensitive solid-state photomultipiers

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  • Nursing(all)


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