Diamonds are forever

Researchers at NSCL and MSU's physics department developed a particle detector made from single-crystal diamond that will significantly extend the capabilities of conventional detection technology. The diamond is grown by chemical vapor deposition at MSU's Keck Microfabrication Facility.

The diamond detectors allow to measure the flight time of relativistic particles with extreme precision. These detectors can register over 50 million particles per second-more than a factor of ten than the conventional plastic scintillation detectors currently used. Diamond detectors are very radiation resistant and last much longer in a high radiation environment than most other detectors.

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