FAST-SDD (Silicon Drift Detector)

FAST-SDD (Silicon Drift Detector)

The FAST SDD® represents Amptek’s highest performance silicon drift detector (SDD), capable of count rates over 1,000,000 CPS (counts per second) while maintaining excellent resolution. The FAST SDD® is also available with our Patented C-Series (Si3N4) low energy windows for soft x-ray analysis.

Unlike our conventional SDDs which use a junction gate field-effect transistor (JFET) inside the hermetically sealed TO-8 package, along with an external preamplifier, the FAST SDD uses a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) preamplifier inside the TO-8 package, and replaces the JFET with a metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET).  This significantly reduces capacitance, providing much lower series noise and yielding improved resolution at very short peaking times.  The FAST SDD® uses the same detector but with a preamplifier giving lower noise at short peaking times. Improved (lower) resolution enables isolation/separation of fluorescent X-rays with close energy values where peaks would otherwise overlap, permitting users better identification all of the elements in their sample(s).  Short peaking times also yield significant improvements in count rates; more counts provide better statistics.