Full characterization of the latest Hamamatsu VSiPMT prototype.
Barbarino G., Barbato F.C.T., Mollo C.M., Nocerino E., Vivolo D.
The VSiPMT (Vacuum Silicon PhotoMultiplier Tube) is an original design for an innovative light detector we proposed with the aim to create new scientific instrumentation for future missions of exploration and observation of the universe. The idea behind this device is to replace the classical dynode chain of a photomultiplier tube with a silicon photomultiplier, the latter acting as an electron detector and amplifier. The VSiPMT offers very attractive features and unprecedented performance, definitely superior to every other photodetector with comparable sensitive surface and gain, such as: negligible power cosumption, excellent SPE resolution, easy low-voltage-based stabilization and very good time performance. After the feasibility test of the idea, Hamamatsu Photonics realized for our research group two VSiPMT industrial prototypes, that have been fully characterized. The aim of this work is to present the results of the full characterization of the 1-inch industrial prototype.