The 11-12 cm anode-cathode separation is comparable to that used in other ionization chambers and therefore, long amplifier time constants should not be a problem. The anode and cathode planes are constructed of circuit board which allows them to be made cheaply and easily modified. The anode is shielded by a Frisch grid and a position sensitive wire grid. This grid can be used to reject events scattered at large angles in the PSAC or to provide some position information in cases when the PSAC is not present.
The chamber windows are of commercial mylar of 0.9 micron (0.125 mg/cm2) thickness. The windows are supported by gold plated tungsten wires of 50-micron thickness. These wires will be connected through resistor chains in order to provide smooth electric field gradients. This technique has been done with much success at Daresbury. The anticipated maximum gas load is 40 torr. Despite the large windows, the vacuum remains below 10**-6 Torr in the focal plane region. Adequate pumping is provided by two turbomolecular vacuum pumps and one cryopump. Although many gases may be used, isobutane is most common. The gas is circulated through the chamber by our gas handling system. The chamber housing will be mounted on a sled which can slide back away from the flange containing the entrance window. This would allow easy handling if the window ruptures or if the chamber and components must be inspected or replaced.
This device was built by the University of Surrey and Daresbury Laboratory in England with additional financial help from Vanderbilt University.
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