Dr. Adrian Losko [LinkedIn] will share that recently developed event-driven detectors are capable of observing and time-stamping spots of light induced by particle interactions on scintillator materials. Reconstructing the Centre-of-Mass of the light emitted can provide a precise location of the interaction. This principle provides a pathway to overcome the blurring introduced by integration of the light emission that often limits the highest possible spatial resolution for imaging techniques using scintillators with standard shutter-based camera systems. Implementing the event-based image reconstruction, we present a new detector concept based on the TPX3CAM, a camera system capable of time-of-flight imaging of light emission with a flexible field-of-view, ad-hoc binning and re-binning of data based on the requirements of the experiment including the possibility of particle discrimination via the analysis of the event shape in space and time. Our most recent results using this system applied to thermal neutron imaging yield an increase by a factor 3 in spatial resolution and an increase by up to a factor of 7.5 in signal-to-noise compared to an integrated response of the light emission from scintillators. The potential applications of this concept are discussed, providing an outlook for the path forward in this development.
- Event-mode imaging instead of frame-based imaging
- Achieving excellent spatial resolutions via CoM
- Particle discrimination via event shape analysis
- Promising future applications