Patent Number: 6,310,352

Title: Radiation detection device

Abstract: The invention relates to a device for detecting input radiation such as X-rays, .gamma.-rays, ionizing radiation or fluorescent and low-level light. The device has at least one detection element comprising a sensor component (scintillator) for converting the input radiation into photons (scintillation light) in the UV, visible or IR part of the electromagnetic spectrum and an optical amplifier component which receives the light converted by the sensor component, forwards it for further processing and amplifies it at the same time. According to the invention, the amplifier component comprises at least one optical waveguide (1, 2, 2a, 2b, 20) whose material is optically pumped to amplify the scintillation light (3, 24, 25).

Inventors: Gross; Karlheinz (Dossenheim, DE), Maier-Borst; Wolfgang (Dossenheim, DE), Klaus; Michael (Berlin, DE), Schrenk; Hans-Hermann (Zeiskam, DE), Stehle; Gerd (Heidelberg, DE), Sinn; Hannsjorg (Wiesloch, DE)

Assignee: Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum Stiftung Des Offentlichen Rechts

International Classification: G01J 1/00 (20060101); G01J 1/48 (20060101); G01T 1/00 (20060101); G01T 1/20 (20060101); G01R 33/28 (20060101); G01J 001/58 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018