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Abstract

A drift chamber type radiation detector is being used to examine design criteria for a new type of detector called a micro Time Projection Chamber (micro TPC) which is being proposed for use in high energy nuclear physics experiments. The main advantage of the micro TPC detector is its very low radiation thickness compared to its silicon counterpart. The micro TPC is a charged-particle detector which willbe optimized for good two track resolution which is needed inahigh track density environment. Such performance requires low electron diffusion and high resolution readout. The diffusion willbe reduced bylimiting the drift distance to 15 cm and by using a low diffusion gas such as dimethyl ether. High resolution willbe obtained by using a new readout technology called microstrips. Microstrips are a recent development using photolithography techniques that allow the creation of anodes a few microns in width with submicron precision. The main purpose of this test chamber is to demonstrate the feasibility of a micro TPC design using a low diffusion gas and to insure the sufficient signal remains after electron attenuation. The driftchamber design and the proposed testingprocedures are described.

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