Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A, 701 (2013) 145-152
The response of silicon–silicon–CsI(Tl) telescopes, developed within the FAZIA collaboration, to fragments produced in nuclear reactions 84 Kr+ 120-124 Sn at 35 A MeV, has been used to study ion identification
methods. Two techniques are considered for the identification of the nuclear products in the silicon stages.
The standard dE-E one requires signals induced in two detection layers by ions punching through the first one. Conversely, the digital Pulse Shape Analysis (PSA) allows the identification of ions stopped in the first
silicon layer. The capabilities of these two identification methods have been compared for different mountings of the silicons, i.e. rear (particles entering through the low electric field side) or front (particles entering through the high electric field side) side injection. The dE-E identification method gives exactly the same results in both configurations. At variance, the pulse shape discrimination is very sensitive to the detector mounting. In case of rear side injection, the identification with the ‘‘energy vs. charge rise time’’ PSA method presents energy thresholds which are significantly lower than in the case of front side injection.