Progress in the development of a S-RETGEM-based detector for an early forest fire warning system

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Charpak G., Benaben P., Breuil P., Martinengo P., Nappi E., Peskov V.

JOURNAL OF INSTRUMENTATION, vol.4, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1748-0221/4/12/p12007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Gaseous detectors, Micropattern gaseous detectors (MSGC, GEM, THGEM, RETHGEM, MICROMEGAS, InGrid, etc), Photon detectors for UV, visible and IR photons (gas) (gas-photocathodes, solid-photocathodes), PHOTOSENSITIVE GASEOUS DETECTORS, RESISTIVE ELECTRODES, GAS
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: No


We present a prototype of a Strip Resistive Thick GEM (S-RETGEM) photosensitive gaseous detector filled with Ne and ethylferrocene (EF) vapours at a total pressure of 1 atm for an early forest fire detection system. Measurements show that it is one hundred times more sensitive than the best commercial ultraviolet (UV) flame detectors; and therefore, it is able to reliably detect a flame of similar to 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 m(3) at a distance of about 1 km. An additional and unique feature of this detector is its imaging capability, which in combination with other techniques, may significantly reduce false fire alarms rate when operating in an automatic mode.