A new technique for neutralizing the polarization effect of diamond detectors has been demonstrated. The technique, which relies on the diamond detector to be configured as a diode, is to periodically pulse the diamond diode with forward bias. A 210 Po alpha source was used to induce the polarization effect for a thin PIN diamond radiation detector. Results show that for a single forward bias pulse, a forward current of about 60 nA applied for 1 s removes the polarization buildup. The benefits of using this technique add significant value to the diamond diode configuration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-165
Number of pages4
JournalDiamond and Related Materials
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019



  • Diamond diode detector
  • Polarization
  • Stability
  • Traps
  • Wide bandgap

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Holmes, J. M., Dutta, M., Koeck, F. A., Benipal, M. K., Hathwar, R., Brown, J., Fox, B., Johnson, H., Zaniewski, A., Alarcon, R., Chowdhury, S., Goodnick, S., & Nemanich, R. (2019). Neutralizing the polarization effect of diamond diode detectors using periodic forward bias pulses. Diamond and Related Materials, 94, 162-165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.diamond.2019.01.025