3.6 PHOTOCOUNTING WITH RANDOM PHOTOMUL TIPLICATION

When a photomultiplier is used to enhance the electron flow, the randomness of the photomultiplication mechanism will influence the statistics of the output count. If we let k1 be the electron count over a volume based on primary electron flow (as computed in Section 3.1) then the output count k2 (number of total output electrons that flow after photomultiplication) will have a probability

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Here P(k1) is the primary count probability, and P(k2|k1) is the conditional output count probability conditioned on a k1 primary count. This conditional count depends on the type of photomultiplier used and the mechanism that generates the secondary emissions.

With a PMT having mean gain images, the conditional probability is generally modeled as

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where C is a normalizing factor. Equation (3.6.2) is a Gaussian-shaped count envelope (recall k2 only takes on integer values) centered at images, with a deviation spread of images, with ξ the PMT spreading factor. The resulting ...

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