Pixel Detectors: From Fundamentals to Applications by L Rossi, P Fischer, T Rohe and N Wormes, Springer. Hardcover. ISBN 9783540283324 £77 (€105.45, $129).

Pixel Detectors explores the details of pixel detectors for high-energy physics, continuing where its sister volume Semiconductor Radiation Detectors by Gerhard Lutz left off. Here we find the usual explanation of charge generation in semiconductor detectors, but also an excellent description of subsequent motion, the role of the weighting field and the resultant charge sharing in pixel devices.

Beyond the theoretical explanations, which also extend to the origins of noise in readout electronics, the book leans heavily on practical applications in the ongoing projects for the LHC at CERN. There are many explanations of the effects of radiation damage throughout. In addition, the roles of system design and connection technologies get their own chapter, based on first-hand experience. The numerous graphs and diagrams perhaps betray this authenticity in their varied style and quality, but they always complement the textual explanations.

Pixel Detectors: From Fundamentals to Applications

The book should be considered in the context of the Particle Acceleration and Detection series that it belongs to – as a consequence, the section on imaging for possible medical applications is brief and there is little mention of astrophysical applications. The final chapter covers new developments, possibly applicable to future experiments, including the use of novel materials such as diamond; new geometries including three-dimensional detectors; and electronic structures, such as the monolithic sensors.

On the whole, I found everything that I was looking for in this reference. It will become a "must have" textbook as it describes the fundamental sensor technologies used in pixel detectors for modern high-energy physics, as well as the reasons behind the choices in electronics and overall system design in experiments under construction.

Shaun Roe, CERN.