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  1. Scintillation counter with MRS APD light readout

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    Akindinov, A; Golovin, V; Grigoriev, E; Grishuk, Yu G; Malkevich, D; Martemiyanov, A; Ryabinin, M; Smirnitsky, A V; Voloshin, K; Grishuk, Yu.

    2005-01-01

    START, a high-efficiency and low-noise scintillation detector for ionizing particles, was developed for the purpose of creating a high-granular system for triggering cosmic muons. Scintillation light in START is detected by MRS APDs (Avalanche Photo-Diodes with Metal-Resistance-Semiconductor structure), operated in the Geiger mode, which have 1 mm^2 sensitive areas. START is assembled from a 15 x 15 x 1 cm^3 scintillating plastic plate, two MRS APDs and two pieces of wavelength-shifting optical fiber stacked in circular coils inside the plastic. The front-end electronic card is mounted directly on the detector. Tests with START have confirmed its operational consistency, over 99% efficiency of MIP registration and good homogeneity. START demonstrates a low intrinsic noise of about 10^{-2} Hz. If these detectors are to be mass-produced, the cost of a mosaic array of STARTs is estimated at a moderate level of 2-3 kUSD/m^2.

  2. A time driven readout scheme for PET and CT using APDs and SiPMs

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    Powolny, F; Brunner, S; Condorelli, G; Despeisse, M; Fallica, G; Hillemanns, H; Jarron, P; Kluge, A; Lecoq, P; Mazzillo, M; Meyer, T C; Morel, M; Sanfillipo, D; Valvo, G

    2010-01-01

    In this paper we present the time-driven readout scheme for photodetectors in the domain of PET/CT applications. In our first test period as partner of the BioCare Consortium supported by the European Commission's FP6 framework program, we put emphasis on a scheme to be used with a LSO-APD detector suitable for both CT and PET, using exclusively electronics circuits developed for the LHC program at CERN. Compared to standard PMT-based systems, the proposed time-based readout method together with CERN ASICs produced comparable performance in terms of energy resolution, i.e. 15% FWHM, but had a markedly inferior timing response of 1.6 ns FWHM in a dual APD system. This is not attributed to the readout scheme itself but to crystal-inherent photon statistics and insufficient photodetector gain of the APDs. However, in our new follow-up test program employing the same electronics and readout scheme, silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) replacing the previously used APDs showed excellent timing behavior of 420 and 235 ...

  3. A noble gas detector with electroluminescence readout based on an array of APDs

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    We present the results of the operation of an array of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for the readout of an electroluminescence detector. The detector contains 24 APDs with a pitch of 15 mm between them allowing energy and position measurements simultaneously. Measurements were performed in xenon (3.8 bar) and argon (4.8 bar) showing a good energy resolution of 5.3% FWHM at 60 keV in xenon and 9.4% in argon respectively. Following Monte Carlo studies the performance could be improved significantly by reducing the pitch between the sensors

  4. An APD linear array for scintillating fiber tracker read-out

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    We report the feasibility study to apply avalanche photodiodes (APD) to the read-out of a scintillating fiber tracker. The merits of using an APD to this purpose are its high tolerance to the magnetic field, high quantum efficiency and the possibility to operate it at room temperature. We have produced several batches of avalanche photo-diode linear arrays which have different layer and pixel configurations and have measured their basic characteristics (e.g. bias voltage dependence of the gain, of the leak current and the uniformity). We also performed a realistic test using a multi-layer scintillating fiber tracker (SFT). Clear MIP signals from a ∼80 cm long 7-layered SFT were detected at 5 C using the newest APD array. (orig.)

  5. A high granularity plastic scintillator tile hadronic calorimeter with APD readout for a linear collider detector

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    Andreev, V.; Cvach, Jaroslav; Danilov, M.; Devitsin, E.; Dodonov, V.; Eigen, G.; Garutti, E.; Gilitzky, Yu.; Groll, M.; Heuer, R.D.; Janata, Milan; Kacl, Ivan; Korbel, V.; Kozlov, V. Yu; Meyer, H.; Morgunov, V.; Němeček, Stanislav; Pöschl, R.; Polák, Ivo; Raspereza, A.; Reiche, S.; Rusinov, V.; Sefkow, F.; Smirnov, P.; Terkulov, A.; Valkár, Š.; Weichert, Jan; Zálešák, Jaroslav

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 564, - (2006), s. 144-154. ISSN 0168-9002 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC527; GA MŠk(CZ) 1P05LA259; GA ČR(CZ) GA202/05/0653 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100502 Keywords : hadronic calorimeter * plastic scintillator tile * APD readout * linear collider detector Subject RIV: BF - Elementary Particles and High Energy Physics Impact factor: 1.185, year: 2006

  6. Design and implementation of Gm-APD array readout integrated circuit for infrared 3D imaging

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    Zheng, Li-xia; Yang, Jun-hao; Liu, Zhao; Dong, Huai-peng; Wu, Jin; Sun, Wei-feng

    2013-09-01

    A single-photon detecting array of readout integrated circuit (ROIC) capable of infrared 3D imaging by photon detection and time-of-flight measurement is presented in this paper. The InGaAs avalanche photon diodes (APD) dynamic biased under Geiger operation mode by gate controlled active quenching circuit (AQC) are used here. The time-of-flight is accurately measured by a high accurate time-to-digital converter (TDC) integrated in the ROIC. For 3D imaging, frame rate controlling technique is utilized to the pixel's detection, so that the APD related to each pixel should be controlled by individual AQC to sense and quench the avalanche current, providing a digital CMOS-compatible voltage pulse. After each first sense, the detector is reset to wait for next frame operation. We employ counters of a two-segmental coarse-fine architecture, where the coarse conversion is achieved by a 10-bit pseudo-random linear feedback shift register (LFSR) in each pixel and a 3-bit fine conversion is realized by a ring delay line shared by all pixels. The reference clock driving the LFSR counter can be generated within the ring delay line Oscillator or provided by an external clock source. The circuit is designed and implemented by CSMC 0.5μm standard CMOS technology and the total chip area is around 2mm×2mm for 8×8 format ROIC with 150μm pixel pitch. The simulation results indicate that the relative time resolution of the proposed ROIC can achieve less than 1ns, and the preliminary test results show that the circuit function is correct.

  7. Detection of Cherenkov light from air showers with Geiger-APDs

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    Otte, A N; Biland, A; Göbel, F; Lorenz, E; Pauss, F; Renker, D; Röser, U; Schweizer, T

    2007-01-01

    We have detected Cherenkov light from air showers with Geiger-mode APDs (G-APDs). G-APDs are novel semiconductor photon-detectors, which offer several advantages compared to conventional photomultiplier tubes in the field of ground-based gamma-ray astronomy. In a field test with the MAGIC telescope we have tested the efficiency of a G-APD / light catcher setup to detect Cherenkov light from air showers. We estimate a detection efficiency, which is 60% higher than the efficiency of a MAGIC camera pixel. Ambient temperature dark count rates of the tested G-APDs are below the rates of the night sky light background. According to these recent tests G-APDs promise a major progress in ground-based gamma-ray astronomy.

  8. A Novel Time-Based Readout Scheme for a Combined PET-CT Detector Using APDs

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    Powolny, F; Hillemanns, H; Jarron, P; Lecoq, P; Meyer, T C; Moraes, D

    2008-01-01

    This paper summarizes CERN R&D work done in the framework of the European Commission's FP6 BioCare Project. The objective was to develop a novel "time-based" signal processing technique to read out LSO-APD photodetectors for medical imaging. An important aspect was to employ the technique in a combined scenario for both computer tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) with effectively no tradeoffs in efficiency and resolution compared to traditional single mode machines. This made the use of low noise and yet very high-speed monolithic front-end electronics essential so as to assure the required timing characteristics together with a high signal-to-noise ratio. Using APDs for photon detection, two chips, traditionally employed for particle physics, could be identified to meet the above criteria. Although both were not optimized for their intended new medical application, excellent performance in conjunction with LSO-APD sensors could be derived. Whereas a measured energy resolution of 16% (...

  9. 9.4–14.1 T small-animal PET-MR imaging: Feasibility analysis of LYSO APD readout via long signal lines

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    Neves, J.A., E-mail: janeves@lip.pt [LIP - Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics, Lisbon (Portugal); IST-UTL - Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal); Laboratory of Functional and Metabolic Imaging, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland); Bugalho, R. [LIP - Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics, Lisbon (Portugal); IST-UTL - Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal); Gruetter, R. [Laboratory of Functional and Metabolic Imaging, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland); Department of Radiology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland); Department of Radiology, University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland); Magill, A.W. [Laboratory of Functional and Metabolic Imaging, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland); Department of Radiology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne (Switzerland); Ortigão, C.; Silva, J.C.; Silva, R. [LIP - Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics, Lisbon (Portugal); Varela, J. [LIP - Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics, Lisbon (Portugal); IST-UTL - Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal); CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva (Switzerland)

    2013-02-21

    In the present work we intend to assess the readout feasibility of Avalanche Photodiode (APD) detectors via long signal lines for the development of a combined small-animal PET-MR prototype based on the ClearPEM technology. The detection performance of a LYSO-APD module was evaluated reading out the APD charge signals to the front-end ASIC via an 80 mm length flexible flat-cable (FFC). Experimental results showed a time resolution of 5.06 ns for the detector module in double-readout mode, with a nonsignificant degradation of 8.4% with the introduction of the FFC. The energy resolution of the system was not degradated by the FFC.

  10. Novel Single Photon Counting Readout Circuits and APD Arrays with Capability from UV to IR Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The overall goal of the proposed Phase I SBIR project is to develop and demonstrate 256x256 segmented readout integrated circuits (ROICs) that can read, digitize...

  11. AX-PET: A novel PET concept with G-APD readout

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    Heller, M; Casella, C; Chesi, E; De Leo, R; Dissertori, G; Fanti, V; Gillam, J E; Joram, C; Lustermann, W; Nappi, E; Oliver, J F; Pauss, F; Rafecas, M; Rudge, A; Ruotsalainen, U; Schinzel, D; Schneider, T; Seguinot, J; Solevi, P; Stapnes, S; Tuna, U; Weilhammer, P

    2012-01-01

    The AX-PET collaboration has developed a novel concept for high resolution PET imaging to overcome some of the performance limitations of classical PET cameras, in particular the compromise between spatial resolution and sensitivity introduced by the parallax error. The detector consists of an arrangement of long LYSO scintillating crystals axially oriented around the field of view together with arrays of wave length shifter strips orthogonal to the crystals. This matrix allows a precise 3D measurement of the photon interaction point. This is valid both for photoelectric absorption at 511 key and for Compton scattering down to deposited energies of about 100 keV. Crystals and WLS strips are individually read out using Geiger-mode Avalanche Photo Diodes (G-APDs). The sensitivity of such a detector can be adjusted by changing the number of layers and the resolution is defined by the crystal and strip dimensions. Two AX-PET modules were built and fully characterized in dedicated test set-ups at CERN, with point-...

  12. AX-PET: A novel PET concept with G-APD readout

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    Bolle, E.; Casella, C.; Chesi, E.; De Leo, R.; Dissertori, G.; Fanti, V.; Gillam, J. E.; Heller, M.; Joram, C.; Lustermann, W.; Nappi, E.; Oliver, J. F.; Pauss, F.; Rafecas, M.; Rudge, A.; Ruotsalainen, U.; Schinzel, D.; Schneider, T.; Séguinot, J.; Solevi, P.; Stapnes, S.; Tuna, U.; Weilhammer, P.

    2012-12-01

    The AX-PET collaboration has developed a novel concept for high resolution PET imaging to overcome some of the performance limitations of classical PET cameras, in particular the compromise between spatial resolution and sensitivity introduced by the parallax error. The detector consists of an arrangement of long LYSO scintillating crystals axially oriented around the field of view together with arrays of wave length shifter strips orthogonal to the crystals. This matrix allows a precise 3D measurement of the photon interaction point. This is valid both for photoelectric absorption at 511 keV and for Compton scattering down to deposited energies of about 100 keV. Crystals and WLS strips are individually read out using Geiger-mode Avalanche Photo Diodes (G-APDs). The sensitivity of such a detector can be adjusted by changing the number of layers and the resolution is defined by the crystal and strip dimensions. Two AX-PET modules were built and fully characterized in dedicated test set-ups at CERN, with point-like 22Na sources. Their performance in terms of energy (Renergy≈11.8% (FWMH) at 511 keV) and spatial resolution was assessed (σaxial≈0.65 mm), both individually and for the two modules in coincidence. Test campaigns at ETH Zurich and at the company AAA allowed the tomographic reconstructions of more complex phantoms validating the 3D reconstruction algorithms. The concept of the AX-PET modules will be presented together with some characterization results. We describe a count rate model which allows to optimize the planing of the tomographic scans.

  13. A positron emission tomograph based on LSO-APD modules with a sampling ADC read-out system for a students' advanced laboratory course

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    A one-day laboratory course on positron emission tomography (PET) for the education of physics students and PhD students in medical physics has been set up. In the course, the physical background and the principles of a PET scanner are introduced. Course attendees set the system in operation, calibrate it using a 22Na point source and reconstruct different source geometries filled with 18F. The PET scanner features an individual channel read-out of 96 lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) scintillator crystals coupled to avalanche photodiodes (APD). The analog data of each APD are digitized by fast sampling analog to digital converters (SADC) and processed within field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) to extract amplitudes and time stamps. All SADCs are continuously sampling with a precise rate of 80 MHz, which is synchronous for the whole system. The data is transmitted via USB to a Linux PC, where further processing and the image reconstruction are performed. The course attendees get an insight into detector techniques, modern read-out electronics, data acquisition and PET image reconstruction. In addition, a short introduction to some common software applications used in particle and high energy physics is part of the course. (orig.)

  14. A positron emission tomograph based on LSO-APD modules with a sampling ADC read-out system for a students' advanced laboratory course

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    Schneider, Florian R.; Mann, Alexander B. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Physik-Department E18; Technische Univ. Muenchen, Klinikum rechts der Isar (Germany). Nuklearmedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik; Konorov, Igor; Paul, Stephan [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Physik-Department E18; Delso, Gaspar; Ziegler, Sibylle I. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Klinikum rechts der Isar (Germany). Nuklearmedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik

    2012-07-01

    A one-day laboratory course on positron emission tomography (PET) for the education of physics students and PhD students in medical physics has been set up. In the course, the physical background and the principles of a PET scanner are introduced. Course attendees set the system in operation, calibrate it using a {sup 22}Na point source and reconstruct different source geometries filled with {sup 18}F. The PET scanner features an individual channel read-out of 96 lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) scintillator crystals coupled to avalanche photodiodes (APD). The analog data of each APD are digitized by fast sampling analog to digital converters (SADC) and processed within field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) to extract amplitudes and time stamps. All SADCs are continuously sampling with a precise rate of 80 MHz, which is synchronous for the whole system. The data is transmitted via USB to a Linux PC, where further processing and the image reconstruction are performed. The course attendees get an insight into detector techniques, modern read-out electronics, data acquisition and PET image reconstruction. In addition, a short introduction to some common software applications used in particle and high energy physics is part of the course. (orig.)

  15. Energy resolution of small scintillation detectors with SiPM light readout

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    Grodzicka, M.; Moszyński, M.; Szczęśniak, T.; Kapusta, M.; Szawłowski, M.; Wolski, D.

    2013-02-01

    The development of silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) with a large number of APD cells and improved linearity of the pulse height response prompted interest in their application to gamma spectrometry with scintillators. Hamamatsu MPPC sensors equipped with 3600 and 14400 APD cells were chosen in our study because of their well pronounced single photoelectron spectra, which allowed us to precisely measure the photoelectron numbers (PHE) or fired APD cells and then to discuss, in a quantitative manner, the obtainable energy resolution. The studied detectors were first characterized in direct detection of laser light pulses and then in gamma spectroscopy with LFS and CsI:Tl crystals. In the study with the laser light pulses the linearity of the MPPC response versus a light pulse intensity monitored with PMT was measured. Two different methods were used for an evaluation of the MPPC response expressed in the number of photoelectrons (PHE) generated by light illumination. The direct method (PHEdir), based on the comparison of the light peak position to that of the single photoelectron peak, determined the upper limit of the PHE. The lower limit of the PHE was derived from an analysis of the measured pulse height resolution under the assumption of Poisson statistics and MPPC excess noise factor (ENF) of 1. Furthermore, the ENF of the MPPC is discussed with respect to the contributions of device dead time, optical cross-talk and after-pulses to the results obtained. In the scintillation tests, measurements of energy resolution and non-proportionality of the light yield were performed with LFS and CsI:Tl crystals, and both types of 3 × 3 mm MPPC detectors were used for light readout. The results are discussed in a quantitative manner based on the measured PHE.

  16. Characterization of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for the electromagnetic calorimeter in the ALICE experiment

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    The Electromagnetic Calorimeter (EMCal) of the ALICE experiment at LHC will extensively make use of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for the readout of scintillation light. The large sensitive area, high quantum efficiency and low dark current make this type of photosensors well-suited for the EMCal requirements. A testing activity is currently in progress in order to characterize the main properties of these APDs and find the best working conditions. Fundamental tasks are the individual test of all APDs after presetting their nominal gain via the bias control and the study of APD gain coefficients as a function of the applied bias voltage and temperature. An overview of the adopted procedure will be presented, together with a description of preliminary results obtained on a first sample of APDs during the testing activity.

  17. A compact light readout system for longitudinally segmented shashlik calorimeters

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    Berra, A; Cecchini, S; Cindolo, F; Jollet, C; Longhin, A; Ludovici, L; Mandrioli, G; Mauri, N; Meregaglia, A; Paoloni, A; Pasqualini, L; Patrizii, L; Pozzato, M; Pupilli, F; Prest, M; Sirri, G; Terranova, F; Vallazza, E; Votano, L

    2016-01-01

    The longitudinal segmentation of shashlik calorimeters is challenged by dead zones and non-uniformities introduced by the light collection and readout system. This limitation can be overcome by direct fiber-photosensor coupling, avoiding routing and bundling of the wavelength shifter fibers and embedding ultra-compact photosensors (SiPMs) in the bulk of the calorimeter. We present the first experimental test of this readout scheme performed at the CERN PS-T9 beamline in 2015 with negative particles in the 1-5~GeV energy range. In this paper, we demonstrate that the scheme does not compromise the energy resolution and linearity compared with standard light collection and readout systems. In addition, we study the performance of the calorimeter for partially contained charged hadrons to assess the $e/\\pi$ separation capability and the response of the photosensors to direct ionization.

  18. A compact light readout system for longitudinally segmented shashlik calorimeters

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    Berra, A.; Brizzolari, C.; Cecchini, S.; Cindolo, F.; Jollet, C.; Longhin, A.; Ludovici, L.; Mandrioli, G.; Mauri, N.; Meregaglia, A.; Paoloni, A.; Pasqualini, L.; Patrizii, L.; Pozzato, M.; Pupilli, F.; Prest, M.; Sirri, G.; Terranova, F.; Vallazza, E.; Votano, L.

    2016-09-01

    The longitudinal segmentation of shashlik calorimeters is challenged by dead zones and non-uniformities introduced by the light collection and readout system. This limitation can be overcome by direct fiber-photosensor coupling, avoiding routing and bundling of the wavelength shifter fibers and embedding ultra-compact photosensors (SiPMs) in the bulk of the calorimeter. We present the first experimental test of this readout scheme performed at the CERN PS-T9 beamline in 2015 with negative particles in the 1-5 GeV energy range. In this paper, we demonstrate that the scheme does not compromise the energy resolution and linearity compared with standard light collection and readout systems. In addition, we study the performance of the calorimeter for partially contained charged hadrons to assess the e / π separation capability and the response of the photosensors to direct ionization.

  19. Effects of read-out light sources and ambient light on radiochromic film

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    Both read-out light sources and ambient light sources can produce a marked effect on coloration of radiochromic film. Fluorescent, helium neon laser, light emitting diode (LED) and incandescent read-out light sources produce an equivalent dose coloration of 660 cGy h-1, 4.3 cGy h-1, 1.7 cGy h-1 and 2.6 cGy h-1 respectively. Direct sunlight, fluorescent light and incandescent ambient light produce an equivalent dose coloration of 30 cGy h-1, 18 cGy h-1 and 0 cGy h-1 respectively. Continuously on, fluorescent light sources should not be used for film optical density evaluation and minimal exposure to any light source will increase the accuracy of results. (author)

  20. Light Readout Optimisation using Wavelength Shifter - Reflector Combinations

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    Mavrokoridis, Konstantinos

    2011-07-01

    The use of reflectors coated with a wavelength shifter (WLS) along with standard bialkali PMTs is an economical method for an efficient readout system for vacuum ultra violet (VUV) light produced in large liquid argon detectors. Various thicknesses of tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB) were deposited by spraying and vacuum evaporation onto both specular 3MTM-foil and diffuse TetratexTM (TTX) reflectors. 128 nm VUV light generated in 1 bar argon gas by a 5.4 MeV α source was detected by a 3-inch bialkali borosilicate PMT within a 1 m tube lined internally with a TPB coated reflector. The light collection was recorded as a function of separation between source and PMT for each combination of coating and reflector for distances up to 1m. Reflection coefficients of TPB coated reflectors were measured using a spectroradiometer. WLS coating on the PMT window was also studied. The optimum coating and reflector combination was TPB evaporated on TTX. Measurements with coating thicknesses of 0.2 mg/cm2 and 1.0 mg/cm2 yielded a similar performance. The best PMT window coating is obtained by TPB evaporation of 0.05 mg/cm2.

  1. GM-APD阵列型红外传感读出电路设计与实现%Design and implementation of GM-APD array readout circuit for infrared imaging

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    吴金; 袁德军; 王灿; 陈浩; 郑丽霞; 孙伟锋

    2016-01-01

    基于盖革模式(GM)雪崩光电二极管(GM-APD)探测阵列,设计了一种可用于红外3D成像的高性能红外传感读出电路(ROIC).该电路系统主要由主动淬火电路(AQC)、时间数字转换电路(TDC)和其他时序控制电路3个模块组成.AQC与TDC共同构成像素电路,在其余模块的配合下,由AQC电路检测GM-APD传感器产生的电流信号,TDC电路进行光子飞行时间( TOF)的计量,并转换为数字信号输出,从而实现更好的噪声抑制,更高的探测灵敏度.该电路采用CSMC 0.5μm标准CMOS工艺流片,阵列规模为8×8,像元中心距离100μm,芯片测试结果表明,电路功能良好,在250 MHz时钟驱动下,芯片可达到1 ns的时间分辨率,该电路可用于面阵结构红外探测系统或焦平面阵列.%Based on an avalanche photodiode APD detecting array working in Geiger mode GM-APD performance infrared sensor readout integrated circuit ROIC used for infrared 3D three-dimensional imaging is proposed. The system mainly consists of three functional modules including active quenching circuit AQC time-to-digital converter TDC circuit and other timing controller circuit. Each AQC and TDC circuit together constitutes the pixel circuit.Under the cooperation with other modules the current signal generated by the GM-APD sensor is detected by the AQC and the photon time-of-flight TOF is measured and converted to a digital signal output to achieve a better noise suppression and a higher detection sensitivity by the TDC.The ROIC circuit is fabricated by the CSMC 0.5 μm standard CMOS technology.The array size is 8 ×8 and the center distance of two adjacent cells is 100 μm.The measurement results of the chip show that the performance of the circuit is good and the chip can achieve 1 ns time resolution with a 250 MHz reference clock and the circuit can be used in the array structure of the infrared detection system or focal plane

  2. Design and implementation of GM-APD array readout circuit for infrared imaging%GM-APD阵列型红外传感读出电路设计与实现

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    吴金; 袁德军; 王灿; 陈浩; 郑丽霞; 孙伟锋

    2016-01-01

    基于盖革模式(GM)雪崩光电二极管(GM-APD)探测阵列,设计了一种可用于红外3D成像的高性能红外传感读出电路(ROIC).该电路系统主要由主动淬火电路(AQC)、时间数字转换电路(TDC)和其他时序控制电路3个模块组成.AQC与TDC共同构成像素电路,在其余模块的配合下,由AQC电路检测GM-APD传感器产生的电流信号,TDC电路进行光子飞行时间( TOF)的计量,并转换为数字信号输出,从而实现更好的噪声抑制,更高的探测灵敏度.该电路采用CSMC 0.5μm标准CMOS工艺流片,阵列规模为8×8,像元中心距离100μm,芯片测试结果表明,电路功能良好,在250 MHz时钟驱动下,芯片可达到1 ns的时间分辨率,该电路可用于面阵结构红外探测系统或焦平面阵列.%Based on an avalanche photodiode APD detecting array working in Geiger mode GM-APD performance infrared sensor readout integrated circuit ROIC used for infrared 3D three-dimensional imaging is proposed. The system mainly consists of three functional modules including active quenching circuit AQC time-to-digital converter TDC circuit and other timing controller circuit. Each AQC and TDC circuit together constitutes the pixel circuit.Under the cooperation with other modules the current signal generated by the GM-APD sensor is detected by the AQC and the photon time-of-flight TOF is measured and converted to a digital signal output to achieve a better noise suppression and a higher detection sensitivity by the TDC.The ROIC circuit is fabricated by the CSMC 0.5 μm standard CMOS technology.The array size is 8 ×8 and the center distance of two adjacent cells is 100 μm.The measurement results of the chip show that the performance of the circuit is good and the chip can achieve 1 ns time resolution with a 250 MHz reference clock and the circuit can be used in the array structure of the infrared detection system or focal plane

  3. Optimal design of APD biasing circuit

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    SUN Chun-sheng; QIN Shi-qiao; WANG Xing-shu; ZHU Dong-hua

    2007-01-01

    This paper proposes a control method for avalanche photodiode (APD) reverse bias with temperature compensation and load resistance compensation. The influence of background light and load resistance on APD detection circuit is analyzed in detail. A theoretical model of temperature compensation and load resistance compensation is established, which is used for APD biasing circuit designing. It is predicted that this control method is especially suitable for LD laser range finder used on vehicles. Experimental results confirm thatthe design proposed in this paper can considerablely improve the performance of range finder.

  4. ROIC for HgCdTe e-APD FPA

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    Chen, Guoqiang; Zhang, Junling; Wang, Pan; Zhou, Jie; Gao, Lei; Ding, Ruijun

    2013-08-01

    Ultra-low light imaging and passive/active dual mode imaging require very low noise optical receivers to achieve detection of fast and weak optical signal. HgCdTe electrons initiated avalanche photodiodes (e-APDs) in linear multiplication mode is the detector of choice thanks to its high quantum efficiency, high gain at low bias, high bandwidth and low noise factor. In my work, a passive/active dual mode readout integrated circuit (ROIC) of e-APD focal plane array (FPA) is designed. Unit cell circuit architecture of ROIC includes a capacitance feedback transimpedance amplifier (CTIA) as preamplifier of ROIC, a high voltage protection module, a comparator, a Sample-Hold circuit module, and output driver stage. There is a protection module in every unit cell circuit which can avoid ROIC to be damaged from avalanche breakdown of some diodes of detector. Conventional 5V CMOS process is applied to implement the high voltage protection with the small area rather than Laterally Diffused Metal Oxide Semiconductor (LDMOS) in high voltage BCD process in the limited 100um×100um pitch area. In CTIA module, three integration capacitances are included in the CTIA module, two of them are switchable to provide different well capacity and noise. Constraints such as pixel area, stability and power lead us design toward a simple one-stage cascade operational transconductance amplifier (OTA) as pre-amplifier. High voltage protection module can protect ROIC to be damaged because of breakdown of some avalanche diodes.

  5. Developing Scintillation Light Readout Simulation for the SBND experiment

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    Garcia-Gamez, D.

    2015-01-01

    Detection of scintillation light can play several important roles in LArTPCs. Increased collection efficiency could result in the improvement of time, energy, and position resolution. The SBND collaboration is developing detailed MC simulations to study the performance of different types of light systems in the LArSoft framework. Due to the vast number of photons typically produced in neutrino physics events, a full optical simulation becomes extremely hard to run on reasonable time scales. I...

  6. Developing Scintillation Light Readout Simulation for the SBND experiment

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    Garcia-Gamez, D

    2015-01-01

    Detection of scintillation light can play several important roles in LArTPCs. Increased collection efficiency could result in the improvement of time, energy, and position resolution. The SBND collaboration is developing detailed MC simulations to study the performance of different types of light systems in the LArSoft framework. Due to the vast number of photons typically produced in neutrino physics events, a full optical simulation becomes extremely hard to run on reasonable time scales. I will describe how the SBND simulation tackles these problems and its current status for two of the light detection systems considered by SBND: (i) a traditional TPB-coated PMT based system and (ii) a system based on TPB-coated reflector foils to increase collection efficiency without increasing the number of photodetectors.

  7. Developing scintillation light readout simulation for the SBND experiment

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    Garcia-Gamez, D.

    2016-01-01

    Detection of scintillation light can play several important roles in LArTPCs. Increased collection efficiency could result in the improvement of time, energy, and position resolution. The SBND collaboration is developing detailed MC simulations to study the performance of different types of light systems in the LArSoft framework. Due to the vast number of photons typically produced in neutrino physics events, a full optical simulation becomes extremely hard to run on reasonable time scales. I will describe how the SBND simulation tackles these problems and its current status for two of the light detection systems considered by SBND: (i) a traditional TPB-coated PMT based system and (ii) a system based on TPB-coated reflector foils to increase collection efficiency without increasing the number of photodetectors.

  8. Optical fiber read-out for liquid argon scintillation light

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    Csáthy, J Janicskó; Kratz, J; Schönert, S; Wiesinger, Ch

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we describe the performance of a light detector for Ar scintillation light made of wavelength-shifting (WLS) fibers connected to Silicon-Photomultipliers (SiPM). The setup was conceived to be used as anti-Compton veto for high purity germanium (HPGe) detectors operated directly in liquid Argon (LAr). Background suppression efficiencies for different radioactive sources were measured in a test cryostat with about 800 kg LAr. This work was part of the R\\&D effort for the GERDA experiment.

  9. Studies of avalanche photodiodes for scintillating fibre tracking readout

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    Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) operating in ''Geiger Mode'' have been studied in a fibre tracking readout environment. A fast recharge circuit has been developed for high rate data taking, and results obtained from a model fibre tracker in the test beam at Brookhaven National Laboratory are presented. A high rate calibrated light source has been developed using a commercially available laser diode and has been used to measure the efficiency of the devices. The transmission of the light from a 1mm fibre onto a 0.5mm diameter APD surface has been identified as the main problem in the use of these particular devices for scintillating fibre tracking in the Superconducting Supercollider environment. Solutions to this problem are proposed

  10. APDS: Autonomous Pathogen Detection System

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    Langlois, R G; Brown, S; Burris, L; Colston, B; Jones, L; Makarewicz, T; Mariella, R; Masquelier, D; McBride, M; Milanovich, F; Masarabadi, S; Venkateswaran, K; Marshall, G; Olson, D; Wolcott, D

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    An early warning system to counter bioterrorism, the Autonomous Pathogen Detection System (APDS) continuously monitors the environment for the presence of biological pathogens (e.g., anthrax) and once detected, it sounds an alarm much like a smoke detector warns of a fire. Long before September 11, 2001, this system was being developed to protect domestic venues and events including performing arts centers, mass transit systems, major sporting and entertainment events, and other high profile situations in which the public is at risk of becoming a target of bioterrorist attacks. Customizing off-the-shelf components and developing new components, a multidisciplinary team developed APDS, a stand-alone system for rapid, continuous monitoring of multiple airborne biological threat agents in the environment. The completely automated APDS samples the air, prepares fluid samples in-line, and performs two orthogonal tests: immunoassay and nucleic acid detection. When compared to competing technologies, APDS is unprecedented in terms of flexibility and system performance.

  11. Anode-coupled readout for light collection in Liquid Argon TPCs

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    Moss, Z.; Toups, M.; Bugel, L.; Collin, G. H.; Conrad, J. M.

    2016-03-01

    This paper will discuss a new method of signal read-out from photon detectors in ultra-large, underground liquid argon time projection chambers. In this design, the signal from the light collection system is coupled via capacitive plates to the TPC wire-planes. This signal is then read out using the same cabling and electronics as the charge information. This greatly benefits light collection: it eliminates the need for an independent readout, substantially reducing cost; it reduces the number of cables in the vapor region of the TPC that can produce impurities; and it cuts down on the number of feed-throughs in the cryostat wall that can cause heat-leaks and potential points of failure. We present experimental results that demonstrate the sensitivity of a LArTPC wire plane to photon detector signals. We also simulate the effect of a 1 μs shaping time and a 2 MHz sampling rate on these signals in the presence of noise, and find that a single photoelectron timing resolution of ~30 ns can be achieved.

  12. Anode-Coupled Readout for Light Collection in Liquid Argon TPCs

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    Moss, Z; Bugel, L; Collin, G H; Conrad, J M

    2015-01-01

    This paper will discuss a new method of signal read-out from photon detectors in ultra-large, underground liquid argon time projection chambers. In this design, the signal from the light collection system is coupled via capacitive plates to the TPC wire-planes. This signal is then read out using the same cabling and electronics as the charge information. This greatly benefits light collection: it eliminates the need for an independent readout, substantially reducing cost; It reduces the number of cables in the vapor region of the TPC that can produce impurities; And it cuts down on the number of feed-throughs in the cryostat wall that can cause heat-leaks and potential points of failure. We present experimental results that demonstrate the sensitivity of a LArTPC wire plane to photon detector signals. We also simulate the effect of a 1 $\\mu$s shaping time and a 2 MHz sampling rate on these signals in the presence of noise, and find that a single photoelectron timing resolution of $\\sim$30 ns can be achieved.

  13. Limits on the spatial resolution of monolithic scintillators read out by APD arrays.

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    van der Laan, D J Jan; Maas, Marnix C; Bruyndonckx, Peter; Schaart, Dennis R

    2012-10-21

    Cramér-Rao theory can be used to derive the lower bound on the spatial resolution achievable with position-sensitive scintillation detectors as a function of the detector geometry and the pertinent physical properties of the scintillator, the photosensor and the readout electronics. Knowledge of the Cramér-Rao lower bound (CRLB) can for example be used to optimize the detector design and to test the performance of the method used to derive position information from the detector signals. Here, this approach is demonstrated for monolithic scintillator detectors for positron emission tomography. Two detector geometries are investigated: a 20 × 10 × 10 mm(3) and a 20 × 10 × 20 mm(3) monolithic LYSO:Ce(3+) crystal read out by one or two Hamamatsu S8550SPL avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays, respectively. The results indicate that in these detectors the CRLB is primarily determined by the APD excess noise factor and the number of scintillation photons detected. Furthermore, it is shown that the use of a k-nearest neighbor (k-NN) algorithm for position estimation allows the experimentally obtained spatial resolution to closely approach the CRLB. The approach outlined in this work can in principle be applied to any scintillation detector in which position information is encoded in the distribution of the scintillation light over multiple photosensor elements. PMID:23001515

  14. Limits on the spatial resolution of monolithic scintillators read out by APD arrays

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    Cramér–Rao theory can be used to derive the lower bound on the spatial resolution achievable with position-sensitive scintillation detectors as a function of the detector geometry and the pertinent physical properties of the scintillator, the photosensor and the readout electronics. Knowledge of the Cramér–Rao lower bound (CRLB) can for example be used to optimize the detector design and to test the performance of the method used to derive position information from the detector signals. Here, this approach is demonstrated for monolithic scintillator detectors for positron emission tomography. Two detector geometries are investigated: a 20 × 10 × 10 mm3 and a 20 × 10 × 20 mm3 monolithic LYSO:Ce3+ crystal read out by one or two Hamamatsu S8550SPL avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays, respectively. The results indicate that in these detectors the CRLB is primarily determined by the APD excess noise factor and the number of scintillation photons detected. Furthermore, it is shown that the use of a k-nearest neighbor (k-NN) algorithm for position estimation allows the experimentally obtained spatial resolution to closely approach the CRLB. The approach outlined in this work can in principle be applied to any scintillation detector in which position information is encoded in the distribution of the scintillation light over multiple photosensor elements. (paper)

  15. Developments of large-area APD arrays for future applications to PET technology

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    Silicon avalanche photodiodes (APD) are solid-state devices which have internal gain. Since the good features of both photodiodes (PDs) and photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) are shared in a single device, APD offers new design for physics experiments and devices for nuclear medicine. In particular, thanks to its high quantum efficiency (QE) and low noise, reverse-type APDs generally show much better energy resolution than traditional PMTs when coupled to various scintillators. Most recently, we have developed various large area reverse-type APDs with Hamamatsu Photonics, up to 32 x 32 mm2 square area. Such large dimensions have been awaited by researchers world-wide, and further extend the potential of APDs for various application such as in space science and nuclear medicine. For example, the use of APDs in space experiments is now validated thanks to successful launch of the Cute 1.7+APD II, which has measured both electron/proton distributions in Low Earth Orbit at E >9 keV. Moreover, the mission successfully demonstrated an active gain control system to keep the APD gain stable under moderate temperature variations. In other aspects, an APD is a compact, high performance light sensor that could be used in the strong magnetic field MRIs. An ultimate spatial resolution as better as sub-mm will be possible by adopting small pixel, high density APD pixels. Future PET detectors with time-of-flight (TOF) capability may be expected thanks to very fast time response of the APD devices. As a first step, we have developed a versatile APD-based positron emission tomography (PET) modules for future applications in high resolution, fast medical imaging. We will also discuss future use of digital (Geiger-mode) APDs, such as multi-pixel photon counter (MPPCs) in similar medical imaging applications. (author)

  16. Characteristics of scintillation detectors based on inorganic scintillators and SiPM light readout

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    Szcze&şacute; niak, T.; Grodzicka, M.; Moszyński, M.; Szawłowski, M.; Wolski, D.; Baszak, J.

    2013-02-01

    Recently, a silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) became one of the strongest candidates for application in PET-MR or SPECT-MR dual-modality scanners. However, optimization of the scintillation detectors with SiPM light readout requires different approach than in the case of classic photomultipliers. The finite number of micro-cells in a SiPM creates nonlinear response for high number of incident photons. Moreover, the size and total number of micro-cells defines fill factor, which in turn affects the photon detection efficiency (PDE). Response of SiPMs is also highly sensitive to bias voltage causing changes in PDE and excess noise factor (ENF). Finally, each cell posses an effective dead time needed to fully recharge that cell after the photon detection. In this work the listed above unique features of SiPMs are overviewed. The reported data also contain measurements of energy resolution and 22Na time resolution.

  17. Characteristics of scintillation detectors based on inorganic scintillators and SiPM light readout

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    Szcześniak, T., E-mail: t.szczesniak@ncbj.gov.pl [National Centre for Nuclear Research, A. Sołtana 7, PL 05-400 Otwock-Świerk (Poland); Grodzicka, M.; Moszyński, M.; Szawłowski, M.; Wolski, D. [National Centre for Nuclear Research, A. Sołtana 7, PL 05-400 Otwock-Świerk (Poland); Baszak, J. [Hamamatsu Photonics Deutschland GmbH, Arzbergerstr. 10, D-82211 Herrsching am Ammersee (Germany)

    2013-02-21

    Recently, a silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) became one of the strongest candidates for application in PET–MR or SPECT–MR dual-modality scanners. However, optimization of the scintillation detectors with SiPM light readout requires different approach than in the case of classic photomultipliers. The finite number of micro-cells in a SiPM creates nonlinear response for high number of incident photons. Moreover, the size and total number of micro-cells defines fill factor, which in turn affects the photon detection efficiency (PDE). Response of SiPMs is also highly sensitive to bias voltage causing changes in PDE and excess noise factor (ENF). Finally, each cell posses an effective dead time needed to fully recharge that cell after the photon detection. In this work the listed above unique features of SiPMs are overviewed. The reported data also contain measurements of energy resolution and {sup 22}Na time resolution.

  18. Scintillating fiber tracking at high luminosities using Visible Light Photon counter readout

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    This paper reviews the research work on the Visible Light Photon Counters (VLPC) that have been developed for the scintillating fiber tracking at high luminosity colliders and high rate fixed target experiments. The devices originated from the joint work between UCLA and Rockwell International Science Center. The VLPCs are capable of counting photons very efficiently down to a single photon level with high avalanche gain, producing pulses at very high rates with very short rise times. Due to small gain dispersions they can be used in counting photons with high quantum efficiencies, therefore they are excellent devices for charged particle tracking using small diameter scintillating plastic fibers. In this paper, fiber tracking for the CDF and D0 upgrades and a possible usage of the VLPC readout for the experiment E803 at Fermilab will be discussed

  19. Interaction of Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs Devices With Thermal Irradiation Environments

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper has been examined the high temperature irradiation variations testing in order to be used to determine avalanche photodiode lifetime, even though APD failure mechanisms are more sensitive to increases in current density. As a measured parameter of degradation, the current density is of great significance when searching for failure modes in APD. Raising the current density however, is not really indicative of lifetime since it is more likely a situation to be avoided than one that simulates normal lifetime degradation. The reliability of semiconductor detectors is very dependent on the degradation modes. This paper has investigated deeply some of the degradation performance and capabilities of typical APDs currently used in many communication and sensing systems over wide range of the affecting parameters. APDs are used in systems that require coherent and often single mode light such as high data rate communications and sensing applications. APDs are an attractive receiver choice for photon-starved (low signal applications, because their internal gain mechanism can improve signal to noise ratio. An optical receiver must also be appropriate for the laser wavelength being used. The near infrared is the preferred wavelength regime for deep space optical communications largely due to the wavelengths of available laser technologies that meet the optical power requirements of a deep space optical link

  20. Progress in the use of avalanche photodiodes for readout for calorimeters

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    During the past year the Superconducting Super Collider Tracking Group has progressed from acquisition of its first avalanche photodiode (APD) to installation of a 96-channel array of the devices. The work was motivated by the desire to learn how to use APDs as the sensitive elements in a fiber tracking detector, moderated by the presence of limited resources and the absence of activity within groups outside the SSC Laboratory on such a project. We chose, therefore, to team up with an ongoing research effort which intended to evaluate both pre-shower and shower-maximum detectors and various means of sensing the light produced. The pre-shower detector is made of layers of scintillating fibers similar to a fiber tracker. The shower-maximum detector uses optical fibers to transmit the light from scintillating plates to the readout devices. Our contribution has been to develop the APD array for use in this test from concept to operation. Currently, the equipment is installed in Fermilab's MP beamline awaiting delivery to the final 36 APDs and exposure to the beam. 9 refs., 18 figs

  1. FACT -- The G-APD revolution in Cherenkov astronomy

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    Bretz, T; Backes, M; Biland, A; Boccone, V; Braun, I; Buß, J; Cadoux, F; Commichau, V; Djambazov, L; Dorner, D; Einecke, S; Eisenacher, D; Gendotti, A; Grimm, O; von Gunten, H; Haller, C; Hempfling, C; Hildebrand, D; Horisberger, U; Huber, B; Kim, K S; Knoetig, M L; Köhne, J H; Krähenbühl, T; Krumm, B; Lee, M; Lorenz, E; Lustermann, W; Lyard, E; Mannheim, K; Meharga, M; Meier, K; Müuller, S; Montaruli, T; Neise, D; Nessi-Tedaldi, F; Overkemping, A K; Paravac, A; Pauss, F; Renker, D; Rhode, W; Ribordy, M; Röser, U; Stucki, J P; Schneider, J; Steinbring, T; Temme, F; Thaele, J; Tobler, S; Viertel, G; Vogler, P; Walter, R; Warda, K; Weitzel, Q; Zänglein, M

    2014-01-01

    Since two years, the FACT telescope is operating on the Canary Island of La Palma. Apart from its purpose to serve as a monitoring facility for the brightest TeV blazars, it was built as a major step to establish solid state photon counters as detectors in Cherenkov astronomy. The camera of the First G-APD Cherenkov Telesope comprises 1440 Geiger-mode avalanche photo diodes (G-APD), equipped with solid light guides to increase the effective light collection area of each sensor. Since no sense-line is available, a special challenge is to keep the applied voltage stable although the current drawn by the G-APD depends on the flux of night-sky background photons significantly varying with ambient light conditions. Methods have been developed to keep the temperature and voltage dependent response of the G-APDs stable during operation. As a cross-check, dark count spectra with high statistics have been taken under different environmental conditions. In this presentation, the project, the developed methods and the e...

  2. Study and realization of pixelated APD Geiger photodetectors of very high sensitivity for Very High Energy gamma astronomy

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    Very High Energy gamma ray astronomy uses till now exclusively as detector the Photomultiplier Tube (PMT) to collect weak light flux of atmospheric showers. But an alternative is now emerging: Avalanche Photodiodes polarized in Geiger mode called 'Geiger-APD'. The PMT is a detector designed in the 70's which presents many advantages but also suffers from several drawbacks: size, weight, cost, sensitivity to magnetic field but especially difficulty to realize its pixelation in matrix. Geiger-APDs are semi-conductor devices made of PN junction integrated in a special technology to detect very low light flux, thanks to the polarization beyond the avalanche voltage. Geiger-APD presents very high photoelectron gain (∼106) strongly dependant on the polarization voltage beyond avalanche. These photodiodes present many advantages with respect to PMT, mainly as concerns miniaturization for applications based on imaging, such as the detection of Cerenkov flashes in gamma ray astronomy. In this thesis, we present the study, the design and the realization of a technological structure, based on Silicon. This structure has shown reliability to detect weak luminous flux with breakdown voltage at 12 V and dark current below 10 pA at breakdown. We also developed several models, physical and electrical, necessary to the technological optimization, as well to the development of control and readout circuits, i.e. the basis of any imaging technology. The work presented here consists in the study, the design and the realization of a matrix of high sensitivity pixels. A project of a Cerenkov telescope based on this innovative technology is also presented. (author)

  3. Status of the First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT)

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    Full text: In the past years, the second generation of imaging air-Cherenkov telescopes has proven its power detecting weak sources with high sensitivity and low energy threshold. The goal to further improve the sensitivity and lower the energy threshold requires a robust and highly efficient sensor technology. A promising detector technology are silicon based photon detectors, namely Geiger-mode avalanche photo-diodes (G-APDs). They promise robustness and easy manageability compared photo-multiplier tubes so far in use. To prove the applicability of this technology for Cherenkov telescopes, one of the former HEGRA telescopes was revived and will be equipped with a camera using G-APDs as photo sensors. Since G-APDs are comparably small, solid light guides are used to significantly increase the light collection area of each sensor. With this technologies, the First G-APD Cherenkov Telescopes (FACT) promises an increase in sensitivity and decrease in energy threshold, compared with a classical photo-multiplier based camera. As of today (March 2011), the components of the camera are produced or in production and the camera assembly has been started. Once extensive tests will have been conducted, the camera will be installed at the telescope site. The current status and measurement of the commissioning are presented. (author)

  4. Extensive studies of MRS APDs for plastic scintillator muon veto detectors of cryogenic experiments

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    Low background experiments need active muon veto detectors to shield them from cosmic muons. Plastic scintillator panels with WLS fiber and multi-pixel Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes readout are widely used in such experiments due to their compactness and robustness. In this paper, results from the study of the basic MRS APD parameters, such as breakdown voltages, quenching resistors, internal gain and dark count rates are presented, as well as temperature dependencies of some of these parameters. In a small fraction of the MRS APDs, some strange dips in the I–V curves just preceding the breakdown voltage point have been observed.

  5. Hamamatsu APD for CMS ECAL Quality insurance

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    Bailleux, D; Deiters, K; Egeland, R; Gilbert, B; Grahl, J; Ingram, Q; Kuznetsov, A; Lester, E; Musienko, Y; Renker, D; Reucroft, S; Rusack, R W; Sakhelashvili, T M; Singovsky, A V; Swain, J D

    2004-01-01

    The Hamamatsu Photonics S8148 large area Avalanche Photo Diodes (APD) were designed for the crystal electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS setup at LHC in a close collaboration of Hamamatsu Photonics and CMS APD group (PSI, Northeastern University and University of Minnesota). All essential parameters of these devices are controlled by the producer and are fairly stable during the mass production, except the radiation hardness. To insure 99.9% reliability of APDs in the radiation hard environment of LHC, the CMS APD group had to invent a dedicated screening procedure. The details of this procedure and some results of the screening are discussed.

  6. Hamamatsu APD for CMS ECAL: quality insurance

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    The Hamamatsu Photonics S8148 large area Avalanche Photo Diodes (APD) were designed for the crystal electromagnetic calorimeter of the CMS setup at LHC in a close collaboration of Hamamatsu Photonics and CMS APD group (PSI, Northeastern University and University of Minnesota). All essential parameters of these devices are controlled by the producer and are fairly stable during the mass production, except the radiation hardness. To insure 99.9% reliability of APDs in the radiation hard environment of LHC, the CMS APD group had to invent a dedicated screening procedure. The details of this procedure and some results of the screening are discussed

  7. CALIFA at R3B: Development of quality assurance system for APD

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    CALIFA is a calorimeter and spectrometer that aims to detect gamma-rays and light charged particles. It is a part of the R3B experiment at the future FAIR facility. The CALIFA barrel consists of CsI(Tl) scintillating crystals, which are individually read out with Avalanche Photodiodes. While APDs are insensitive to magnet fields, its gain depends with temperature and voltage. Therefore, we have developed and built the quality assurance testing system for double APDs. In order to control the temperature, we made a water circulation system. We use a light signal from a pulsed LED,which is distributed to the active area of the APDs, to measure the gain variation of APD. In this presentation, we explain the concept of the QA testing system and report the results of the QA test.

  8. Single Photon Counting Detectors for Low Light Level Imaging Applications

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    2015-10-01

    This dissertation presents the current state-of-the-art of semiconductor-based photon counting detector technologies. HgCdTe linear-mode avalanche photodiodes (LM-APDs), silicon Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes (GM-APDs), and electron-multiplying CCDs (EMCCDs) are compared via their present and future performance in various astronomy applications. LM-APDs are studied in theory, based on work done at the University of Hawaii. EMCCDs are studied in theory and experimentally, with a device at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. The emphasis of the research is on GM-APD imaging arrays, developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and tested at the RIT Center for Detectors. The GM-APD research includes a theoretical analysis of SNR and various performance metrics, including dark count rate, afterpulsing, photon detection efficiency, and intrapixel sensitivity. The effects of radiation damage on the GM-APD were also characterized by introducing a cumulative dose of 50 krad(Si) via 60 MeV protons. Extensive development of Monte Carlo simulations and practical observation simulations was completed, including simulated astronomical imaging and adaptive optics wavefront sensing. Based on theoretical models and experimental testing, both the current state-of-the-art performance and projected future performance of each detector are compared for various applications. LM-APD performance is currently not competitive with other photon counting technologies, and are left out of the application-based comparisons. In the current state-of-the-art, EMCCDs in photon counting mode out-perform GM-APDs for long exposure scenarios, though GM-APDs are better for short exposure scenarios (fast readout) due to clock-induced-charge (CIC) in EMCCDs. In the long term, small improvements in GM-APD dark current will make them superior in both long and short exposure scenarios for extremely low flux. The efficiency of GM-APDs will likely always be less than EMCCDs, however, which is particularly disadvantageous for

  9. Improvements of the wavelength shifter-photodiode light readout technique for applications in the field of particle calorimetry

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    For a group of calorimeters scintillators are used as active medium. The task of this thesis consisted in the attempt of the readout with photodiodes in combination with wavelength shifters. It suceeded to double by means of a two-dye-component wavelength shifters in connection with the scintillator SCNS 38 the signal efficiency against the hitherto best commercially available wavelength shifter Y7. The study of impurity effects reemissions etc. was supported and supplemented by a Monte Carlo simulation program. Hereby it was shown that the theoretically reachable maximal collection efficiency lies away yet by a factor 2. After performance of many single studies and improvements using this readout technique a test calorimeter was constructed and tested. Hereby the ability of the procedure was proved. A noise equivalent to 35 MeV was measured. The signal yield per GeV deposed energy extends to 25000 sample electrons. The signal-to-noise ratio in the observation of cosmic muons was 9:1. Furthermore possibilities for the improvement of the photodiode quantum yield in the short-wave range below 450 nm was studied which was reached either by a special design of the p-layer of the photodiode or by adding of a wavelength shifter. In the latter procedure simultaneously a simple measuring method resulted for the determination of the quantum yield of a wavelength shifter in the maximum of its extinction which can yield at a suitable light source an accuracy of approx.=2%. Also for fully active calorimeters the application, i.e. the addition of a wavelength shifter is suited for the enhancement of the readout efficiency against simple photodiode readout. In a measurement with NaI(Tl) an improvement by a factor 3 was reached. (orig./HSI)

  10. Design and analysis of APD photoelectric detecting circuit

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    Fang, R.; Wang, C.

    2015-11-01

    In LADAR system, photoelectric detecting circuit is the key part in photoelectric conversion, which determines speed of respond, sensitivity and fidelity of the system. This paper presents the design of a matched APD Photoelectric detecting circuit. The circuit accomplishes low-noise readout and high-gain amplification of the weak photoelectric signal. The main performances, especially noise and transient response of the circuit are analyzed. In order to obtain large bandwidth, decompensated operational amplifiers are applied. Circuit simulations allow the architecture validation and the global performances to be predicted. The simulation results show that the gain of the detecting circuit is 630kΩ while the bandwidth is 100MHz, and 28dB dynamic range is achieved. Furthermore, the variation of the output pulse width is less than 0.9ns.

  11. Monolithic Time Delay Integrated APD Arrays Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The overall goal of the proposed phase II SBIR program is to develop a compact, high SNR TDI APD array for future NASA earth observing missions. The enabling TDI...

  12. Monolithic Time Delay Integrated APD Arrays Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The overall goal of the proposed program by Epitaxial Technologies is to develop monolithic time delay integrated avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays with sensitivity...

  13. A portable smart phone-based plasmonic nanosensor readout platform that measures transmitted light intensities of nanosubstrates using an ambient light sensor.

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    Fu, Qiangqiang; Wu, Ze; Xu, Fangxiang; Li, Xiuqing; Yao, Cuize; Xu, Meng; Sheng, Liangrong; Yu, Shiting; Tang, Yong

    2016-05-21

    Plasmonic nanosensors may be used as tools for diagnostic testing in the field of medicine. However, quantification of plasmonic nanosensors often requires complex and bulky readout instruments. Here, we report the development of a portable smart phone-based plasmonic nanosensor readout platform (PNRP) for accurate quantification of plasmonic nanosensors. This device operates by transmitting excitation light from a LED through a nanosubstrate and measuring the intensity of the transmitted light using the ambient light sensor of a smart phone. The device is a cylinder with a diameter of 14 mm, a length of 38 mm, and a gross weight of 3.5 g. We demonstrated the utility of this smart phone-based PNRP by measuring two well-established plasmonic nanosensors with this system. In the first experiment, the device measured the morphology changes of triangular silver nanoprisms (AgNPRs) in an immunoassay for the detection of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). In the second experiment, the device measured the aggregation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) in an aptamer-based assay for the detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The results from the smart phone-based PNRP were consistent with those from commercial spectrophotometers, demonstrating that the smart phone-based PNRP enables accurate quantification of plasmonic nanosensors. PMID:27137512

  14. HgCdTe e-APD detector arrays with single photon sensitivity for space lidar applications

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    Sun, Xiaoli; Abshire, James B.; Beck, Jeffrey D.

    2014-05-01

    A multi-element HgCdTe electron initiated avalanche photodiode (e-APD) array has been developed for space lidar. The detector array was fabricated with 4.3μm cutoff HgCdTe with a spectral response from 0.4 to 4.3 μm. We have demonstrated a 4x4 e-APD array with 80 μm square elements followed by a custom cryogenic CMOS read-out integrated circuit (ROIC). The device operates at 77K inside a small closed-cycle cooler-Dewar with the support electronics integrated in a field programmable gate array. Measurements showed a unity gain quantum efficiency of about 90% at 1.5-1.6 μm wavelength. The bulk dark current of the HgCdTe e-APD at 77K was less than 50,000 input referred electrons/s at 12 V APD bias where the APD gain was 620 and the measured noise equivalent power (NEP) was 0.4 fW/Hz1/2. The electrical bandwidth of the device was about 6 MHz, mostly limited by the ROIC, but sufficient for the lidar application. Although the devices were designed for low bandwidth pulse detections, the high gain and low dark current enabled them to be used for single photon detections. Because the APD was biased below the break-down voltage, the output is linear to the input signal and there were no nonlinear effect such as dead-time and afterpulsing, and no need for gated operation. A new series of HgCdTe e-APDs have also been developed with a much wider bandwidth ROIC and higher APD gain, which is expected to give a much better performance in single photon detections.

  15. Cryogenic THGEM–GPM for the readout of scintillation light from liquid argon

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    Xie, Wenqing; Fu, Yidong [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Key Laboratory of Particle and Radiation Imaging, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100084 (China); Li, Yulan, E-mail: yulanli@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Key Laboratory of Particle and Radiation Imaging, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100084 (China); Li, Jin [Institute of High Energy Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100084 (China); Li, Yuanjing; Yue, Qian [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Key Laboratory of Particle and Radiation Imaging, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2015-02-21

    A GPM (Gaseous Photo Multiplier) based on GEMs (Gas Electron Multipliers) and THGEMs (Thick Gas Electron Multipliers) is a promising detector for VUV (Vacuum Ultra Violet) photon readouts in rare event experiments which use cryogenic two-phase detectors with detection media of Ar and Xe. A GPM based on THGEM made of PTFE (herein named PTFE-THGEM) was developed inspired by the wide use of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethene) boards as low radioactive background PCB in rare event experiments. The efficiencies of the THGEM, a CsI photocathode, and finally a GPM are presented here. At low temperature (113 K) and 1.1 atm, the quantum efficiency of the GPM for VUV photons from liquid Ar in a two-phase detector is estimated to be 8.1% and the low threshold of the detector system for initial electrons prior to multiplication is 12 using 5 N purity Ar (0.99999)

  16. Cryogenic THGEM–GPM for the readout of scintillation light from liquid argon

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    A GPM (Gaseous Photo Multiplier) based on GEMs (Gas Electron Multipliers) and THGEMs (Thick Gas Electron Multipliers) is a promising detector for VUV (Vacuum Ultra Violet) photon readouts in rare event experiments which use cryogenic two-phase detectors with detection media of Ar and Xe. A GPM based on THGEM made of PTFE (herein named PTFE-THGEM) was developed inspired by the wide use of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethene) boards as low radioactive background PCB in rare event experiments. The efficiencies of the THGEM, a CsI photocathode, and finally a GPM are presented here. At low temperature (113 K) and 1.1 atm, the quantum efficiency of the GPM for VUV photons from liquid Ar in a two-phase detector is estimated to be 8.1% and the low threshold of the detector system for initial electrons prior to multiplication is 12 using 5 N purity Ar (0.99999)

  17. Experimental investigation of silicon photomultipliers as compact light readout systems for gamma-ray spectroscopy applications in fusion plasmas

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    A matrix of Silicon Photo Multipliers has been developed for light readout from a large area 1 in. × 1 in. LaBr3 crystal. The system has been characterized in the laboratory and its performance compared to that of a conventional photo multiplier tube. A pulse duration of 100 ns was achieved, which opens up to spectroscopy applications at high counting rates. The energy resolution measured using radioactive sources extrapolates to 3%–4% in the energy range Eγ = 3–5 MeV, enabling gamma-ray spectroscopy measurements at good energy resolution. The results reported here are of relevance in view of the development of compact gamma-ray detectors with spectroscopy capabilities, such as an enhanced gamma-ray camera for high power fusion plasmas, where the use of photomultiplier is impeded by space limitation and sensitivity to magnetic fields

  18. Temperature dependence of APD-based PET scanners

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    Purpose: Solid state detectors such as avalanche photodiodes (APDs) are increasingly being used in PET detectors. One of the disadvantages of APDs is the strong decrease of their gain factor with increasing ambient temperature. The light yield of most scintillation crystals also decreases when ambient temperature is increased. Both effects lead to considerable temperature dependence of the performance of APD-based PET scanners. In this paper, the authors propose a model for this dependence and the performance of the LabPET8 APD-based small animal PET scanner is evaluated at different temperatures.Methods: The model proposes that the effect of increasing temperature on the energy histogram of an APD-based PET scanner is a compression of the histogram along the energy axis. The energy histogram of the LabPET system was acquired at 21 °C and 25 °C to verify the validity of this model. Using the proposed model, the effect of temperature on system sensitivity was simulated for different detector temperature coefficients and temperatures. Subsequently, the effect of short term and long term temperature changes on the peak sensitivity of the LabPET system was measured. The axial sensitivity profile was measured at 21 °C and 24 °C following the NEMA NU 4-2008 standard. System spatial resolution was also evaluated. Furthermore, scatter fraction, count losses and random coincidences were evaluated at different temperatures. Image quality was also investigated.Results: As predicted by the model, the photopeak energy at 25 °C is lower than at 21 °C with a shift of approximately 6% per °C. Simulations showed that this results in an approximately linear decrease of sensitivity when temperature is increased from 21 °C to 24 °C and energy thresholds are constant. Experimental evaluation of the peak sensitivity at different temperatures showed a strong linear correlation for short term (2.32 kcps/MBq/°C = 12%/°C, R = −0.95) and long term (1.92 kcps/MBq/°C = 10%/

  19. High-light-output scintillator for photodiode readout: LuI3:Ce3+

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    Birowosuto, M.D.; Dorenbos, P.; Van Eijk, C.W.E.; Krämer, K.W.; Güdel, H.U.

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, we investigated the scintillation properties of LuI3:Ce3+. Radioluminescence, light output, energy resolution, and γ-scintillation decay are reported. We find an extremely high light output of 98 000±10 000 photons/MeV. LuI3:Ce3+ also gives a very high electron-hole (e-h) pair respons

  20. APDS: The Autonomous Pathogen Detection System

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    Hindson, B; Makarewicz, A; Setlur, U; Henderer, B; McBride, M; Dzenitis, J

    2004-10-04

    We have developed and tested a fully autonomous pathogen detection system (APDS) capable of continuously monitoring the environment for airborne biological threat agents. The system was developed to provide early warning to civilians in the event of a bioterrorism incident and can be used at high profile events for short-term, intensive monitoring or in major public buildings or transportation nodes for long-term monitoring. The APDS is completely automated, offering continuous aerosol sampling, in-line sample preparation fluidics, multiplexed detection and identification immunoassays, and nucleic-acid based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and detection. Highly multiplexed antibody-based and duplex nucleic acid-based assays are combined to reduce false positives to a very low level, lower reagent costs, and significantly expand the detection capabilities of this biosensor. This article provides an overview of the current design and operation of the APDS. Certain sub-components of the ADPS are described in detail, including the aerosol collector, the automated sample preparation module that performs multiplexed immunoassays with confirmatory PCR, and the data monitoring and communications system. Data obtained from an APDS that operated continuously for seven days in a major U.S. transportation hub is reported.

  1. Recent advances of planar silicon APD technology

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    Radiation Monitoring Devices previously reported to have fabricated, using a planar processed, deep diffused silicon avalanche photodiodes (APDs) and position sensitive APDs (PSAPDs) that can be used for direct or scintillation-based spectroscopic and imaging applications. We have developed high gain (∼1000), high quantum efficiency (40-70% in the 200-900 nm region) at unity gain, relatively low noise, and magnetically insensitive APDs up to 45 cm2 in area and PSAPDs up to 2.8x2.8 cm2 in area. These detectors have begun to be implemented in applications such as positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) for medical imaging, high-energy physics experiments as water Cherenkov detectors and liquefied noble gas calorimeters, and receivers for long-range optical communication at near infrared (IR) wavelengths (1064 nm). Also, our PSAPDs have been combined with photocathode structures, similar to a photomultiplier tube (PMT), to fabricate hybrid devices. Here, we present a small review and a sample of results showing various applications utilizing our planar processed APDs and PSAPDs

  2. APD arrays and large-area APDs via a new planar process

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    Farrell, R; Vanderpuye, K; Grazioso, R; Myers, R; Entine, G

    2000-01-01

    A fabrication process has been developed which allows the beveled-edge-type of avalanche photodiode (APD) to be made without the need for the artful bevel formation steps. This new process, applicable to both APD arrays and to discrete detectors, greatly simplifies manufacture and should lead to significant cost reduction for such photodetectors. This is achieved through a simple innovation that allows isolation around the device or array pixel to be brought into the plane of the surface of the silicon wafer, hence a planar process. A description of the new process is presented along with performance data for a variety of APD device and array configurations. APD array pixel gains in excess of 10 000 have been measured. Array pixel coincidence timing resolution of less than 5 ns has been demonstrated. An energy resolution of 6% for 662 keV gamma-rays using a CsI(T1) scintillator on a planar processed large-area APD has been recorded. Discrete APDs with active areas up to 13 cm sup 2 have been operated.

  3. Scintillation light read-out by thin photodiodes in silicon wells

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    Allier, C P; Sarro, P M; Eijk, C W E

    2000-01-01

    Several applications of X-ray and gamma ray imaging detectors, e.g. in medical diagnostics, require millimeter or sub-millimeter spatial resolution and good energy resolution. In order to achieve such features we have proposed a new type of camera, which takes advantage of micromachining technology. It consists of an array of scintillator crystals encapsulated in silicon wells with photodiodes at the bottom. Several parameters of the photodiode need to be optimised: uniformity and efficiency of the light detection, gain, electronic noise and breakdown voltage. In order to evaluate these parameters we have processed 3x3 arrays of 1.8 mm sup 2 , approx 10 mu m thick photodiodes using (1 0 0) wafers etched in a KOH solution. Their optical response at 675 nm wavelength is comparable to that of a 500 mu m thick silicon PIN diode. Their low light detection efficiency is compensated by internal amplification. Several scintillator materials have been positioned in the wells on top of the thin photodiodes, i.e. a 200 ...

  4. Light Readout for a 1 ton Liquid Argon Dark Matter Detector

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    Boccone, Vittorio; Baudis, Laura; Otyugova, Polina; Regenfus, Christian

    2010-01-01

    Evidence for dark matter (DM) has been reported using astronomical observations in systems such as the Bullet cluster. Weakly interactive massive particles (WIMPs), in particular the lightest neutralino, are the most popular DM candidates within the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM). Many groups in the world are focussing their attention on the direct detection of DM in the laboratory. The detectors should have large target masses and excellent noise rejection capabilities because of the small cross section between DM and ordinary matter (σWIMP−nucleon < 4 · 10−8 pb). Noble liquids are today considered to be one of the best options for large-size DM experiments, as they have a relatively low ionization energy, good scintillation properties and long electron lifetime. Moreover noble liquid detectors are easily scalable to large masses. This thesis deals with the development of a large (1 ton) LAr WIMP detector (ArDM) which could measure simultaneously light and charge from the scintilla...

  5. Discrimination of cosmic-rays in scintillation region and light-guide for plastic scintillation detectors using 5GSPS readout system

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    At sea level, the measurement of energy spectrum for cosmic-rays flux determination using two-coincidence plastic scintillation detectors with “traditional” electronic-readout system may include not only cosmic-rays in scintillator region but also light-guide region. In this work, we carry out a measurement of cosmic-rays using two-coincidence plastic scintillation detectors with size of each 80 cm × 40 cm × 3 cm thick, and an electronic-readout system of 5GSPS (i.e. 200 psec sampling-time resolution). With the readout system, the shape of pulses from scintillation detectors can be observed. The behavior of time response in plastic scintillator and light-guide may be different. Based on the time response of pulses such as width of pulse, it is possible to discriminate cosmic rays in scintillation region from light-guide region. The obtained results will be presented and discussed in detail. The experiment is set up and measured at the Nuclear laboratory, Department of Nuclear Physics, University of Science, HCMC-Vietnam National University. (author)

  6. A Time-Based Front End Readout System for PET & CT

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    Meyer, T C; Anghinolfi, F; Auffray, E; Dosanjh, M; Hillemanns, H; Hoffmann, H -F; Jarron, P; Kaplon, J; Kronberger, M; Lecoq, P; Moraes, D; Trummer, J

    2007-01-01

    In the framework of the European FP6's BioCare project, we develop a novel, time-based, photo-detector readout technique to increase sensitivity and timing precision for molecular imaging in PET and CT. The project aims to employ Avalanche Photo Diode (APD) arrays with state of the art, high speed, front end amplifiers and discrimination circuits developed for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) physics program at CERN, suitable to detect and process photons in a combined one-unit PET/CT detection head. In the so-called time-based approach our efforts focus on the system's timing performance with sub-nanosecond time-jitter and -walk, and yet also provide information on photon energy without resorting to analog to digital conversion. The bandwidth of the electronic circuitry is compatible with the scintillator's intrinsic light response (e.g. les40ns in LSO) and hence allows high rate CT operation in single-photon counting mode. Based on commercial LSO crystals and Hamamatsu S8550 APD arrays, we show the system pe...

  7. Study on APD real time compensation methods of laser Detection system

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    their operating principles. The constant false alarm rate compensation can't detect the pulse signal which comes randomly. Therefore real-time performance can't be realized. The noise compensation can meet the request of real-time performance. If it is used in the environment where background light is intense or changes acutely, there is a better effect. The temperature compensation can also achieve the real-time performance request. If it is used in the environment where temperature changes acutely, there is also a better effect. Aim at such problems, this paper presents that different APD real-time compensations should be adopt to adapt to different environments. The exiting temperature compensation adjusts output voltage by using variable resistance to regulate input voltage. Its structure is complex; the real-time performance is worse. In order to remedy these defects, a real-time temperature compensation which is based on switch on-off time of switching power supply is designed. Its feasibility and operating stability are confirmed by plate making and experiment. At last, the comparison experiments between the real-time noise compensation and the real-time temperature compensation is carried out in the environments where temperature is almost invariant and background light acutely changes from5lux to150lux . The result shows that the operating effect of the real-time noise compensation is better here, the noise minifies to a sixth of original noise. The comparison experiments between the real-time noise compensation and the real-time temperature compensation is carried out in darkroom where background light is 5lux and temperature almost rapidly changes from -20 deg. C to 80 deg. C. The result shows that the operating effect of the real-time temperature compensation is better here, the noise minifies to a seventh of original noise. Moreover, these methods can be applied to other type detection systems of weak photoelectric signal; they have high actual application

  8. Development of Gated Pinned Avalanche Photodiode Pixels for High-Speed Low-Light Imaging

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    Tomislav Resetar

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available This work explores the benefits of linear-mode avalanche photodiodes (APDs in high-speed CMOS imaging as compared to different approaches present in literature. Analysis of APDs biased below their breakdown voltage employed in single-photon counting mode is also discussed, showing a potentially interesting alternative to existing Geiger-mode APDs. An overview of the recently presented gated pinned avalanche photodiode pixel concept is provided, as well as the first experimental results on a 8 × 16 pixel test array. Full feasibility of the proposed pixel concept is not demonstrated; however, informative data is obtained from the sensor operating under −32 V substrate bias and clearly exhibiting wavelength-dependent gain in frontside illumination. The readout of the chip designed in standard 130 nm CMOS technology shows no dependence on the high-voltage bias. Readout noise level of 15 e - rms, full well capacity of 8000 e - , and the conversion gain of 75 µV / e - are extracted from the photon-transfer measurements. The gain characteristics of the avalanche junction are characterized on separate test diodes showing a multiplication factor of 1.6 for red light in frontside illumination.

  9. Development of Gated Pinned Avalanche Photodiode Pixels for High-Speed Low-Light Imaging.

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    Resetar, Tomislav; De Munck, Koen; Haspeslagh, Luc; Rosmeulen, Maarten; Süss, Andreas; Puers, Robert; Van Hoof, Chris

    2016-01-01

    This work explores the benefits of linear-mode avalanche photodiodes (APDs) in high-speed CMOS imaging as compared to different approaches present in literature. Analysis of APDs biased below their breakdown voltage employed in single-photon counting mode is also discussed, showing a potentially interesting alternative to existing Geiger-mode APDs. An overview of the recently presented gated pinned avalanche photodiode pixel concept is provided, as well as the first experimental results on a 8 × 16 pixel test array. Full feasibility of the proposed pixel concept is not demonstrated; however, informative data is obtained from the sensor operating under -32 V substrate bias and clearly exhibiting wavelength-dependent gain in frontside illumination. The readout of the chip designed in standard 130 nm CMOS technology shows no dependence on the high-voltage bias. Readout noise level of 15 e - rms, full well capacity of 8000 e - , and the conversion gain of 75 µV / e - are extracted from the photon-transfer measurements. The gain characteristics of the avalanche junction are characterized on separate test diodes showing a multiplication factor of 1.6 for red light in frontside illumination. PMID:27537882

  10. Research on readout circuit for low-light-level CMOS image sensor%微光CMOS图像传感器读出电路研究

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    徐星; 陈世军

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    High performance signal readout circuit is the important component of low-light-level COMS image sensor. How to reduce the readout circuit noise and improve output signal noise radio is the emphasis of the circuit design. This paper projects a kind of readout circuit for low-light-level photo detector with high gain, low noise Capacitive Trans impedance Amplifier and Correlated Double Sampling circuit. CTIA circuit uses a switched capacitor voltage divider feedback circuit to achieve high sensitivity and low read noise. The circuit is fabricated with CSMC 0.5μm CMOS technology, measurement results show that the circuit function is fine when the integratedtimeis 20μs and the light signal current is 20pA~300pA. The SNR reaches 10;it can be used in low-light-level CMOS Image Sensor.%高性能的信号读出电路是微光CMOS图像传感器的重要组成部分,如何降低读出电路噪声,提高读出电路输出信号的信噪比成为读出电路设计的重点。本文设计了一种高增益低噪声的电容反馈跨阻放大器CTIA(Capacitive Trans impedanceAmplifier)与相关双采样电路CDS (Correlated Double Sampling)相结合的微光探测器读出电路。在CTIA电路中,采用T网络电容实现fF级的积分电容,并通过增益开关控制,来达到对微弱光信号的高增益低噪声读出。采用CSMC公司的0.5μm标准CMOS工艺库对电路进行流片,测试结果表明:在光电流信号为20~300 pA范围内,积分时间为20μs,该电路功能良好,信噪比(SNR)达到10,能应用于微光CMOS图像传感器。

  11. Performance tests of novel scintillator materials and readout devices for the CALIFA rate at R3B

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    CALIFA (CALorimeter for the In Flight detection of γ-rays and light charged p Articles) is part of the R3B project. It will be realized at FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), which is built at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum fuer Schwerionenforschung GmbH. The CALIFA consists of the Barrel part, covering central angles and the EndCap part for the forward angles. The requirement to detect high energy gamma rays with good efficiency and the presence of a magnetic field lead to numerous implications on the detector technology. In this work we investigate the possibility to use novel scintillating materials, namely LaBr3:(Ce) and CeBr3 with APDs (Avalanche Photo Diode) and SiPM (Silicon Photo Multiplier) readout.

  12. Geometry dependence of the light collection efficiency of BGO crystal scintillators read out by avalanche photo diodes

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    Light collection efficiency from BGO crystal scintillators of various sizes and shapes was measured by reading them using 1×1 cm2 avalanche photo diodes. When the crystals have simple geometry, the light collection efficiency was found to depend on their size, shape and the read-out position through a rather well-defined empirical scaling relation. The light collection efficiency of tapered crystals was seen to depend on both the position of γ-ray irradiation, and the read-out position of the avalanche photo diodes. Using optical Monte-Carlo simulations, the relation was reproduced assuming plausible proper parameters for surface conditions and the attenuation length. This results were reproduced with a reasonable accuracy by optical Monte-Carlo simulations. Simple physical explanations are given to these geometrical effects. -- Highlights: • We studied light output of different shapes and size BGO crystals with an APD. • With a Monte-Carlo simulation, we successfully reproduced measured light outputs of BGO. • We derived a scaling law of a rectangle crystal volume and surface area APD attached. • We measured a dependence of the light output on a position with non-rectangle crystal

  13. Ultrahigh-sensitivity high-linearity photodetection system using a low-gain avalanche photodiode with an ultralow-noise readout circuit

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    Akiba, Makoto; Fujiwara, Mikio; Sasaki, Masahide

    2005-01-01

    A highly sensitive photodetection system with a detection limit of 1 photon/s was developed. This system uses a commercially available 200-mm-diameter silicon avalanche photodiode (APD) and an in-house-developed ultralow-noise readout circuit, which are both cooled to 77 K. When the APD operates at a low gain of about 10, it has a high-linearity response to the number of incident photons and a low excess noise factor. The APD also has high quantum efficiency and a dark current of less than 1 ...

  14. Testing limits to airflow perturbation device (APD measurements

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    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Airflow Perturbation Device (APD is a lightweight, portable device that can be used to measure total respiratory resistance as well as inhalation and exhalation resistances. There is a need to determine limits to the accuracy of APD measurements for different conditions likely to occur: leaks around the mouthpiece, use of an oronasal mask, and the addition of resistance in the respiratory system. Also, there is a need for resistance measurements in patients who are ventilated. Method Ten subjects between the ages of 18 and 35 were tested for each station in the experiment. The first station involved testing the effects of leaks of known sizes on APD measurements. The second station tested the use of an oronasal mask used in conjunction with the APD during nose and mouth breathing. The third station tested the effects of two different resistances added in series with the APD mouthpiece. The fourth station tested the usage of a flexible ventilator tube in conjunction with the APD. Results All leaks reduced APD resistance measurement values. Leaks represented by two 3.2 mm diameter tubes reduced measured resistance by about 10% (4.2 cmH2O·sec/L for control and 3.9 cm H2O·sec/L for the leak. This was not statistically significant. Larger leaks given by 4.8 and 6.4 mm tubes reduced measurements significantly (3.4 and 3.0 cm cmH2O·sec/L, respectively. Mouth resistance measured with a cardboard mouthpiece gave an APD measurement of 4.2 cm H2O·sec/L and mouth resistance measured with an oronasal mask was 4.5 cm H2O·sec/L; the two were not significantly different. Nose resistance measured with the oronasal mask was 7.6 cm H2O·sec/L. Adding airflow resistances of 1.12 and 2.10 cm H2O·sec/L to the breathing circuit between the mouth and APD yielded respiratory resistance values higher than the control by 0.7 and 2.0 cm H2O·sec/L. Although breathing through a 52 cm length of flexible ventilator tubing reduced the APD

  15. Focus on ODA | Gros plan sur l’APD

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    Full Text Available Evolution of Selected DAC Members’ ODA, 1990–2010 (in percentage of GNIEvolution de l’APD d’une sélection de pays membres du CAD, 1990-2010 (en pourcentage du RNBSource: OECD, OECD.Stat Extracts, http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx.ODA by Donor Country | L’APD par pays donateurDAC Members’ Net ODA, 2010 (in million USDAPD nette des pays membres du CAD, 2010 (en millions USD­DAC Members’ Net ODA, 2010 (in percentage of GNIAPD nette des pays membres du CAD, 2010 (en pourcentage du RNBSource:...

  16. FACT -- Operation of the First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope

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    Bretz, T; Buß, J; Commichau, V; Djambazov, L; Dorner, D; Einecke, S; Eisenacher, D; Freiwald, J; Grimm, O; von Gunten, H; Haller, C; Hempfling, C; Hildebrand, D; Hughes, G; Horisberger, U; Knoetig, M L; Krähenbühl, T; Lustermann, W; Lyard, E; Mannheim, K; Meier, K; Mueller, S; Neise, D; Overkemping, A -K; Paravac, A; Pauss, F; Rhode, W; Röser, U; Stucki, J -P; Steinbring, T; Temme, F; Thaele, J; Vogler, P; Walter, R; Weitzel, Q

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    Since more than two years, the First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) is operating successfully at the Canary Island of La Palma. Apart from its purpose to serve as a monitoring facility for the brightest TeV blazars, it was built as a major step to establish solid state photon counters as detectors in Cherenkov astronomy. The camera of the First G-APD Cherenkov Telesope comprises 1440 Geiger-mode avalanche photo diodes (G-APD aka. MPPC or SiPM) for photon detection. Since properties as the gain of G-APDs depend on temperature and the applied voltage, a real-time feedback system has been developed and implemented. To correct for the change introduced by temperature, several sensors have been placed close to the photon detectors. Their read out is used to calculate a corresponding voltage offset. In addition to temperature changes, changing current introduces a voltage drop in the supporting resistor network. To correct changes in the voltage drop introduced by varying photon flux from the night-sky background...

  17. HgCdTe APDs for free space optical communications

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    Rothman, J.; Lasfargues, G.; Abergel, J.

    2015-10-01

    HgCdTe avalanche photodiode single element detectors have been developed for a large scope of photon starved applications. The present communication is dedicated to use of these detectors for free space optical communications. In this perspective we present and discuss the sensitivity and bandwidth that has been measured directly on HgCdTe APDs and on detector modules. In particular, we report on the performance of TEC cooled large area detectors with sensitive diameters ranging from 30- 200 μm, characterised by detector gains of 2- 20 V/μW and noise equivalent input power of 0.1-1 nW for bandwidths ranging from 20 to 400 MHz. One of these detectors has been used during the lunar laser communication demonstration (LLCD) and the results The perspectives for high data rate transmission is estimated from the results of impulse response measurements on HgCdTe APDs. These results indicate that bandwidths close to 10 GHz can be achieved in these devices. The associated sensitivity at an APD gain of 100 is estimated to be below 4 photons rms (NEP<10 nW) for APDs operated at 300 K.

  18. Pixel detector readout chip

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    Close-up of a pixel detector readout chip. The photograph shows an aera of 1 mm x 2 mm containing 12 separate readout channels. The entire chip contains 1000 readout channels (around 80 000 transistors) covering a sensitive area of 8 mm x 5 mm. The chip has been mounted on a silicon detector to detect high energy particles.

  19. Readout circuitry for continuous high-rate photon detection with arrays of InP Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes

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    Frechette, Jonathan; Grossmann, Peter J.; Busacker, David E.; Jordy, George J.; Duerr, Erik K.; McIntosh, K. Alexander; Oakley, Douglas C.; Bailey, Robert J.; Ruff, Albert C.; Brattain, Michael A.; Funk, Joseph E.; MacDonald, Jason G.; Verghese, Simon

    2012-06-01

    An asynchronous readout integrated circuit (ROIC) has been developed for hybridization to a 32x32 array of single-photon sensitive avalanche photodiodes (APDs). The asynchronous ROIC is capable of simultaneous detection and readout of photon times of arrival, with no array blind time. Each pixel in the array is independently operated by a finite state machine that actively quenches an APD upon a photon detection event, and re-biases the device into Geiger mode after a programmable hold-off time. While an individual APD is in hold-off mode, other elements in the array are biased and available to detect photons. This approach enables high pixel refresh frequency (PRF), making the device suitable for applications including optical communications and frequency-agile ladar. A built-in electronic shutter that de-biases the whole array allows the detector to operate in a gated mode or allows for detection to be temporarily disabled. On-chip data reduction reduces the high bandwidth requirements of simultaneous detection and readout. Additional features include programmable single-pixel disable, region of interest processing, and programmable output data rates. State-based on-chip clock gating reduces overall power draw. ROIC operation has been demonstrated with hybridized InP APDs sensitive to 1.06-μm and 1.55-μm wavelength, and fully packaged focal plane arrays (FPAs) have been assembled and characterized.

  20. Detectors for proton counting. Si-APD and scintillation detectors

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    Increased intensity of synchrotron radiation requests users to prepare photon pulse detectors having higher counting rates. As detectors for photon counting, silicon-avalanche photodiode (Si-APD) and scintillation detectors were chosen for the fifth series of detectors. Principle of photon detection by pulse and need of amplification function of the detector were described. Structure and working principle, high counting rate measurement system, bunch of electrons vs. counting rate, application example of NMR time spectroscopy measurement and comments for users were described for the Si-APD detector. Structure of scintillator and photomultiplier tube, characteristics of scintillator and performance of detector were shown for the NaI detector. Future development of photon pulse detectors was discussed. (T. Tanaka)

  1. A prospective, randomized multicenter study comparing APD and CAPD treatment

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    Bro, S; Bjorner, J B; Tofte-Jensen, P;

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The goals for maintenance dialysis treatment are to improve patient survival, reduce patient morbidity, and improve patient quality of life. This is the first randomized prospective study comparing automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD......) treatment with respect to quality of life and clinical outcomes in relation to therapy costs. DESIGN: A prospective, randomized multicenter study. SETTING: Three Danish CAPD units. PATIENTS: Thirty-four adequately dialyzed patients with high or high-average peritoneal transport characteristics were included...... in the study.Twenty-five patients completed the study. INTERVENTIONS: After randomization, 17 patients were allocated to APD treatment and 17 patients to CAPD treatment for a period of 6 months. Medical and biochemical parameters were evaluated at monthly controls in the CAPD units. Quality-of-life parameters...

  2. Sub-nanosecond time resolution detector based on APD for Synchrotron Radiation ultrafast experiments

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    Li, Zhen-jie; Liu, Peng; Wang, Shan-feng; Dong, Wei-wei; Zhou, Yang-fan

    2015-01-01

    Synchrotron radiation light sources produce intense beam of X-ray with ultra-short pulse and nanosecond period. This of-fers the opportunities for the time resolution experiments. Achieving higher counting rate and faster arriving time is diffi-cult for common detectors. But avalanche photodiodes (APD) based on silicon which have been commercially available1 with large active areas (e.g.10mmx10mm@ Perkin-Elmer Inc.) could satisfy the demands due to their good time resolution, low noise and large area.We investigate the high counting rate and nanosecond time resolution detector with APD. The detector's fast amplifier was designed with the gain of about 60dB (1000). The amplifier included with three stages RF-preamplifier using MAR6+ chip5 for the carefully controlling the circuit oscillation. Some measures have been taken for the preamplifiers good performance such as using resistance net between RF-preamplifier chip and the isolation of high voltage circuit from the preamplifier. The time resolution of the pr...

  3. APD hos barn og ungdom – En normdatastudie

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    Myrvold, Magnus

    2013-01-01

    Background: Auditory Processing Disorder is difficult to diagnose and there is still a lot to learn about this condition. Recent research reports MLR as a promising new tool to help assess the disorder. The last few years efforts has been made to establish a Norwegian test battery for APD, but there is a need to conduct more research on electrophysiological measurements to supplement this battery. Purpose: The main purpose of this study was to describe performance of normal...

  4. Optical readout of superheated emulsions

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    Prompted by earlier studies on position-sensitive measurements of bubble distributions in three-dimensional (3D) dosimetry applications, optical read-out systems for superheated emulsions have been investigated and developed for bubble imaging and counting. The approach relies on light scattering by the bubbles in the emulsions either to determine attenuation profiles for optical tomography or to determine the integral number of bubbles for personal dosimetry applications. Optical tomography is clearly suitable for the development of bench-top systems for the analysis of the 3D dose distributions from brachytherapy sources. However, the approach requires optimization in terms of scanning and image reconstruction parameters. This study also suggests that compact devices based on scattered light measurements may be a viable option for personal dosimetry applications. Once fully developed, they should permit a real-time read-out of bubble vaporizations, independent of radiation dose rate and vibration or noise levels

  5. The role of APD in the improvement of outcomes in an ESRD program.

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    Van Biesen, Wim; Veys, Nic; Vanholder, Raymond; Lameire, Norbert

    2002-01-01

    We review the role of automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) in improving outcomes of an end-stage renal disease (ESRD) program. As the "integrated care approach" becomes accepted as the preferred strategy for treatment of ESRD patients, we looked for the potential place of APD in such an approach. APD has probably the same advantages as CAPD as a first-line renal replacement modality in suitable patients willing to perform PD. There is currently no hard evidence that residual renal function (RRF) should decline more rapidly in APD than in CAPD, at least if a dry abdomen during the day is avoided. The detection of peritonitis is probably more delayed in APD, but the frequency of peritonitis is lower, and there is no hard evidence pointing to a poorer outcome of peritonitis in APD as compared to CAPD. Quality of life is at least as good in APD, which is mostly related to the increased possibilities for adapting the exchange pattern to employment-related time frames. APD also has the potential to prolong technique success in patients failing CAPD rather than transferring them to hemodialysis. Nevertheless, APD remains more expensive and technically complicated, thereby missing the beauty of CAPD's simplicity. Therefore we believe that APD has its role in an integrated approach and that all patients should be informed of its potential. It would, however, not be correct to present APD as the preferred PD method for all patients, as it also has some drawbacks that make it less suitable for some categories of patients. In all cases, patients should have a free and informed choice. PMID:12437538

  6. A performance verification of reach-through structure Si-APDs for scintillation spectroscopy

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    In this paper, we report the experimental results obtained with a combination of the APD (Avalanche Photodiode) and the CsI (Tl) scintillators, and also discuss the APD performance and compare the experimental results with the theoretically predicted optimum gains. (J.P.N.)

  7. Imaging performance of LabPET APD-based digital PET scanners for pre-clinical research

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    The LabPET is an avalanche photodiode (APD) based digital PET scanner with quasi-individual detector read-out and highly parallel electronic architecture for high-performance in vivo molecular imaging of small animals. The scanner is based on LYSO and LGSO scintillation crystals (2×2×12/14 mm3), assembled side-by-side in phoswich pairs read out by an APD. High spatial resolution is achieved through the individual and independent read-out of an individual APD detector for recording impinging annihilation photons. The LabPET exists in three versions, LabPET4 (3.75 cm axial length), LabPET8 (7.5 cm axial length) and LabPET12 (11.4 cm axial length). This paper focuses on the systematic characterization of the three LabPET versions using two different energy window settings to implement a high-efficiency mode (250–650 keV) and a high-resolution mode (350–650 keV) in the most suitable operating conditions. Prior to measurements, a global timing alignment of the scanners and optimization of the APD operating bias have been carried out. Characteristics such as spatial resolution, absolute sensitivity, count rate performance and image quality have been thoroughly investigated following the NEMA NU 4-2008 protocol. Phantom and small animal images were acquired to assess the scanners' suitability for the most demanding imaging tasks in preclinical biomedical research. The three systems achieve the same radial FBP spatial resolution at 5 mm from the field-of-view center: 1.65/3.40 mm (FWHM/FWTM) for an energy threshold of 250 keV and 1.51/2.97 mm for an energy threshold of 350 keV. The absolute sensitivity for an energy window of 250–650 keV is 1.4%/2.6%/4.3% for LabPET4/8/12, respectively. The best count rate performance peaking at 362 kcps is achieved by the LabPET12 with an energy window of 250–650 keV and a mouse phantom (2.5 cm diameter) at an activity of 2.4 MBq ml−1. With the same phantom, the scatter fraction for all scanners is about 17

  8. Development and Performance Studies of a Small Animal Positron Emission Tomograph with Individual Crystal Readout and Depth of Interaction Information and Studies of Novel Detector Technologies in Medical Imaging

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    2013-01-01

    The Munich Avalanche Diode PET-II is a positron emission tomograph for radiopharmaceutical studies in small animals. The detector architecture is based on individual readout of Lutetium Oxyorthosilicate (LSO) scintillation crystals by Avalanche Photodiodes (APD). A dual radial detector layer allows for extraction of depth of interaction information. Energy and time resolution have been investigated under various conditions with regard to readout electronics and temperature. A first animal stu...

  9. Development of a novel depth of interaction PET detector using highly multiplexed G-APD cross-strip encoding

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    Purpose: The aim of this study was to develop a prototype PET detector module for a combined small animal positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) system. The most important factor for small animal imaging applications is the detection sensitivity of the PET camera, which can be optimized by utilizing longer scintillation crystals. At the same time, small animal PET systems must yield a high spatial resolution. The measured object is very close to the PET detector because the bore diameter of a high field animal MR scanner is limited. When used in combination with long scintillation crystals, these small-bore PET systems generate parallax errors that ultimately lead to a decreased spatial resolution. Thus, we developed a depth of interaction (DoI) encoding PET detector module that has a uniform spatial resolution across the whole field of view (FOV), high detection sensitivity, compactness, and insensitivity to magnetic fields. Methods: The approach was based on Geiger mode avalanche photodiode (G-APD) detectors with cross-strip encoding. The number of readout channels was reduced by a factor of 36 for the chosen block elements. Two 12 × 2 G-APD strip arrays (25μm cells) were placed perpendicular on each face of a 12 × 12 lutetium oxyorthosilicate crystal block with a crystal size of 1.55 × 1.55 × 20 mm. The strip arrays were multiplexed into two channels and used to calculate the x, y coordinates for each array and the deposited energy. The DoI was measured in step sizes of 1.8 mm by a collimated 18F source. The coincident resolved time (CRT) was analyzed at all DoI positions by acquiring the waveform for each event and applying a digital leading edge discriminator. Results: All 144 crystals were well resolved in the crystal flood map. The average full width half maximum (FWHM) energy resolution of the detector was 12.8% ± 1.5% with a FWHM CRT of 1.14 ± 0.02 ns. The average FWHM DoI resolution over 12 crystals was 2.90 ± 0

  10. Development of a new photo-detector readout technique for PET and CT imaging

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    Powolny, François; Auffray, Etiennette; Dosanjh, Manjit; Jarron, Pierre; Kaplon, Jan; Lecoq, Paul; Meyer, T C; Trummer, Julia; Velitchko, Sandra

    2007-01-01

    In the framework of the European FP6's BioCare project, we develop a novel photo-detector readout technique to increase sensitivity and timing precision for molecular imaging in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computer Tomography (CT). Within the Project's work packages, the CERN-BioCare group focuses on the development of a PET detection head suitable to process data from both PET and CT operation in one unit. The detector module consists of a LSO matrix coupled to an APD array. The signal is processed by a fast and low noise readout electronics recently developed for experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The functioning of the individual system components and the performance of the entire readout channel are presented.

  11. Data compression for the First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope

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    Ahnen, M L; Bergmann, M; Biland, A; Bretz, T; Buß, J; Dorner, D; Einecke, S; Freiwald, J; Hempfling, C; Hildebrand, D; Hughes, G; Lustermann, W; Lyard, E; Mannheim, K; Meier, K; Mueller, S; Neise, D; Neronov, A; Overkemping, A -K; Paravac, A; Pauss, F; Rhode, W; Steinbring, T; Temme, F; Thaele, J; Toscano, S; Vogler, P; Walter, R; Wilbert, A

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    The First Geiger-mode Avalanche photodiode (G-APD) Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) has been operating on the Canary island of La Palma since October 2011. Operations were automated so that the system can be operated remotely. Manual interaction is required only when the observation schedule is modified due to weather conditions or in case of unexpected events such as a mechanical failure. Automatic operations enabled high data taking efficiency, which resulted in up to two terabytes of FITS files being recorded nightly and transferred from La Palma to the FACT archive at ISDC in Switzerland. Since long term storage of hundreds of terabytes of observations data is costly, data compression is mandatory. This paper discusses the design choices that were made to increase the compression ratio and speed of writing of the data with respect to existing compression algorithms. Following a more detailed motivation, the FACT compression algorithm along with the associated I/O layer is discussed. Eventually, the performances...

  12. Readout Architecture for Hybrid Pixel Readout Chips

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    The original contribution of this thesis to knowledge are novel digital readout architectures for hybrid pixel readout chips. The thesis presents asynchronous bus-based architecture, a data-node based column architecture and a network-based pixel matrix architecture for data transportation. It is shown that the data-node architecture achieves readout efficiency 99 % with half the output rate as a bus-based system. The network-based solution avoids ``broken'' columns due to some manufacturing errors, and it distributes internal data traffic more evenly across the pixel matrix than column-based architectures. An improvement of $>$ 10 % to the efficiency is achieved with uniform and non-uniform hit occupancies. Architectural design has been done using transaction level modeling ($TLM$) and sequential high-level design techniques for reducing the design and simulation time. It has been possible to simulate tens of column and full chip architectures using the high-level techniques. A decrease of $>$ 10 in run-time...

  13. Ultrahigh-sensitivity high-linearity photodetection system using a low-gain avalanche photodiode with an ultralow-noise readout circuit

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    Akiba, M; Sasaki, M; Akiba, Makoto; Fujiwara, Mikio; Sasaki, Masahide

    2005-01-01

    A highly sensitive photodetection system with a detection limit of 1 photon/s was developed. This system uses a commercially available 200-mm-diameter silicon avalanche photodiode (APD) and an in-house-developed ultralow-noise readout circuit, which are both cooled to 77 K. When the APD operates at a low gain of about 10, it has a high-linearity response to the number of incident photons and a low excess noise factor. The APD also has high quantum efficiency and a dark current of less than 1 e/s at 77 K. This photodetection system will shorten the measurement time and enable higher spatial and wavelength resolution for near-field scanning optical microscopes.

  14. X-ray and gamma ray detector readout system

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    Tumer, Tumay O; Clajus, Martin; Visser, Gerard

    2010-10-19

    A readout electronics scheme is under development for high resolution, compact PET (positron emission tomography) imagers based on LSO (lutetium ortho-oxysilicate, Lu.sub.2SiO.sub.5) scintillator and avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays. The key is to obtain sufficient timing and energy resolution at a low power level, less than about 30 mW per channel, including all required functions. To this end, a simple leading edge level crossing discriminator is used, in combination with a transimpedance preamplifier. The APD used has a gain of order 1,000, and an output noise current of several pA/ Hz, allowing bipolar technology to be used instead of CMOS, for increased speed and power efficiency. A prototype of the preamplifier and discriminator has been constructed, achieving timing resolution of 1.5 ns FWHM, 2.7 ns full width at one tenth maximum, relative to an LSO/PMT detector, and an energy resolution of 13.6% FWHM at 511 keV, while operating at a power level of 22 mW per channel. Work is in progress towards integration of this preamplifier and discriminator with appropriate coincidence logic and amplitude measurement circuits in an ASIC suitable for a high resolution compact PET instrument. The detector system and/or ASIC can also be used for many other applications for medical to industrial imaging.

  15. Ultra-low Noise, High Bandwidth, 1550nm HgCdTe APD Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Voxtel Inc. proposes to optimize the design of a large area, 1.55?m sensitive HgCdTe avalanche photodiode (APD) that achieves high gain with nearly no excess noise....

  16. Characterization on Geiger-mode operation of deep diffused silicon APDs

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    Johnson, Erik B.; Chen, Xiao J.; McClish, Mickel; Farrell, Richard; Vanderpuye, Kofi; Christian, James

    2015-08-01

    Avalanche photodiodes (APD) manufactured at RMD are fabricated using deep diffusion processes, resulting in a thick reach-through APD with excellent performance characteristics. These include a high quantum efficiency (Geiger behavior were dismissed. The low capacitance is conducive to developing large-area devices, and the large drift region allows for charge steering toward the high breakdown field region. These results provide initial data on the performance characteristics of RMD's APDs when operated in Geiger mode. Due to the thickness of these devices, they provide a high gain-bandwidth product for near IR single photon counting. A small area (~4 mm2) APD was biased beyond the reverse bias breakdown voltage (~1700 V at -50 C), where the device showed typical Geigermode behavior with a low dark count rate (Geiger probability at 5V excess bias was measured as 3%, which is consistent with simulations that suggest an excess bias of ~300 V is required for 100% Geiger probability.

  17. Multiple benefits of personal FM system use by children with auditory processing disorder (APD).

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    Johnston, Kristin N; John, Andrew B; Kreisman, Nicole V; Hall, James W; Crandell, Carl C

    2009-01-01

    Children with auditory processing disorders (APD) were fitted with Phonak EduLink FM devices for home and classroom use. Baseline measures of the children with APD, prior to FM use, documented significantly lower speech-perception scores, evidence of decreased academic performance, and psychosocial problems in comparison to an age- and gender-matched control group. Repeated measures during the school year demonstrated speech-perception improvement in noisy classroom environments as well as significant academic and psychosocial benefits. Compared with the control group, the children with APD showed greater speech-perception advantage with FM technology. Notably, after prolonged FM use, even unaided (no FM device) speech-perception performance was improved in the children with APD, suggesting the possibility of fundamentally enhanced auditory system function. PMID:19925345

  18. Comparison of Modulation Techniques for Underwater Optical Wireless Communication Employing APD Receivers

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    Full Text Available In this study, we theoretically analyze the performance of an underwater optical wireless communications system using different modulation techniques and an avalanche photodiode APD receiver over underwater environment channels. Based on the LOS geometrical model and combined with signal to noise ratio model for Si and Ge APD and BER; then the impact of the distance of transmission and power of the transmitter and Jerlov water type are analyzed. The characteristics of bit error rate BER for different optical modulation techniques are studied. Simulation results indicate that the performance of H-QAM is more suited for an underwater optical wireless communication. On the other hand, the suitability of avalanche photodiodes under these modulation techniques is discussed, because the photodiode Si APD has more advantages compared with Ge APD when used in an underwater optical communication.

  19. [Effect of low doses of oral pamidronate (APD) on the calcemia of osteopenic or osteoporotic patients].

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    Roldan, E J; Kerzberg, E M; Castelli, G; Lloret, A P

    1996-01-01

    Oral pamidronate (APD) at high doses (400-900 mg/day) is employed as antiresorptive agent for the treatment of Paget's disease. In some occasions hypocalcemia may occur, and is interpreted as a relative overdosage. To avoid this complication and the consequent PTH release, supplementation with calcium salts is recommended. In osteoporotic syndromes, APD is prescribed at a lower dosage (200 mg/day) and currently calcium or vitamin D are also systematically added. But at this low dose the antiresorptive activity is partial and transient. In order to observe the effects on calcemia of multiple therapy, data from 129 postmenopausal women with the diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis treated with 200 mg/day of APD soft capsules during 6-10 months, were gathered retrospectively. The first group (n: 13) received APD alone; the second group was supplemented with 1 g/day calcium salts (n: 61); the third group received 0.015-0.025 mg/day vitamina D (n: 10); and the fourth received both calcium plus vitamin D (n: 45). In samples of 24 h, urine, calcium, creatinine, hydroxyproline, and serum total calcium were measured before and after therapy. No hypocalcemia was detected. All groups, except the one treated with APD alone, showed a significant trend to increase their calcemia values between normal ranges (Table 1, 2). Only in one patient treated with APD + Ca + vitamin D, hypercalcemia was detected. Measuring HOP/Cr and Ca/Cr in urine as resorption markers, showed that 27% of the APD + Ca group and 33% of the APD + Ca + vitamin D group showed scant or any repercussion on mentioned resorption indexes, meaning that the response to APD could be hindered in those cases. In conclusion, while using low doses of oral APD, calcium salts should not be systematically recommended. There is no trend to hypocalcemia. Furthermore, calcium salts may favor drug interactions and so induce digestive side effects or poor responses. Calcium supplementation should be prescribed only on the

  20. Performance degradation of Geiger-mode APDs at cryogenic temperatures

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    Bondar, A; Dolgov, A; Shekhtman, L; Shemyakina, E; Sokolov, A; Breskin, A; Thers, D

    2014-01-01

    Two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors (CRADs) with THGEM multipliers, optically read out with Geiger-mode APDs (GAPDs), were proposed as potential technique for charge recording in rare-event experiments. In this work we report on the degradation of the GAPD performance at cryogenic temperatures revealed in the course of the study of two-phase CRAD in Ar, with combined THGEM/GAPD-matrix multiplier; the GAPDs recorded secondary scintillation photons from the THGEM holes in the Near Infrared. The degradation effect, namely the loss of the GAPD pulse amplitude, depended on the incident X-ray photon flux. The critical counting rate of photoelectrons produced at the 4.4 mm2 GAPD, degrading its performance at 87 K, was estimated as 10000 per second. This effect was shown to result from the considerable increase of the pixel quenching resistor of this CPTA-made GAPD type. Though not affecting low-rate rare-event experiments, the observed effect may impose some limitations on the performance of CRADs with GAPD-base...

  1. Characterization of three new members of the apidermin (apd) gene family from honeybees and sequence analysis of the insect APD family%蜜蜂表皮蛋白apidermin(apd)基因家族3个新成员的特性鉴定及昆虫APD家族序列特征的分析

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    孙亮先; 黄周英; 郑华军; 葛清秀; 龚丽萍; 陈怀宇

    2012-01-01

    The apidermin ( APD) protein family is a novel structural cuticular protein family of insects. To gain a better understanding of this protein family, by using bioinformatics and RT-PCR amplification, we identified three novel apd genes (apd-l-like, apd-3-like from Apis mellifera ligustica, and apd-2 from Apis cerana cerana) and investigated their structural features, and then we revealed the characteristic motifs of the APD family. The results showed that a cluster of six apd genes were tandemly arranged on chromosome 4 at Apis mellifera. These apd genes were differentially expressed in drone head of A. M. Ligustica, and their expression pattern was consistent with that of the cw-acting elements in their promoter sequences. The genomic DNA of apd-2 from A . C. Cerana and apd-1-like from A. M. Ligustica contain three exons and twointrons, while that of apd-3-like from A. M. Ligustica contain four exons and three introns. As the deduced proteins of the apd genes were analyzed, it was found that the presently available 10 APDs possess similar N-terminal signal peptide sequences. The mature APD proteins ranged in size from 6. 0 to 37. 0 kD, and their pi ranged from 6. 2 to 10. 8. Intriguingly, five small APD proteins, including APD-2 from A. Cerana, and APD 1-3 and APD-like from A. Mellifera, were rich in hydrophobic amino acid residues (52% -67% ) with Ala being the most abundant (25% -34% ). However, the other five larger APDs, includingAPD 1-3 from Nasonia vitripennis, and APD-1-like and APD-3-like from A. Mellifera, were Gly-rich (21%-30% ) proteins with hydrophobic amino acid residues constituting 35%-41% of their amino acid sequences. Multiple alignment and phylogenetic analysis revealed that the APD protein family could be classified into two subfamilies. Subfamily I , which contains four low complexity sequences ( APD 1-3from A. Mellifera and APD-2 from A. Cerana) , was characterized by a 33-aa N-terminal conserved motif. The other six larger APD proteins were

  2. A four-layer attenuation compensated PET detector based on APD arrays without discrete crystal elements

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    Scintillation detectors developed for PET traditionally use relatively thick crystals coupled to photomultiplier tubes. To ensure good efficiency the crystals typically measure between 10 and 30 mm thick. Detectors also require good spatial resolution so the scintillator is normally made up of a densely packed array of long thin crystals. In this paper, we present a novel design in which the detection crystal is divided into a number of layers along its length with an avalanche photo diode (APD) inserted between each layer. With thin layers of crystal, it is possible to use a continuous rather than a pixelated crystal. The potential advantages of this design over a conventional PMT-based detector are: (i) improved light collection efficiency, (ii) reduced dependency on dense crystal to achieve good stopping power, (iii) ease of crystal manufacture, (iv) reduced detector dead-time and increased count rate, and (v) inherent depth of interaction. We have built a four-layer detector to test this design concept using Hamamatsu S8550 APD arrays and LYSO crystals. We used the centre 16 pixels of each of the arrays to give an active area of 9.5 mm x 9.5 mm. Four crystals 9.5 mm x 9.5 mm were used with thickness increasing from 2 mm at the front to 2.5 mm, 3.1 mm and 4.3 mm at the back, to ensure a similar count rate in each layer. Calculations for the thickness of the four layers were initially made using the linear attenuation coefficient for photons at 511 keV of LYSO. Experimental results and further simulation demonstrated that a correction to the thickness of each layer should be considered to take into account the scattered events. The energy resolution for each of the layers at 511 keV was around 15%, coincidence-timing resolution was 2.2 ns and the special resolution was less than 2 mm using a statistical-based positioning algorithm

  3. A four-layer attenuation compensated PET detector based on APD arrays without discrete crystal elements.

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    McCallum, Stephen; Clowes, Peter; Welch, Andrew

    2005-09-01

    Scintillation detectors developed for PET traditionally use relatively thick crystals coupled to photomultiplier tubes. To ensure good efficiency the crystals typically measure between 10 and 30 mm thick. Detectors also require good spatial resolution so the scintillator is normally made up of a densely packed array of long thin crystals. In this paper, we present a novel design in which the detection crystal is divided into a number of layers along its length with an avalanche photo diode (APD) inserted between each layer. With thin layers of crystal, it is possible to use a continuous rather than a pixelated crystal. The potential advantages of this design over a conventional PMT-based detector are: (i) improved light collection efficiency, (ii) reduced dependency on dense crystal to achieve good stopping power, (iii) ease of crystal manufacture, (iv) reduced detector dead-time and increased count rate, and (v) inherent depth of interaction. We have built a four-layer detector to test this design concept using Hamamatsu S8550 APD arrays and LYSO crystals. We used the centre 16 pixels of each of the arrays to give an active area of 9.5 mm x 9.5 mm. Four crystals 9.5 mm x 9.5 mm were used with thickness increasing from 2 mm at the front to 2.5 mm, 3.1 mm and 4.3 mm at the back, to ensure a similar count rate in each layer. Calculations for the thickness of the four layers were initially made using the linear attenuation coefficient for photons at 511 keV of LYSO. Experimental results and further simulation demonstrated that a correction to the thickness of each layer should be considered to take into account the scattered events. The energy resolution for each of the layers at 511 keV was around 15%, coincidence-timing resolution was 2.2 ns and the special resolution was less than 2 mm using a statistical-based positioning algorithm. PMID:16177539

  4. Four Closely-related RING-type E3 Ligases, APD1-4,are Involved in Pollen Mitosis Ⅱ Regulation in Arabidopsis

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    Guo Luo; Hongya Gu; Jingjing Liu; Li-Jia Qu

    2012-01-01

    Ubiquitination of proteins is one of the critical regulatory mechanisms in eukaryotes.In higher plants,protein ubiquitination plays an essential role in many biological processes,including hormone signaling,photomorphogenesis,and pathogen defense.However,the roles of protein ubiquitination in the reproductive process are not clear.In this study,we identified four plant-specific RING-finger genes designated (A)berrant (P)ollen (D)evelopment (1) (APD1) to APD4,as regulators of pollen mitosis Ⅱ (PMII) in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.).The apd1 apd2 double mutant showed a significantly increased percentage of bicellular-like pollen at the mature pollen stage.Further downregulation of the APD3 and APD4 transcripts in apd1 apd2 by RNA interference (RNAi) resulted in more severe abnormal bicellular-like pollen phenotypes than in apd1 apd2,suggesting that cell division was defective in male gametogenesis.All of the four genes were expressed in multiple stages at different levels during male gametophyte development.Confocal analysis using green florescence fusion proteins (GFP) GFP-APD1 and GFP-APD2 showed that APDs are associated with intracellular membranes.Furthermore,APD2 had E2-dependent E3 ligase activity in vitro,and five APD2-interacting proteins were identified.Our results suggest that these four genes may be involved,redundantly,in regulating the PMII process during male gametogenesis.

  5. Methods to extract more light from minute scintillation crystals used in an ultra-high resolution positron emission tomography detector

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    Levin, Craig S. E-mail: clevin@stanford.edu; Habte, Frezghi; Foudray, Angela M

    2004-07-11

    Recently, there has been great interest in developing finely pixellated position-sensitive scintillation detectors for ultra-high-resolution Positron Emission Tomography (PET) systems designed for breast cancer detection, diagnosis, and staging and for imaging small laboratory animals. We are developing a different high-resolution PET detector design that promotes nearly complete scintillation light collection in {<=}1 mm wide, >10 mm thick lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) crystals. The design requires the use of semiconductor photodetector arrays in novel configurations that significantly improve the light collection aspect ratio for minute crystals. To reduce design complexity and dead area we are investigating the use of 1 mm thick sheets of LSO in addition to discrete crystal rods, and the use of position-sensitive avalanche photodiodes (PSAPDs) which require only four readout channels per device, in addition to pixellated APD arrays. Using a 1 mm thick scintillation crystal sheet coupled to a finely pixellated APD array results in a pseudo-discrete response to flood irradiation: due to a very narrow light spread function in the thin sheet we observe sharp (<1 mm wide) peaks in sensitivity centered at the APD pixel locations in a very linear fashion all the way out to the crystal edge. We measured an energy resolution of 13.7% FWHM at 511 keV for a 1 mm LSO crystal coupled to two APD pixels. Using a 1 mm thick crystal sheet coupled to a PSAPD the response to flood and edge-on irradiation with a {sup 22}Na point source shows a compressed dynamic range compared to that observed with discrete crystals or direct X-ray irradiation. With a discrete LSO crystal array the flood response is peaked at the crystal location where light is focused onto one spot on the PSAPD. We observed strong pin-cushioning effects in all PSAPD measurements. All LSO-PSAPD configurations studied had high aspect ratio for light collection and achieved energy resolutions {<=}12% FWHM at 511 keV.

  6. Methods to extract more light from minute scintillation crystals used in an ultra-high resolution positron emission tomography detector

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    Levin, Craig S.; Habte, Frezghi; Foudray, Angela M.

    2004-07-01

    Recently, there has been great interest in developing finely pixellated position-sensitive scintillation detectors for ultra-high-resolution Positron Emission Tomography (PET) systems designed for breast cancer detection, diagnosis, and staging and for imaging small laboratory animals. We are developing a different high-resolution PET detector design that promotes nearly complete scintillation light collection in ⩽1 mm wide, >10 mm thick lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) crystals. The design requires the use of semiconductor photodetector arrays in novel configurations that significantly improve the light collection aspect ratio for minute crystals. To reduce design complexity and dead area we are investigating the use of 1 mm thick sheets of LSO in addition to discrete crystal rods, and the use of position-sensitive avalanche photodiodes (PSAPDs) which require only four readout channels per device, in addition to pixellated APD arrays. Using a 1 mm thick scintillation crystal sheet coupled to a finely pixellated APD array results in a pseudo-discrete response to flood irradiation: due to a very narrow light spread function in the thin sheet we observe sharp (<1 mm wide) peaks in sensitivity centered at the APD pixel locations in a very linear fashion all the way out to the crystal edge. We measured an energy resolution of 13.7% FWHM at 511 keV for a 1 mm LSO crystal coupled to two APD pixels. Using a 1 mm thick crystal sheet coupled to a PSAPD the response to flood and edge-on irradiation with a 22Na point source shows a compressed dynamic range compared to that observed with discrete crystals or direct X-ray irradiation. With a discrete LSO crystal array the flood response is peaked at the crystal location where light is focused onto one spot on the PSAPD. We observed strong pin-cushioning effects in all PSAPD measurements. All LSO-PSAPD configurations studied had high aspect ratio for light collection and achieved energy resolutions ⩽12% FWHM at 511 keV.

  7. Expected radiation damage of reverse-type APDs for the Astro-H mission

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    Kataoka, J.; Saito, T.; Yoshino, M.; Mizoma, H.; Nakamori, T.; Yatsu, Y.; Ishikawa, Y.; Matsunaga, Y.; Tajima, H.; Kokubun, M.; Edwards, P. G.

    2012-06-01

    Scheduled for launch in 2014, Astro-H is the sixth Japanese X-ray astronomy satellite mission. More than 60 silicon avalanche photodiodes (Si-APDs; hereafter APDs) will be used to read out BGO scintillators, which are implemented to generate a veto signal to reduce background contamination for the hard X-ray imager (HXI) and a soft gamma-ray detector (SGD). To date, however, APDs have rarely been used in space experiments. Moreover, strict environmental tests are necessary to guarantee APD performance for missions expected to extend beyond five years. The radiation hardness of APDs, as for most semiconductors, is particularly crucial, since radiation in the space environment is severe. In this paper, we present the results of radiation tests conducted on reverse-type APDs (provided by Hamamatsu Photonics) irradiated by gamma rays (60Co) and 150 MeV protons. We show that, even under the same 100 Gy dose, high energy protons can cause displacement (bulk) damage in the depletion region and possibly change the activation energy, whereas gamma-ray irradiation is less prone to cause damage, because ionization damage dominates only the surface region. We also present quantitative guidance on how to estimate APD noise deterioration over a range of temperatures and radiation doses. As a practical example, we discuss the expected degradation of the BGO energy threshold for the generation of veto signals, following several years of Astro-H operation in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), and directly compare it to experimental results obtained using a small BGO crystal.

  8. Self-triggering readout system for the neutron lifetime experiment PENeLOPE

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    Gaisbauer, D.; Bai, Y.; Konorov, I.; Paul, S.; Steffen, D.

    2016-02-01

    PENeLOPE is a neutron lifetime measurement developed at the Technische Universität München and located at the Forschungs-Neutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II) aiming to achieve a precision of 0.1 seconds. The detector for PENeLOPE consists of about 1250 Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) with a total active area of 1225 cm2. The decay proton detector and electronics will be operated at a high electrostatic potential of -30 kV and a magnetic field of 0.6 T. This includes shaper, preamplifier, ADC and FPGA cards. In addition, the APDs will be cooled to 77 K. The 1250 APDs are divided into 14 groups of 96 channels, including spares. A 12-bit ADC digitizes the detector signals with 1 MSps. A firmware was developed for the detector including a self-triggering readout with continuous pedestal calculation and configurable signal detection. The data transmission and configuration is done via the Switched Enabling Protocol (SEP). It is a time-division multiplexing low layer protocol which provides determined latency for time critical messages, IPBus, and JTAG interfaces. The network has a n:1 topology, reducing the number of optical links.

  9. The controIIing of InGaAs avaIanche photodiode with Geiger mode in Raman distributed temperature sensing system%分布式拉曼测温系统中 APD 盖革模式控制

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    许卫鹏; 韩广源; 杨世强; 李云亭; 张明江

    2015-01-01

    The gain characteristic of avalanche photodiode(APD)in Geiger mode in the distributed Raman optical fiber tempera-ture sensing is analyzed to realize the detection and response of the weak Raman backscattering.We also design a temperature and bias voltage of APD control system,ensuring that it can be operating in Geiger mode steadily in the long term.In the experi-ments,the influence of external temperature,voltage and dark current on the gain of the APD are investigated.It is shown that the amplified light current in the maximum gain can be got by control the converse voltage and the external temperature of APD. A system is designed to control the temperature and the bias voltage of APD using the microcontroller of STM32.The APD can be precisely worked in Geiger-Mode through adjusting the temperature and bias voltage synchronously.%研究分布式拉曼光纤测温系统中雪崩光电二极管(avalanche photo diode,APD)于盖革模式的增益特性,以实现对微弱后向拉曼散射光的探测与响应。设计了 APD 的温度偏压控制系统,确保其可以长期稳定地工作于盖革模式。实验研究了 APD暗电流和偏置电压,以及外界温度对其增益的影响。结果表明,可以通过调节 APD 的偏置电压和工作温度,使其达到最大增益,即工作在盖革模式。利用 STM32单片机,设计了 APD 温度偏压控制系统,通过精密控制温度变化,同步改变 APD 两端偏压的变化,进而可将 APD 准确控制于盖革模式。

  10. Dual-readout Calorimetry

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    Akchurin, N; Cardini, A.; Cascella, M.; Cei, F.; De Pedis, D.; Fracchia, S.; Franchino, S.; Fraternali, M.; Gaudio, G.; Genova, P.; Hauptman, J.; La Rotonda, L.; Lee, S.; Livan, M.; Meoni, E.; Moggi, A.; Pinci, D.; Policicchio, A.; Saraiva, J.G.; Sill, A.; Venturelli, T.; Wigmans, R.

    2013-01-01

    The RD52 Project at CERN is a pure instrumentation experiment whose goal is to un- derstand the fundamental limitations to hadronic energy resolution, and other aspects of energy measurement, in high energy calorimeters. We have found that dual-readout calorimetry provides heretofore unprecedented information event-by-event for energy resolution, linearity of response, ease and robustness of calibration, fidelity of data, and particle identification, including energy lost to binding energy in nuclear break-up. We believe that hadronic energy resolutions of {\\sigma}/E $\\approx$ 1 - 2% are within reach for dual-readout calorimeters, enabling for the first time comparable measurement preci- sions on electrons, photons, muons, and quarks (jets). We briefly describe our current progress and near-term future plans. Complete information on all aspects of our work is available at the RD52 website http://highenergy.phys.ttu.edu/dream/.

  11. Portable multichannel multiwavelength near-infrared diffusive light imager

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    Chen, Nan Guang; Xia, Hongjun; Piao, Daqing; Zhu, Quing

    2003-07-01

    We have developed a near infrared optical tomography system features fast optical switching, three-wavelength excitations, and avalanche photodiode (APD) detectors with a high dynamic range. Pigtailed laser diodes at 660, 780, and 830 nm are used as light sources and their outputs are distributed sequentially to one of nine source fibers. The crosstalk between source channels is around 65 dB, equivalent to 130 dB in opto-electrical signals. 10 Silicon APD"s detect diffusive photon density waves simultaneously. The dynamic range of an APD is several orders higher than that of a photomultiplier tube (PMT), which eliminates the need of multi-step system gain control. However, the internal gain of the APD we are using is about 3 orders lower than an ordinary PMT. Efforts have been made to suppress the feed through interferences from the transmission part to the reception part so as to reduce the errors in amplitude and phase measurements.

  12. Medipix2 parallel readout system

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    Fanti, V.; Marzeddu, R.; Randaccio, P.

    2003-08-01

    A fast parallel readout system based on a PCI board has been developed in the framework of the Medipix collaboration. The readout electronics consists of two boards: the motherboard directly interfacing the Medipix2 chip, and the PCI board with digital I/O ports 32 bits wide. The device driver and readout software have been developed at low level in Assembler to allow fast data transfer and image reconstruction. The parallel readout permits a transfer rate up to 64 Mbytes/s. http://medipix.web.cern ch/MEDIPIX/

  13. ODA and Military Expenditure | APD et dépenses militaires

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available ODA and Military Expenditure by DAC Members (in Million USD, 2008APD et dépenses militaires des pays membres du CAD (en millions USD, 2008Sources: OECD, DAC; SIPRI Military Expenditure Database.Net ODA Receipts and Military Expenditure in Selected Countries (in Million USD, 2008Recettes nettes d’APD et dépenses militaires d’une sélection de pays (en millions USD, 2008Sources: OECD, Development Co-operation Report 2010, Statistical Annex, Table 25; SIPRI Military Expenditure Database.

  14. Automatic readout micrometer

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    A measuring system is disclosed for surveying and very accurately positioning objects with respect to a reference line. A principal use of this surveying system is for accurately aligning the electromagnets which direct a particle beam emitted from a particle accelerator. Prior art surveying systems require highly skilled surveyors. Prior art systems include, for example, optical surveying systems which are susceptible to operator reading errors, and celestial navigation-type surveying systems, with their inherent complexities. The present invention provides an automatic readout micrometer which can very accurately measure distances. The invention has a simplicity of operation which practically eliminates the possibilities of operator optical reading error, owning to the elimination of traditional optical alignments for making measurements. The invention has an extendable arm which carries a laser surveying target. The extendable arm can be continuously positioned over its entire length of travel by either a coarse or fine adjustment without having the fine adjustment outrun the coarse adjustment until a reference laser beam is centered on the target as indicated by a digital readout. The length of the micrometer can then be accurately and automatically read by a computer and compared with a standardized set of alignment measurements. Due to its construction, the micrometer eliminates any errors due to temperature changes when the system is operated within a standard operating temperature range

  15. 45 CFR 1355.56 - Failure to meet the conditions of the approved APD.

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    2010-10-01

    ... HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES THE ADMINISTRATION ON CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES, FOSTER CARE MAINTENANCE PAYMENTS, ADOPTION ASSISTANCE, AND CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES...) If the approval of an APD is suspended during the planning, design, development, installation,...

  16. MBE based HgCdTe APDs and 3D LADAR sensors

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    Jack, Michael; Asbrock, Jim; Bailey, Steven; Baley, Diane; Chapman, George; Crawford, Gina; Drafahl, Betsy; Herrin, Eileen; Kvaas, Robert; McKeag, William; Randall, Valerie; De Lyon, Terry; Hunter, Andy; Jensen, John; Roberts, Tom; Trotta, Patrick; Cook, T. Dean

    2007-04-01

    Raytheon is developing HgCdTe APD arrays and sensor chip assemblies (SCAs) for scanning and staring LADAR systems. The nonlinear characteristics of APDs operating in moderate gain mode place severe requirements on layer thickness and doping uniformity as well as defect density. MBE based HgCdTe APD arrays, engineered for high performance, meet the stringent requirements of low defects, excellent uniformity and reproducibility. In situ controls for alloy composition and substrate temperature have been implemented at HRL, LLC and Raytheon Vision Systems and enable consistent run to run results. The novel epitaxial designed using separate absorption-multiplication (SAM) architectures enables the realization of the unique advantages of HgCdTe including: tunable wavelength, low-noise, high-fill factor, low-crosstalk, and ambient operation. Focal planes built by integrating MBE detectors arrays processed in a 2 x 128 format have been integrated with 2 x 128 scanning ROIC designed. The ROIC reports both range and intensity and can detect multiple laser returns with each pixel autonomously reporting the return. FPAs show exceptionally good bias uniformity China Lake. Excellent spatial and range resolution has been achieved with 3D imagery demonstrated both at short range and long range. Ongoing development under an Air Force Sponsored MANTECH program of high performance HgCdTe MBE APDs grown on large silicon wafers promise significant FPA cost reduction both by increasing the number of arrays on a given wafer and enabling automated processing.

  17. Characterization of Large Area APDs for the EXO-200 Detector

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    Neilson, R.; LePort, F.; Pocar, A.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.; Kumar, K.; /Massachusetts U., Amherst; Odian, A.; Prescott, C.Y.; /SLAC; Tenev, V.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.; Ackerman, N.; /SLAC; Akimov, D.; /Moscow, ITEP; Auger, M.; /Bern U., LHEP; Benitez-Medina, C.; /Colorado State U.; Breidenbach, M.; /SLAC; Burenkov, A.; /Moscow, ITEP; Conley, R.; /SLAC; Cook, S.; /Colorado State U.; deVoe, R.; Dolinski, M.J.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.; Fairbank, W., Jr.; /Colorado State U.; Farine, J.; /Laurentian U.; Fierlinger, P.; Flatt, B.; /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Bern U., LHEP /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Maryland U. /Colorado State U. /Laurentian U. /Carleton U. /SLAC /Maryland U. /Moscow, ITEP /Alabama U. /SLAC /Colorado State U. /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Alabama U. /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Alabama U. /SLAC /Carleton U. /SLAC /Maryland U. /Moscow, ITEP /Carleton U. /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Bern U., LHEP /SLAC /Laurentian U. /SLAC /Maryland U.

    2011-12-02

    EXO-200 uses 468 large area avalanche photodiodes (LAAPDs) for detection of scintillation light in an ultra-low-background liquid xenon (LXe) detector. We describe initial measurements of dark noise, gain and response to xenon scintillation light of LAAPDs at temperatures from room temperature to 169 K - the temperature of liquid xenon. We also describe the individual characterization of more than 800 LAAPDs for selective installation in the EXO-200 detector.

  18. Readout electronics for TPC

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    New readout electronics for Time projection chambers used on Fragment Separator at CSI Darmstadt has been built. The electronics fulfill all the demands for highly sophisticated coordinate detectors time projection chambers. A special NIM module was developed for 6 channels of time projection chambers. 'Ampl./Disc. Time projection chambers Module' contains linear amplifier-shaper with adjustable gain of 4-30 and the maximum output signal of 8 V. It contains also Zero-crosser discriminator, timing on the signal maximum with adjustable threshold 50 mV-1 V. A digital delay up to 1 μs and NIM-ECL adapter are included in each channel. New electronic module was used instead of several conventional modules in many experiments on study of exotic nuclei on Fragment Separator. The electronics is characterized by high performance and reliability. (Authors)

  19. A method to stabilize the temperature dependent performance of G-APD arrays

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    Huh, Yoonsuk [Molecular Imaging Research and Education (MiRe) Laboratory, Department of Electronic Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Sungkyunkwan University, School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Choi, Yong; Ho Jung, Jin; Jung, Jiwoong [Molecular Imaging Research and Education (MiRe) Laboratory, Department of Electronic Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-02-01

    This paper presents a compensation method to stabilize the temperature dependent performance of Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiode (G-APD) arrays for Positron Emission Tomography (PET). The compensation method is used to identify the bias voltage range that provides stable performance even at different temperatures using the G-APD’s characteristics, and to control the photo-peak variation as a function of temperature using the preamplifier gain within the identified bias voltage range. A pair of G-APD detectors and temperature sensors were located in the temperature chamber and the preamplifiers which can control the gain of the detectors using the digital potentiometer were positioned outside the chamber. The performance of the G-APD detector, especially energy resolution and coincidence timing resolution, was characterized as a function of bias voltage at different temperatures from 20 °C to 40 °C at 5 °C increments; the energy resolution, coincidence timing resolution, and photo-peak position of all channels of G-APD PET detectors before and after the preamplifier gain correction were then measured and compared. The results of this study demonstrated that the optimal bias voltage range providing the good energy and coincidence timing resolution, 12.1±1.2% and 1.30±0.09 ns, respectively, could be identified at the temperature range and the photo-peak variation and the performance at different temperatures could be stabilized by adjusting the preamplifier gain within the identified bias voltage range. We concluded the proposed method to be reliable and useful for the development of the PET system using G-APD arrays.

  20. PAUCam readout electronics assembly, integration and test (AIT)

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    Jiménez, Jorge; Illa, José M.; Cardiel-Sas, Laia; de Vicente, Juan; Castilla, Javier; Casas, Ricard

    2014-08-01

    The PAUCam is an optical camera with an array of 18 CCDs (Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.) and up to 45 narrow and broad band filters. The camera will be installed on the William Herschel Telescope (WHT) in the Canary Islands, Spain. In order to fulfill with the specifications for the camera readout system, it was necessary to test the different readout electronics subsystems individually before to integrate the final readout work package, which is composed of 4 MONSOON (NOAO) front-ends, 6 fan out boards (MIX), each one driving up to 5 CCDs signals and a pre-amplification stage (PREAMP) located inside the cryostat. To get the subsystems integration, it was built a small camera prototype using the same technology as used in the main camera: a carbon fiber cryostat refrigerated by a cryotiger cooling system but with capacity to allocate just 2 CCDs, which were readout and re-characterized to measure the electronics performance as conversion factor or gain, readout noise, stability, linearity, etc. while the cross-talk was measured by using a spot-light. The aim of this paper is to review the whole process of assembly, integration and test (AIT) of the readout electronics work package and present the main results to demonstrate the viability of the proposed systems to be use with the PAUCam camera.

  1. Timing and Readout Contorl in the LHCb Upgraded Readout System

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    Alessio, Federico

    2016-01-01

    In 2019, the LHCb experiment at CERN will undergo a major upgrade where its detectors electronics and entire readout system will be changed to read-out events at the full LHC rate of 40 MHz. In this paper, the new timing, trigger and readout control system for such upgrade is reviewed. Particular attention is given to the distribution of the clock, timing and synchronization information across the entire readout system using generic FTTH technology like Passive Optical Networks. Moreover the system will be responsible to generically control the Front-End electronics by transmitting configuration data and receiving monitoring data, offloading the software control system from the heavy task of manipulating complex protocols of thousands of Front-End electronics devices. The way in which this was implemented is here reviewed with a description of results from first implementations of the system, including usages in test-benches, implementation of techniques for timing distribution and latency control."

  2. Extruded plastic counters with WLS fiber readout

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    Kudenko, Yu G; Mayatski, V A; Mineev, O V; Yershov, N V

    2001-01-01

    Extruded plastic scintillation counters with WLS fiber readout are described. For a 7 mm thick counter with 4.3 m long double-clad fibers spaced at 7 mm a light yield of 18.7 photoelectrons/MeV and a time resolution of 0.71 ns (sigma) were obtained. A prototype photon veto module consisting of 10 layers of 7 mm thick grooved plastic slabs interleaved with 1 mm lead sheets was also tested, which yielded 122 photoelectrons per minimum ionizing particle and time resolution of 360 ps.

  3. Thermopile Area Array Readout Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — NASA/JPL thermopile detector linear arrays, wire bonded to Black Forest Engineering (BFE) CMOS readout integrated circuits (ROICs), have been utilized in NASA...

  4. Design and Operation of FACT -- The First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope

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    Anderhub, H; Biland, A; Boccone, V; Braun, I; Bretz, T; Buß, J; Cadoux, F; Commichau, V; Djambazov, L; Dorner, D; Einecke, S; Eisenacher, D; Gendotti, A; Grimm, O; von Gunten, H; Haller, C; Hildebrand, D; Horisberger, U; Huber, B; Kim, K -S; Knoetig, M L; K"ohne, J H; Kr"ahenb"uhl, T; Krumm, B; Lee, M; Lorenz, E; Lustermann, W; Lyard, E; Mannheim, K; Meharga, M; Meier, K; Montaruli, T; Neise, D; Nessi-Tedaldi, F; Overkemping, A -K; Paravac, A; Pauss, F; Renker, D; Rhode, W; Ribordy, M; R"oser, U; Stucki, J -P; Schneider, J; Steinbring, T; Temme, F; Thaele, J; Tobler, S; Viertel, G; Vogler, P; Walter, R; Warda, K; Weitzel, Q; Z"anglein, M

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    The First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) is designed to detect cosmic gamma-rays with energies from several hundred GeV up to about 10 TeV using the Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Technique. In contrast to former or existing telescopes, the camera of the FACT telescope is comprised of solid-state Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiodes (G-APD) instead of photomultiplier tubes for photo detection. It is the first full-scale device of its kind employing this new technology. The telescope is operated at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos (La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain) since fall 2011. This paper describes in detail the design, construction and operation of the system, including hardware and software aspects. Technical experiences gained after one year of operation are discussed and conclusions with regard to future projects are drawn.

  5. FACT-The first Cherenkov telescope using a G-APD camera for TeV gamma-ray astronomy

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    Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiodes (G-APD) bear the potential to significantly improve the sensitivity of Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescopes (IACT). We are currently building the First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) by refurbishing an old IACT with a mirror area of 9.5 square meters and are constructing a new, fine-pixelized camera using novel G-APDs. The main goal is to evaluate the performance of a complete system by observing very high energy gamma-rays from the Crab Nebula. This is an important field test to check the feasibility of G-APD-based cameras to replace at some time the PMT-based cameras of planned future IACTs like AGIS and CTA. In this article, we present the basic design of such a camera as well as some important details.

  6. New avalanche photo diode readout of the Crystal-Barrel-Experiment at ELSA

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    The Crystal-Barrel-Experiment at ELSA in Bonn is a photo production experiment in hadron spectroscopy. The setup features nearly 4π-coverage with electromagnetic calorimeters and is optimized for the detection of multi-photon final states to measure double polarization observables. One main aspect of the upcoming upgrades of the Crystal Barrel Experiment is concerned with extending the 1st level trigger capability from the forward direction to the whole calorimeter. This step will significantly widen the trigger acceptance for neutral reaction channels and substantially help to suppress electromagnetic background. Currently several different approaches are evaluated one of which is a new readout via avalanche photo diodes (APDs). In this approach a dual readout is the favoured solution. One readout branch provides a fast timing signal for trigger decisions while the other branch is optimized for energy resolution. The energy branch is fed into a flash ADC for digital feature extraction. In this talk the current status and first results from a test beam time are presented.

  7. MPPC versus MRS APD in two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors

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    Two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors (CRADs) with combined THGEM/GAPD multiplier have become an emerging potential technique for dark matter search and coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments. In such a multiplier the THGEM hole avalanches are optically recorded in the Near Infrared (NIR) using a matrix of Geiger-mode APDs (GAPDs). To select the proper sensor, the performances of six GAPD types manufactured by different companies, namely by Hamamatsu (MPPCs), CPTA (MRS APDs) and SensL (SiPMs), have been comparatively studied at cryogenic temperatures when operated in two-phase CRADs in Ar at 87 K. While the GAPDs with ceramic packages failed to operate properly at cryogenic temperatures, those with plastic packages, namely MPPC S10931-100P and MRS APD 149-35, showed satisfactory performances at 87 K. In addition, MPPC S10931-100P turned out to be superior in terms of the higher detection efficiency, lower noise rate, lower pixel quenching resistor and better characteristics reproducibility

  8. Performance Analysis of OCDMA Based on AND Detection in FTTH Access Network Using PIN & APD Photodiodes

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    Aldouri, Muthana; Aljunid, S. A.; Ahmad, R. Badlishah; Fadhil, Hilal A.

    2011-06-01

    In order to comprise between PIN photo detector and avalanche photodiodes in a system used double weight (DW) code to be a performance of the optical spectrum CDMA in FTTH network with point-to-multi-point (P2MP) application. The performance of PIN against APD is compared through simulation by using opt system software version 7. In this paper we used two networks designed as follows one used PIN photo detector and the second using APD photo diode, both two system using with and without erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA). It is found that APD photo diode in this system is better than PIN photo detector for all simulation results. The conversion used a Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) wavelength converter. Also we are study, the proposing a detection scheme known as AND subtraction detection technique implemented with fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) act as encoder and decoder. This FBG is used to encode and decode the spectral amplitude coding namely double weight (DW) code in Optical Code Division Multiple Access (OCDMA). The performances are characterized through bit error rate (BER) and bit rate (BR) also the received power at various bit rate.

  9. MPPC versus MRS APD in two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors

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    Bondar, A; Dolgov, A; Shemyakina, E; Sokolov, A

    2015-01-01

    Two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors (CRADs) with combined THGEM/GAPD multiplier have become an emerging potential technique for dark matter search and coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering experiments. In such a multiplier the THGEM hole avalanches are optically recorded in the Near Infrared (NIR) using a matrix of Geiger-mode APDs (GAPDs). To select the proper sensor, the performances of six GAPD types manufactured by different companies, namely by Hamamatsu (MPPCs), CPTA (MRS APDs) and SensL (SiPMs), have been comparatively studied at cryogenic temperatures when operated in two-phase CRADs in Ar at 87 K. While the GAPDs with ceramic packages failed to operate properly at cryogenic temperatures, those with plastic packages, namely MPPC S10931-100P and MRS APD 149-35, showed satisfactory performances at 87 K. In addition, MPPC S10931-100P turned out to be superior in terms of the higher detection efficiency, lower nose rate, lower pixel quenching resistor and better characteristics reproducibility.

  10. MPPC versus MRS APD in two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors

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    Bondar, A.; Buzulutskov, A.; Dolgov, A.; Shemyakina, E.; Sokolov, A.; Bondar, A.; Buzulutskov, A.; Dolgov, A.; Shemyakina, E.; Sokolov, A.

    2015-04-01

    Two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors (CRADs) with combined THGEM/GAPD multiplier have become an emerging potential technique for dark matter search and coherent neu\\-tri\\-no-nucleus scattering experiments. In such a multiplier the THGEM hole avalanches are optically recorded in the Near Infrared (NIR) using a matrix of Geiger-mode APDs (GAPDs). To select the proper sensor, the performances of six GAPD types manufactured by different companies, namely by Hamamatsu (MPPCs), CPTA (MRS APDs) and SensL (SiPMs), have been comparatively studied at cryogenic temperatures when operated in two-phase CRADs in Ar at 87 K. While the GAPDs with ceramic packages failed to operate properly at cryogenic temperatures, those with plastic packages, namely MPPC S10931-100P and MRS APD 149-35, showed satisfactory performances at 87 K. In addition, MPPC S10931-100P turned out to be superior in terms of the higher detection efficiency, lower noise rate, lower pixel quenching resistor and better characteristics reproducibility.

  11. Development of optical switching readout X-ray detector for high-speed imaging

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    In this study, we demonstrated the feasibility of an X-ray detector with a dual amorphous-selenium (a-Se) layer using an optical switching readout for high-speed X-ray imaging. The X-ray detector consists of a negative voltage bias electrode; a thick a-Se layer for the photoelectric conversion of X-ray photons; an As2Se3 layer employed as an electron-trapping layer for accumulating latent images; a thin a-Se layer for optical readout; alternate opaque and transparent electrodes; and an optical light source for the optical switching readout. The line light of the optical light source, which has a peak wavelength of 470 nm, is operated line by line using electrical scanning for high-speed X-ray imaging. The developed X-ray detector has a pixel pitch of 200 μm with 512 channels. -- Highlights: •The feasibility of X-ray detector for high-speed imaging was demonstrated. •An a-Se was used for optical switching layer for signal charge readout. •As2Se3 layer was employed as electron-trapping layer for accumulating latent images. •The surface light source of blue lights was fabricated for optical switching readout. •The 2D array of readout light can be emitted linearly and scanned electrically line by line

  12. Development of optical switching readout X-ray detector for high-speed imaging

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    Kim, Ryun Kyung, E-mail: rkkim@keri.re.kr [Advanced Medical Device Research Center, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Ansan-si (Korea, Republic of); Jeon, Sung Chae [Advanced Medical Device Research Center, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Ansan-si (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jung-Seok [Advanced Research Group, DRTECH Corporation, Seongnam-si (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Ho-Jun [School of Electrical Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Heo, Duchang; Cha, Bo Kyung; Seo, Chang-Woo [Advanced Medical Device Research Center, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Ansan-si (Korea, Republic of); Moon, B.J.; Yoon, J.K. [Advanced Research Group, DRTECH Corporation, Seongnam-si (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-12-11

    In this study, we demonstrated the feasibility of an X-ray detector with a dual amorphous-selenium (a-Se) layer using an optical switching readout for high-speed X-ray imaging. The X-ray detector consists of a negative voltage bias electrode; a thick a-Se layer for the photoelectric conversion of X-ray photons; an As{sub 2}Se{sub 3} layer employed as an electron-trapping layer for accumulating latent images; a thin a-Se layer for optical readout; alternate opaque and transparent electrodes; and an optical light source for the optical switching readout. The line light of the optical light source, which has a peak wavelength of 470 nm, is operated line by line using electrical scanning for high-speed X-ray imaging. The developed X-ray detector has a pixel pitch of 200 μm with 512 channels. -- Highlights: •The feasibility of X-ray detector for high-speed imaging was demonstrated. •An a-Se was used for optical switching layer for signal charge readout. •As{sub 2}Se{sub 3} layer was employed as electron-trapping layer for accumulating latent images. •The surface light source of blue lights was fabricated for optical switching readout. •The 2D array of readout light can be emitted linearly and scanned electrically line by line.

  13. Linear readout of object manifolds

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    Chung, SueYeon; Lee, Daniel D.; Sompolinsky, Haim

    2016-06-01

    Objects are represented in sensory systems by continuous manifolds due to sensitivity of neuronal responses to changes in physical features such as location, orientation, and intensity. What makes certain sensory representations better suited for invariant decoding of objects by downstream networks? We present a theory that characterizes the ability of a linear readout network, the perceptron, to classify objects from variable neural responses. We show how the readout perceptron capacity depends on the dimensionality, size, and shape of the object manifolds in its input neural representation.

  14. APD, a therapeutic alternative for the improvement of patients' living quality%提高患者生存质量的治疗选择-APD

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    范敏华

    2009-01-01

    @@ 腹膜透析治疗肾衰竭,在世界范围内已经历了40余年,作为肾衰竭一体化治疗方法之一的自动化腹膜透析(automated peritoneal dialysis,APD)也日益受到重视,APD泛指利用腹膜透析机进行腹膜透析液交换的腹膜透析形式,包括间歇性腹膜透析(intermittent peritoneal dialysis,IPD),持续性循环式腹膜透析(continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis,CCPD),夜间间歇性腹膜透析(nocturnal intermittent peritoneal dialysis,NIPD),及潮式腹膜透析(tidal peritoneal dialysis,TPD),APD应用的主要形式是CCPD.

  15. Back-Side Readout Silicon Photomultiplier

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    Choong, Woon-Seng; Holland, Stephen E.

    2012-01-01

    We present a novel structure for the back-side readout silicon photomultipler (SiPM). Current SiPMs are front-illuminated structures with front-side readout, which have relatively small geometric fill factor leading to degradation in their photon detection efficiency (PDE). Back-side readout devices will provide an advantageous solution to achieve high PDE. We designed and investigated a novel structure that would allow back-side readout while creating a region of high electric field optimize...

  16. Predictors of percutaneous catheter drainage (PCD after abdominal paracentesis drainage (APD in patients with moderately severe or severe acute pancreatitis along with fluid collections.

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    Full Text Available Although we previously demonstrated abdominal paracentesis drainage (APD preceding percutaneous catheter drainage (PCD as the central step for treating patients with moderately severe (MSAP or severe acute pancreatitis (SAP, the predictors leading to PCD after APD have not been studied.Consecutive patients with MSAP or SAP were recruited between June 2011 and June 2013. As a step-up approach, all patients initially received medical management, later underwent ultrasound-guided APD before PCD, if necessary, followed by endoscopic necrosectomy through the path formed by PCD. APD primarily targeted fluid in the abdominal or pelvic cavities, whereas PCD aimed at (peripancreatic fluid.Of the 92 enrolled patients, 40 were managed with APD alone and 52 received PCD after APD (14 required necrosectomy after initial PCD. The overall mortality was 6.5%. Univariate analysis showed that among the 20 selected parameters, 13 factors significantly affected PCD intervention after APD. Multivariate analysis revealed that infected (peripancreatic collections (P = -0.001, maximum extent of necrosis of more than 30% of the pancreas (P = -0.024, size of the largest necrotic peri(pancreatic collection (P = -0.007, and reduction of (peripancreatic fluid collections by <50% after APD (P = -0.008 were all independent predictors of PCD.Infected (peripancreatic collections, a largest necrotic peri(pancreatic collection of more than 100 ml, and reduction of (peripancreatic fluid collections by <50% after APD could effectively predict the need for PCD in the early course of the disease.

  17. A Charge-Sensitive Amplifier Associated with APD or PMT for Positron Emission Tomography Scanners

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    Mathez, H; Russo, P.; Lu, G.-N.; Pittet, P.; Quiquerez, L.; Lecoq, J.; Bohner, G.

    2010-01-01

    We present a Charge-Sensitive Amplifier (CSA) to be coupled with a 511-KeV 2-photon detector for positron emission tomography scanners. The circuit has been designed to be associated with an Avalanche Photodiode (APD) or Photo-Multiplier Tube (PMT) with large capacitance. It is a two-stage structure. The input stage consists of a foldedcascode fully-differential part and a common-mode feedback (CMFB) circuit. The output stage employs complementary source followers. The amplifier has been desi...

  18. Swift/UVOT Observations for SLSN-I Gaia16apd

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    Blagorodnova, Nadejda; Yan, Lin; Quimby, Robert; Olaes, Melanie Kae; Brown, Peter; Cooke, Jeffrey

    2016-05-01

    The optical transient Gaia16apd was discovered by Gaia Photometric Science survey in the galaxy SDSS J120251.71+441527.4 at magnitude G=17.3. The NOT Unbiased Transient Survey (NUTS; ATel #8992) provided a classification spectrum with the 2.56 m Nordic Optical Telescope equipped with ALFOSC (range 320-960 nm; FWHM resolution 1.6 nm) on 2016-05-20.92 UT. The object showed a good match with a SLSN-I at -5 days before maximum brightness at redshift z=0.102 (Atel #9071).

  19. Topological duality between vortices and planar skyrmions in BPS theories with APD symmetries

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    Adam, C.; Sanchez-Guillen, J.; Wereszczynski, A.; Zakrzewski, W. J.

    2012-01-01

    The BPS baby Skyrme models are submodels of baby Skyrme models, where the nonlinear sigma model term is suppressed. They have skyrmion solutions saturating a BPS bound, and the corresponding static energy functional is invariant under area-preserving diffeomorphisms (APDs). Here we show that the solitons in the BPS baby Skyrme model, which carry a nontrivial topological charge $Q_{b} \\in \\pi_2(S^2)$ (a winding number), are dual to vortices in a BPS vortex model with a topological charge $Q_{v...

  20. Readout electronics for the ATLAS semiconductor tracker

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    The binary readout architecture as a base-line and the analogue one as a fall-forward option have been adopted recently by the ATLAS semiconductor tracker group for the readout of silicon strip detectors. A brief overview of different architectures considered before as well as the status of the binary readout development will be presented. A new idea of the binary readout architecture employing a dual threshold scheme will be discussed and new results obtained for the full analogue readout chip realised in the DMILL technology will be reported. (orig.)

  1. Digital column readout architectures for hybrid pixel detector readout chips

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    Poikela, T; Westerlund, T; Buytaert, J; Campbell, M; De Gaspari, M; Llopart, X; Wyllie, K; Gromov, V; Kluit, R; van Beuzekom, M; Zappon, F; Zivkovic, V; Brezina, C; Desch, K; Fu, Y; Kruth, A

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, two digital column architectures suitable for sparse readout of data from a pixel matrix in trigger-less applications are presented. Each architecture reads out a pixel matrix of 256 x 256 pixels with a pixel pitch of 55 µm. The first architecture has been implemented in the Timepix3 chip, and this is presented together with initial measurements. Simulation results and measured data are compared. The second architecture has been designed for Velopix, a readout chip planned for the LHCb VELO upgrade. Unlike Timepix3, this has to be tolerant to radiation-induced single-event effects. Results from post-layout simulations are shown with the circuit architectures.

  2. Lighting

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — Lighting Systems Test Facilities aid research that improves the energy efficiency of lighting systems. • Gonio-Photometer: Measures illuminance from each portion of...

  3. Automated Predictive Diagnosis (APD): A 3-tiered shell for building expert systems for automated predictions and decision making

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    Steib, Michael

    1991-01-01

    The APD software features include: On-line help, Three level architecture, (Logic environments, Setup/Application environment, Data environment), Explanation capability, and File handling. The kinds of experimentation and record keeping that leads to effective expert systems is facilitated by: (1) a library of inferencing modules (in the logic environment); (2) an explanation capability which reveals logic strategies to users; (3) automated file naming conventions; (4) an information retrieval system; and (5) on-line help. These aid with effective use of knowledge, debugging and experimentation. Since the APD software anticipates the logical rules becoming complicated, it is embedded in a production system language (CLIPS) to insure the full power of the production system paradigm of CLIPS and availability of the procedural language C. The development is discussed of the APD software and three example applications: toy, experimental, and operational prototype for submarine maintenance predictions.

  4. Demonstration of lasercom and spatial tracking with a silicon Geiger-mode APD array

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    Yarnall, Timothy M.; Horkley, Benjamin W.; Garg, Ajay S.; Hamilton, Scott A.

    2016-03-01

    We present a demonstration of a high-rate photon counting receiver with the potential to act as a spatial tracker based on a silicon Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode array (GM-APD). This array enables sensitive high-rate optical communication in the visible and near infrared regions of the spectrum. The array contains 1024 elements arranged in a 32x32 pixel square. This large number of elements supports high data rates through the mitigation of blocking losses and associated data rate limitations created by the reset time of an individual Geiger-mode detector. Measurement of bit error rates demonstrate that receiver sensitivities of 2.55 dB (detected) photons-per-bit for 78.8 Mb/s on-off-keying and -0.46 dB (detected) photons-per-bit for 19.4 Mb/s 16-ary pulse-position modulation are accessible with strong forward error correction. Additionally, the array can record the spatial coordinates of each detection event. By computing the centroid of the distribution of spatial detections it is possible to determine the angle-of-arrival of the detected photons. These levels of performance imply that Si GM-APD arrays are excellent candidates for a variety of free space lasercom applications ranging from atmospheric communication in the 1 micron or 780 nm spectral windows to underwater communication in the 480 nm to 520 nm spectral window

  5. Topological duality between vortices and planar skyrmions in BPS theories with APD symmetries

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    Adam, C; Wereszczynski, A; Zakrzewski, W J

    2012-01-01

    The BPS baby Skyrme models are submodels of baby Skyrme models, where the nonlinear sigma model term is suppressed. They have skyrmion solutions saturating a BPS bound, and the corresponding static energy functional is invariant under area-preserving diffeomorphisms (APDs). Here we show that the solitons in the BPS baby Skyrme model, which carry a nontrivial topological charge $Q_{b} \\in \\pi_2(S^2)$ (a winding number), are dual to vortices in a BPS vortex model with a topological charge $Q_{v}\\in \\pi_1(S^1)$ (a vortex number), in the sense that there is a map between the BPS solutions of the two models. The corresponding energy densities of the BPS solutions of the two models are identical. A further consequence of the duality is that the dual BPS vortex models inherit the BPS property and the infinitely many symmetries (APDs) of the BPS baby Skyrme models. Finally, we demonstrate that the same topological duality continues to hold for the U(1) gauged versions of the models.

  6. Optimization of Crystals for Applications in Dual-readout Calorimetry

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    Dual-Readout Calorimetry is a promising new technique for high resolution hadron and jet calorimetry. It is based on simultaneous measurements of the scintillation and Cherenkov light generated in the shower development process. Due to the fact that the Cherenkov light is only produced by the electromagnetic shower component, the relative contribution of this component to the signals can be measured on the event by event basis, resulting in reduction of fluctuations. This leads to an important improvement in the hadronic calorimeter performance. Further improvement on both the electromagnetic and hadronic resolution can be achieved by using homogeneous, dense crystals. This reduces both the sampling fluctuations and the quantum fluctuations. We present a systematic study of lead tungstate crystals doped with a small fraction of molybdenum, varying between 0.1% and 5% and exploring different readout configurations.

  7. Development of the Photomultiplier-Tube Readout System for the CTA Large Size Telescope

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    Kubo, H; Paoletti, R.; Awane, Y; Bamba, A.; Barcelo, M.; Barrio, J.A.; Blanch, O.; Boix, J; Delgado, C; Fink, D.; Gascon, D.; Gunji, S; Hagiwara, R.; Hanabata, Y.; K. Hatanaka

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a prototype of the photomultiplier tube (PMT) readout system for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Large Size Telescope (LST). Two thousand PMTs along with their readout systems are arranged on the focal plane of each telescope, with one readout system per 7-PMT cluster. The Cherenkov light pulses generated by the air showers are detected by the PMTs and amplified in a compact, low noise and wide dynamic range gain block. The output of this block is then digitized at a sam...

  8. Transputer-based readout controller

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    A bus-oriented readout controller is described that uses a transputer both as a direct memory access (DMA) device and a crate processor. It achieves data transfer rates of up to 13 Mbytes/s, yet is very simple in design. Data transfer is reduced to moving arrays within memory, which eliminates the need for bus arbitration and interfacing logic. A trivial extension of the basic design results in a twofold increase in the maximum data transfer speed, to 27 Mbytes/s. A second transputer, added to the crate controller for extra flexibility and processing power, enables it to form part of a second level data acquisition system, with a total of 8 links (maximum link speed 20 Mbits/s) available for intercrate communications. This design was developed for the readout system of the ZEUS Central Tracking Detector. (orig.)

  9. Transputer-based readout controller

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    Belusevic, R.; Nixon, G.

    1989-05-01

    A bus-oriented readout controller is described that uses a transputer both as a direct memory access (DMA) device and a crate processor. It achieves data transfer rates of up to 13 Mbytes/s, yet is very simple in design. Data transfer is reduced to moving arrays within memory, which eliminates the need for bus arbitration and interfacing logic. A trivial extension of the basic design results in a twofold increase in the maximum data transfer speed, to 27 Mbytes/s. A second transputer, added to the crate controller for extra flexibility and processing power, enables it to form part of a second level data acquisition system, with a total of 8 links (maximum link speed 20 Mbits/s) available for intercrate communications. This design was developed for the readout system of the ZEUS Central Tracking Detector.

  10. Readout boards for silicon detectors

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    With ever increasing demands for greater miniaturization and the use of sophisticated circuitry in nuclear and particle physics experiments, the need for improved design of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) is becoming more important day by day. Interconnecting traces, parasitic components, grounding schemes and decoupling makes the design of the layout of PCBs as demanding as the design of the complex electrical circuit. An astute design of the readout boards is important in the success of the overall performance of the final system

  11. BATS, the readout control of UA1

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    Botlo, M.; Dorenbosch, J.; Jimack, M.; Szoncso, F.; Taurok, A.; Walzel, G. (European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva (Switzerland))

    1991-04-15

    A steadily rising luminosity and different readout architectures for the various detector systems of UA1 required a new data flow control to minimize the dead time. BATS, a finite state machine conceived around two microprocessors in a single VME crate, improved flexibility and reliability. Compatibility with BATS streamlined all readout branches. BATS also proved to be a valuable asset in spotting readout problems and previously undetected data flow bottlenecks. (orig.).

  12. Communication, Listening, Cognitive and Speech Perception Skills in Children with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or Specific Language Impairment (SLI)

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    Ferguson, Melanie A.; Hall, Rebecca L.; Riley, Alison; Moore, David R.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: Parental reports of communication, listening, and behavior in children receiving a clinical diagnosis of specific language impairment (SLI) or auditory processing disorder (APD) were compared with direct tests of intelligence, memory, language, phonology, literacy, and speech intelligibility. The primary aim was to identify whether there…

  13. Development of a low-noise analog front-end ASIC for APD-PET detectors

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    We report on the development of a front-end ASIC for high spatial resolution PET detectors with time-of-flight capability based on LYSO scintillator arrays coupled with position-sensitive avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays. The ASIC is designed based on the open-IP LSI project led by JAXA and realized in TSMC 0.35-μm CMOS technology. It consists of an 8-channel charge-sensitive amplifier, band-pass filters, differentiators, pulse-height and timing discriminators, and two-channel time-to-amplitude converters. As a result, energy resolution of 9.7% (FWHM) is obtained at 511 keV, with a time resolution below 970 ps (σ). We will also report on the current status of developing a second-version ASIC designed to have 32-channel analog circuits with improved time resolution.

  14. A cylindrical SPECT camera with de-centralized readout scheme

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    Habte, F. E-mail: habte@physto.se; Stenstroem, P.; Rillbert, A.; Bousselham, A.; Bohm, C.; Larsson, S.A

    2001-09-21

    An optimized brain single photon emission computed tomograph (SPECT) camera is being designed at Stockholm University and Karolinska Hospital. The design goal is to achieve high sensitivity, high-count rate and high spatial resolution. The sensitivity is achieved by using a cylindrical crystal, which gives a closed geometry with large solid angles. A de-centralized readout scheme where only a local environment around the light excitation is readout supports high-count rates. The high resolution is achieved by using an optimized crystal configuration. A 12 mm crystal plus 12 mm light guide combination gave an intrinsic spatial resolution better than 3.5 mm (140 keV) in a prototype system. Simulations show that a modified configuration can improve this value. A cylindrical configuration with a rotating collimator significantly simplifies the mechanical design of the gantry. The data acquisition and control system uses early digitization and subsequent digital signal processing to extract timing and amplitude information, and monitors the position of the collimator. The readout system consists of 12 or more modules each based on programmable logic and a digital signal processor. The modules send data to a PC file server-reconstruction engine via a Firewire (IEEE-1394) network.

  15. A cylindrical SPECT camera with de-centralized readout scheme

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    Habte, F.; Stenström, P.; Rillbert, A.; Bousselham, A.; Bohm, C.; Larsson, S. A.

    2001-09-01

    An optimized brain single photon emission computed tomograph (SPECT) camera is being designed at Stockholm University and Karolinska Hospital. The design goal is to achieve high sensitivity, high-count rate and high spatial resolution. The sensitivity is achieved by using a cylindrical crystal, which gives a closed geometry with large solid angles. A de-centralized readout scheme where only a local environment around the light excitation is readout supports high-count rates. The high resolution is achieved by using an optimized crystal configuration. A 12 mm crystal plus 12 mm light guide combination gave an intrinsic spatial resolution better than 3.5 mm (140 keV) in a prototype system. Simulations show that a modified configuration can improve this value. A cylindrical configuration with a rotating collimator significantly simplifies the mechanical design of the gantry. The data acquisition and control system uses early digitization and subsequent digital signal processing to extract timing and amplitude information, and monitors the position of the collimator. The readout system consists of 12 or more modules each based on programmable logic and a digital signal processor. The modules send data to a PC file server-reconstruction engine via a Firewire (IEEE-1394) network.

  16. Characterization results of the JUNGFRAU full scale readout ASIC

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    Mozzanica, A.; Bergamaschi, A.; Brueckner, M.; Cartier, S.; Dinapoli, R.; Greiffenberg, D.; Jungmann-Smith, J.; Maliakal, D.; Mezza, D.; Ramilli, M.; Ruder, C.; Schaedler, L.; Schmitt, B.; Shi, X.; Tinti, G.

    2016-02-01

    The two-dimensional pixel detector JUNGFRAU is designed for high performance photon science applications at free electron lasers and synchrotron light sources. It is developed for the SwissFEL currently under construction at the Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland. The detector is a hybrid pixel detector with a charge integration readout ASIC characterized by single photon sensitivity and a low noise performance over a dynamic range of 104 12 keV photons. Geometrically, a JUNGFRAU readout chip consists of 256×256 pixels of 75×75 μm2. The chips are bump bonded to 320 μm thick silicon sensors. Arrays of 2×4 chips are tiled to form modules of 4×8 cm2 area. Several multi-module systems with up to 16 Mpixels per system will be delivered to the two end stations at SwissFEL. The JUNGFRAU full scale readout ASIC and module design are presented along with characterization results of the first systems. Experiments from fluorescence X-ray, visible light illumination, and synchrotron irradiation are shown. The results include an electronic noise of ~50 electrons r.m.s., which enables single photon detection energies below 2 keV and a noise well below the Poisson statistical limit over the entire dynamic range. First imaging experiments are also shown.

  17. First demonstration of THGEM/GAPD-matrix optical readout in two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detector in Ar

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    Bondar, A; Dolgov, A; Grebenuk, A; Shemyakina, E; Sokolov, A; Breskin, A; Thers, D

    2013-01-01

    The multi-channel optical readout of a THGEM multiplier coupled to a matrix of 3x3 Geiger-mode APDs (GAPDs) was demonstrated in a two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detector (CRAD) in Ar. The GAPDs recorded THGEM-hole avalanches in the Near Infrared (NIR). At an avalanche charge gain of 160, the yield of the combined THGEM/GAPD-matrix multiplier amounted at ~80 photoelectrons per 20 keV X-ray absorbed in the liquid phase. A spatial resolution of 2.5 mm (FWHM) has been measured for the impinging X-rays. This technique has potential applications in coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering and dark matter search experiments.

  18. First demonstration of THGEM/GAPD-matrix optical readout in a two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detector in Ar

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    Bondar, A. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogov Street 2, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Buzulutskov, A., E-mail: a.f.buzulutskov@inp.nsk.su [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogov Street 2, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Dolgov, A. [Novosibirsk State University, Pirogov Street 2, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Grebenuk, A. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Shemyakina, E.; Sokolov, A. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogov Street 2, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Breskin, A. [Weizmann Institute of Science, 76100 Rehovot (Israel); Thers, D. [SUBATECH, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, CNRS/In2p3, Université de Nantes, 44307 Nantes Cedex 3 (France)

    2013-12-21

    The multi-channel optical readout of a THGEM multiplier coupled to a matrix of 3×3 Geiger-mode APDs (GAPDs) was demonstrated in a two-phase Cryogenic Avalanche Detector (CRAD) in Ar. The GAPDs recorded THGEM-hole avalanches in the Near Infrared (NIR) spectral range. At an avalanche charge gain of 160, the yield of the combined THGEM/GAPD-matrix multiplier amounted to ∼80 photoelectrons per 20 keV X-ray absorbed in the liquid phase. A spatial resolution of 2.5 mm (FWHM) has been measured for the impinging X-rays. This technique has potential applications in coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering and in dark matter search experiments.

  19. Light

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    Robertson, William C

    2003-01-01

    Why is left right and right left in the mirror? Baffled by the basics of reflection and refraction? Wondering just how the eye works? If you have trouble teaching concepts about light that you don t fully grasp yourself, get help from a book that s both scientifically accurate and entertaining with Light. By combining clear explanations, clever drawings, and activities that use easy-to-find materials, this book covers what science teachers and parents need to know to teach about light with confidence. It uses ray, wave, and particle models of light to explain the basics of reflection and refraction, optical instruments, polarization of light, and interference and diffraction. There s also an entire chapter on how the eye works. Each chapter ends with a Summary and Applications section that reinforces concepts with everyday examples. Whether you need a deeper understanding of how light bends or a good explanation of why the sky is blue, you ll find Light more illuminating and accessible than a college textbook...

  20. DC readout experiment in Enhanced LIGO

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    The two 4 km long gravitational wave detectors operated by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) were modified in 2008 to read out the gravitational wave channel using the DC readout form of homodyne detection and to include an optical filter cavity at the output of the detector. As part of the upgrade to Enhanced LIGO, these modifications replaced the radio-frequency (RF) heterodyne system used previously. We describe the motivations for and the implementation of DC readout and the output mode cleaner in Enhanced LIGO. We present characterizations of the system, including measurements and models of the couplings of the noises from the laser source to the gravitational wave readout channel. We show that noise couplings using DC readout are improved over those for RF readout, and we find that the achieved shot-noise-limited sensitivity is consistent with modeled results. (paper)

  1. Readout architecture of the CMS pixel detector

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    Baur, R

    2001-01-01

    In this paper we describe the readout architecture of the CMS pixel chip. In column drain architecture the complex tasks of data buffering and trigger verification are performed in the circuit periphery. This allows to use a rather simple pixel unit cell which requires only a small number of transistors. The column periphery logic is designed for readout and trigger rates expected for full LHC luminosity. At LHC the high particle flux can create single event upsets in the readout chips. At small radii the upsets of logic cells could severely affect the performance of the pixel detector readout. We have therefore performed a measurement of the upset rate at the PSI pion beam and describe the consequences for the design of the readout chip. (5 refs).

  2. An ac bridge readout for bolometric detectors

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    Rieke, F. M.; Lange, A. E.; Beeman, J. W.; Haller, E. E.

    1989-01-01

    The authors have developed a bolometer readout circuit which greatly improves the low-frequency stability of bolometric detectors. The circuit uses an ac bias voltage and two matched bolometers and allows stable dc bolometer operation for integration times greater than 10 s. In astronomical applications the readout allows for qualitatively different observation modes (e.g. staring or slow-drift scanning) which are particularly well suited for space observations and for the use of arrays. In many applications the readout can increase sensitivity. The authors present noise spectra for 4He temperature bolometers with no excess noise at frequencies greater than 0.1 Hz. The measured optical responsivity of a bolometer operated with the present readout is the same as that of a bolometer operated with a conventional readout.

  3. Analog pipeline readout for ATLAS calorimetry

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    This paper presents the design and prototype testing of an analog pipeline readout module suitable for readout of the LAr calorimetry at the large hadron collider. The design has been driven by the readout requirements of the ATLAS electromagnetic liquid argon calorimeter and the ATLAS trigger design parameters. The results indicate that an analog pipeline readout system meeting the ATLAS requirements can be built using our modules. The SCA-chip employed has resolution approaching 13-bits (using the full range of the SCA) and can achieve a 16-bit dynamic range using a dual-range scheme. The module is based on switched capacitor array chips. A brief description of the design of the pipeline controller development, that will enable the SCA readout system to run as a deadtimeless analog RAM, is also given. (orig.)

  4. A Data Readout Approach for Physics Experiment

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    Xi-Ru, Huang; Li-Wei, Gao; Jia-Jun, Zheng

    2014-01-01

    With the increasing physical event rate and number of electronic channels, traditional readout scheme meets the challenge of improving readout speed caused by the limited bandwidth of crate backplane. In this paper, a high-speed data readout method based on Ethernet is designed for each module to have capability of transmitting data to DAQ. Features of explicitly parallel data transmitting and distributed network architecture make the readout system has advantage of adapting varying requirements of particle physics experiments. Furthermore, to guarantee the readout performance and flexibility, a standalone embedded CPU system is utilized for network protocol stack processing. To receive customized data format and protocol from front-end electronics, a field programmable gate array (FPGA) is used for logic reconfiguration. To optimize the interface and improve the data swap speed between CPU and FPGA, a sophisticated method based on SRAM is presented in this paper. For the purpose of evaluating this high-speed...

  5. A 15 × 15 single photon avalanche diode sensor featuring breakdown pixels extraction architecture for efficient data readout

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    Yang, Xiao; Zhu, Hongbo; Nakura, Toru; Iizuka, Tetsuya; Asada, Kunihiro

    2016-04-01

    This paper proposes a breakdown pixels extraction architecture for single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) based faint light detection systems. The proposed extraction circuit detects the breakdown pixels and only their addresses are readout. Therefore, under the faint light environment, this SPAD-based sensor significantly improves the data readout efficiency. In addition, since the readout sequence is 4× faster than that of the conventional architecture in the dark condition, the proposed system does not need an independent on-chip event detection circuit that consumes additional area and power. A test-of-concept chip with a 15 × 15 SPAD pixels array was fabricated in a 0.18 µm 1P5M standard CMOS process and pinhole diffraction patterns were successfully captured thanks to the high sensitivity of the SPAD sensor. Under the faint light condition, a high-speed readout is verified by measurement and the robustness of the proposed architecture is successfully demonstrated.

  6. Light

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    Ditchburn, R W

    2011-01-01

    This classic study, available for the first time in paperback, clearly demonstrates how quantum theory is a natural development of wave theory, and how these two theories, once thought to be irreconcilable, together comprise a single valid theory of light. Aimed at students with an intermediate-level knowledge of physics, the book first offers a historical introduction to the subject, then covers topics such as wave theory, interference, diffraction, Huygens' Principle, Fermat's Principle, and the accuracy of optical measurements. Additional topics include the velocity of light, relativistic o

  7. Design and development of compact readout electronics with silicon photomultiplier array for a compact imaging detector

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    This work aims at developing compact readout electronics for a compact imaging detector module with silicon photomultiplier (SPM) array. The detector module consists of a LYSO crystal array coupling with a SensL's 4 × 4 SPM array. A compact multiplexed readout based on a discretized positioning circuit (DPC) was developed to reduce the readout channels from 16 to 4 outputs. Different LYSO crystal arrays of 4 × 4, 8 × 8 and 12 × 12 with pixel sizes of 3.2, 1.6 and 1.0 mm respectively, have been tested with the compact readout board using a 137Cs source. The initial results show that the compact imaging detector module with the compact multiplexed readout could clearly resolve 1 mm × 1 mm × 10 mm LYSO scintillation crystal array except those at the edges. The detector's intrinsic spatial resolution up to 1 mm can be achieved with the 3 mm × 3 mm size SPMArray4 through light sharing and compact multiplexed readout. Our results indicate that this detector module is feasible for the development of high-resolution compact PET. (authors)

  8. Digital radiography using amorphous selenium: photoconductively activated switch (PAS) readout system.

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    Reznik, Nikita; Komljenovic, Philip T; Germann, Stephen; Rowlands, John A

    2008-03-01

    A new amorphous selenium (a-Se) digital radiography detector is introduced. The proposed detector generates a charge image in the a-Se layer in a conventional manner, which is stored on electrode pixels at the surface of the a-Se layer. A novel method, called photoconductively activated switch (PAS), is used to read out the latent x-ray charge image. The PAS readout method uses lateral photoconduction at the a-Se surface which is a revolutionary modification of the bulk photoinduced discharge (PID) methods. The PAS method addresses and eliminates the fundamental weaknesses of the PID methods--long readout times and high readout noise--while maintaining the structural simplicity and high resolution for which PID optical readout systems are noted. The photoconduction properties of the a-Se surface were investigated and the geometrical design for the electrode pixels for a PAS radiography system was determined. This design was implemented in a single pixel PAS evaluation system. The results show that the PAS x-ray induced output charge signal was reproducible and depended linearly on the x-ray exposure in the diagnostic exposure range. Furthermore, the readout was reasonably rapid (10 ms for pixel discharge). The proposed detector allows readout of half a pixel row at a time (odd pixels followed by even pixels), thus permitting the readout of a complete image in 30 s for a 40 cm x 40 cm detector with the potential of reducing that time by using greater readout light intensity. This demonstrates that a-Se based x-ray detectors using photoconductively activated switches could form a basis for a practical integrated digital radiography system. PMID:18404939

  9. Hubungan Faktor Predisposisi, Pendukung dan Penguat dalam Penggunan Alat Pelindung Diri (APD) dengan Pencegahan Pneumokoniosis pada Tenaga Kerja Kongkar Muat (TKBM) di Pelabuhan Laut Kuala Tanjung Tahun 2013

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    Wahyuni, Sri

    2013-01-01

    TKBM (Loading and Unloading Worker) is a worker who does loading and unloading job at a port. A TKBM who does his job without using APD (personal protection device), especially a masker, will surely take a risk of being affected by pneumoconiosis. The objective of the research was to verify the correlation of predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors in using APD with the prevention of pneumoconiosis in a TKBM at Kuala Tanjung Seaport. The research was a survey, using cross sectiona...

  10. APDs as Single-Photon Detectors for Visible and Near-Infrared Wavelenghts down to Hz Rates

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    Jöhren, R; Buglak, W; Hampf, D; Hannen, V; Mader, J; Nörtershäuser, W; Sánchez, R; Weinheimer, C

    2011-01-01

    For the SPECTRAP experiment at GSI, Germany, detectors with Single-Photon counting capability in the visible and near-infrared regime are required. For the wavelength region up to 1100 nm we investigate the performance of 2x2 mm^2 avalanche photo diodes (APDs) of type S0223 manufactured by Radiation Monitoring Devices. To minimize thermal noise, the APDs are cooled to approximately -170 deg. C using liquid nitrogen. By operating the diodes close to the breakdown voltage it is possible to achieve gains in excess of 2x10^4. Extremly low noise preamplifiers are used to read out the devices. The measurements presented in this paper have been obtained at a gain of 22,000. At a discriminator threshold of 6 mV the resulting dark count rate is in the region of 200/s. With these settings the studied APDs are able to detect single photons at 628 nm wavelength with a photodetection efficiency of (67+-7)%. Measurements at 1020 nm wavelength have been performed using the attenuated output of a grating spectrograph with a ...

  11. PANDA straw tube detectors and readout

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    Strzempek, P.

    2016-07-01

    PANDA is a detector under construction dedicated to studies of production and interaction of particles in the charmonium mass range using antiproton beams in the momentum range of 1.5 - 15 GeV/c at the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) in Darmstadt. PANDA consists of two spectrometers: a Target Spectrometer with a superconducting solenoid and a Forward Spectrometer using a large dipole magnet and covering the most forward angles (Θ detectors. The expected high count rates, reaching up to 1 MHz/straw, are one of the main challenges for the detectors and associated readout electronics. The paper presents the readout chain of the tracking system and the results of tests performed with realistic prototype setups. The readout chain consists of a newly developed ASIC chip (PASTTREC ) with amplification, signal shaping, tail cancellation, discriminator stages and Time Readout Boards as digitizer boards.

  12. Very forward calorimeters readout and machine interface

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    Wojciech Wierba; on behalf of the FCAL Collaboration

    2007-12-01

    The paper describes the requirements for the readout electronics and DAQ for the instrumentation of the forward region of the future detector at the international linear collider. The preliminary design is discussed.

  13. Back-Side Readout Silicon Photomultiplier.

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    Choong, Woon-Seng; Holland, Stephen E

    2012-07-19

    We present a novel structure for the back-side readout silicon photomultipler (SiPM). Current SiPMs are front-illuminated structures with front-side readout, which have relatively small geometric fill factor leading to degradation in their photon detection efficiency (PDE). Back-side readout devices will provide an advantageous solution to achieve high PDE. We designed and investigated a novel structure that would allow back-side readout while creating a region of high electric field optimized for avalanche breakdown. In addition, this structure has relatively high fill factor and also allow direct coupling of individual micro-cell of the SiPM to application-specific integrated circuits. We will discuss the performance that can be attained with this structure through device simulation and the process flow that can be used to fabricate this structure through process simulation. PMID:23564969

  14. About Background Correction for LiF:Mg,Ti readout

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    Nowadays, the regulations require an accurate and reliable measurement of exposures according to the principle of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable), which emphasizes the need to handle correctly the background issue. Background signals can be radiation and non-radiation related and are produced during the readout process in the TL reader systems. The source of the non-radiation related signals can be the reader itself or effects in the TL crystal due to heating. The main contributions from the reader are dark current and electronic spikes, which are monitored continuously during the readout of a batch of TLD cards. Their contribution is constant during normal operation and can be easily subtracted. Non-radiation related contributions from the TLD chips may be caused by dirt which may be present on the TLD cards or light emitted by the Teflon layer which covers the chips . These spurious signals can be detected by checking the shape of the glow curves. However, there is also a radiation related contribution originated by the exposure history of the specific chips. A TLD card contains TLD chips (most commonly LiF:Mg,Ti) held between two layers of Teflon, which are read out in routine work by using high heating rates. A readout temperature limitation of 300„aC is also set, as the Teflon may be damaged at higher temperatures. Besides, due to the high amount of cards used in a routine dosimetry laboratory, usually no annealing procedure is applied. As a result, the electronic traps of the TLD crystals are not completely emptied during routine readouts and previous exposures leave a residual record, which increases the background and makes it history dependent. This contribution is mostly unknown and cannot be predicted. Different attitudes were published in the literature to handle the TLD background issue. Clark et al. tried to fit a Boltzmann function to describe the background signal under the glow peak. Delgado and Gomez Ros (3) determined several regions in

  15. Readout control for high luminosity accelerators

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    In this article we discuss some aspects of data acquisition at high luminosities and offer a set of design principles concerning readout control electronics and related software. As an example we include a brief description of a data transfer and processing system for future hadron colliders, featuring a transputer-based crate controller and a set of readout cards. This is a simplified and more efficient version of our design recently published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods. (orig.)

  16. Readout control for high luminosity accelerators

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    Belusevic, R.; Nixon, G.

    1991-09-01

    In this article we discuss some aspects of data acquisition at high luminosities and offer a set of design principles concerning readout control electronics and related software. As an example we include a brief description of a data transfer and processing system for future hadron colliders, featuring a transputer-based crate controller and a set of readout cards. This is a simplified and more efficient version of our design recently published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods. [A295 (1991) 391].

  17. Readout control for high luminosity accelerators

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    Belusevic, R.; Nixon, G. (University Coll., London (UK). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy)

    1991-09-15

    In this article we discuss some aspects of data acquisition at high luminosities and offer a set of design principles concerning readout control electronics and related software. As an example we include a brief description of a data transfer and processing system for future hadron colliders, featuring a transputer-based crate controller and a set of readout cards. This is a simplified and more efficient version of our design recently published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods. (orig.).

  18. Readout system for radiation detector

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    Baker, B. R.; Cashion, K. D.

    1968-01-01

    Improved electrical circuit determines the amount of light detected by a photomultiplier tube when its output signal is in the dark-current range of the tube. The low-intensity light to which the tube responds arises from a thermo-luminescent ionized dosimeter.

  19. Results from a Prototype MAPS Sensor Telescope and Readout System with Zero Suppression for the Heavy Flavor Tracker at STAR

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    Greiner, Leo C.; Matis, Howard S.; Ritter, Hans G.; Rose, Andrew A.; Stezelberger, Thorsten; Sun, Xiangming; Szelezniak, Michal A.; Thomas, James H.; Vu, Chinh Q.; Wieman, Howard H.

    2008-01-01

    We describe a three Mimostar-2 Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor (MAPS) sensor telescope prototype with an accompanying readout system incorporating on-the-fly data sparsification. The system has been characterized and we report on the measured performance of the sensor telescope and readout system in beam tests conducted both at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and in the STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). This effo...

  20. Integrated optical readout for miniaturization of cantilever-based sensor system

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    Nordström, Maria; Zauner, Dan; Calleja, Montserrat;

    2007-01-01

    The authors present the fabrication and characterization of an integrated optical readout scheme based on single-mode waveguides for cantilever-based sensors. The cantilever bending is read out by monitoring changes in the optical intensity of light transmitted through the cantilever that also ac...

  1. Inorganic single crystalline fibers for dual-readout calorimetry

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    Pauwels, Kristof; Lecoq, Paul

    This thesis focuses on the improvement of the energy resolution of hadron calorimeters. The approach is based on dual-readout, which consists in the simultaneous detection of both scintillation and Cherenkov light. The comparison of these two signals allows a compensation of the energy fluctuations, which are inherent to the detection of hadronic showers. Lutetium aluminium garnets (LuAG), which are efficient scintillators when activated with rare-earth dopants (i.e. Cerium), can also act as Cherenkov radiators when undoped. Both undoped and doped crystals can then be assembled to build an efficient dual-readout calorimeter. With the objective to investigate the feasibility of this concept, the effects of the doping concentration and the use of various co-dopant on the light output and the timing properties of LuAG were studied. The growth method was demonstrated to induce significant differences in the nature and concentration of structural defects. The optimum geometry, which is based on single-crystals sha...

  2. Connected TSEE/OSEE readouts of BeO thin-film dosemeters

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    The commonly used TSEE readout for β- or X-irradiated BeO thinfilm dosemeters was complemented by OSEE readouts using blue ( 500 nm) light beams which caused different OSEE decay characteristics. By TSEE a dose range between 10-5 Gy and 10 Gy and by OSEE, a dose range between 10-3 Gy and 104 Gy could be covered. This means that the dose-measuring capacity of BeO thin-film dosemeters linearly comprises 9 orders of magnitude between the low-dose threshold and high-dose saturation. A relation between TSEE and OSEE signals was established by thermal bleaching experiments. (author)

  3. PMT triggering and readout for the MicroBooNE experiment

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    This paper presents the proposed PMT readout and triggering system that will be used in the MicroBooNE LArTPC experiment. The triggering scheme has been designed to study beam neutrino events as well as fully characterize cosmic rays. In addition, exploration of important physics applications including ''late'' scintillation light in argon and Michel electrons from muon decay will be possible. Various types of triggers and how they will be implemented in the combined PMT+TPC readout electronics system will be discussed

  4. The Read-Out Shutter Unit of the Euclid VIS Instrument

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    Genolet, L; Paltani, S; Autissier, N; Larcheveque, C; Thomas, C

    2016-01-01

    Euclid is the second medium-size mission (M2) of the ESA Cosmic Vision Program, currently scheduled for a launch in 2020. The two instruments on-board Euclid, VIS and NISP, will provide key measurements to investigate the nature of dark energy, advancing our knowledge on cosmology. We present in this contribution the development and manufacturing status of the VIS Read-out Shutter Unit, whose main function is to prevent direct light from falling onto the VIS CCDs during the read-out of the scientific exposures and to allow the dark-current/bias calibrations of the instrument.

  5. LHCb: Fast Readout Control for the upgraded readout architecture of the LHCb experiment at CERN

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    Alessio, F

    2013-01-01

    The LHCb experiment at CERN has proposed an upgrade towards a full 40 MHz readout system in order to run between five and ten times its initial design luminosity with an upgraded LHCb detector. As a consequence, the various LHCb sub-systems in the readout architecture will be upgraded to cope with higher sub-detector occupancies, higher rate, and higher readout load. The new architecture, new functionalities, and the first hardware implementation of a new LHCb Readout Control system (commonly referred to as S-TFC) for the upgraded LHCb experiment is here presented. Our attention is focused in describing solutions for the distribution of clock and timing information to control the entire upgraded readout architecture by profiting of a bidirectional optical network and powerful FPGAs, including a real-time mechanism to synchronize the entire system. Solutions and implementations are presented, together with first results on the simulation and the validation of the system.

  6. Dual Readout With PWO Crystals and LuAG Crystal Scintillating Fibers

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    Auffray, E; Mavromanolakis, G; Abler, D

    2010-01-01

    One of the main challenges for detectors at future high-energy collider experiments is high-precision measurement of hadrons and jet energy and momentum. Such measurement can be provided by the particle flow approach (PFA) that requires a complex highly segmented calorimeter system to identify and to track all particles in a jet. An alternative so-called dual-readout approach consists of simultaneously recording, in an active medium, scintillation light that is proportional to total energy deposit and Cerenkov light that is proportional to the electromagnetic part only, thus allowing extracting the electromagnetic fraction of the total shower energy on an event-by-event basis. The dual-readout method approach can be implemented using several techniques. The first method proposed uses a copper absorber structure containing two types of fibers: quartz fibers that produce Cerenkov light and plastic scintillating fibers that produce scintillation light. A second method proposed is based on the separation of scint...

  7. Interferometer readout-noise below the Standard Quantum Limit of a membrane

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    Westphal, Tobias; Kaufer, Henning; Yamamoto, Kazuhiro; Gossler, Stefan; Mueller-Ebhardt, Helge; Danilishin, Stefan L; Khalili, Farid Ya; Danzmann, Karsten; Schnabel, Roman

    2011-01-01

    Here we report on the realization of a Michelson-Sagnac interferometer whose purpose is the precise characterization of the motion of membranes showing significant light transmission. Our interferometer has a readout noise spectral density (imprecision) of 3E-16 m/sqrt(Hz) at frequencies around the fundamental resonance of a SiN_x membrane at about 100 kHz, without using optical cavities. The readout noise demonstrated is more than 16 dB below the peak value of the membrane's standard quantum limit (SQL). This reduction is significantly higher than those of previous works with nano-wires [Teufel et al., Nature Nano. 4, 820 (2009); Anetsberger et al., Nature Phys. 5, 909 (2009)]. We discuss the meaning of the SQL for force measurements and its relation to the readout performance and conclude that neither our nor previous experiments achieved a total noise spectral density as low as the SQL.

  8. Scintillator gamma-ray detectors with silicon photomultiplier readouts for high-energy astronomy

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    Bloser, Peter F.; Legere, Jason; Bancroft, Christopher; McConnell, Mark L.; Ryan, James M.; Schwadron, Nathan

    2013-09-01

    Space-based gamma-ray detectors for high-energy astronomy face strict constraints of mass, volume, and power, and must endure harsh operating environments. Scintillator materials have a long history of successful operation under these conditions, and new materials offer greatly improved performance in terms of efficiency, time response, and energy resolution. The use of scintillators in space remains constrained, however, by the mass, volume, and fragility of the associated light readout device, typically a vacuum photomultiplier tube (PMT). Recently developed silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) offer gains and efficiencies similar to those of PMTs, but with greatly reduced mass and volume, high ruggedness, and no high-voltage requirements. We have therefore been investigating the use of SiPM readouts for scintillator gamma-ray detectors, with an emphasis on their suitability for space- and balloonbased instruments for high-energy astronomy. We present our most recent results, including spectroscopy measurements for lanthanum bromide scintillators with SiPM readouts, and pulse-shape discrimination using organic scintillators with SiPM readouts. We also describe potential applications of SiPM readouts to specific highenergy astronomy instrument concepts.

  9. Driving the LHCb front-end readout

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    Guzik, Z; Jost, B

    2004-01-01

    The timing and fast control (TFC) system is responsible for controlling and distributing timing, trigger and synchronous commands to the LHCb front-end (FE) electronics. It is different from the equivalent systems of the other LHC experiments in that it has to support two levels of high-rate triggers. Furthermore, the TFC mastership of a configurable ensemble of FE electronics is centralized in one module: the Readout Supervisor. A pool of optional Readout Supervisors allows mastering of all or separate combinations of subsystems in parallel by remote programming of a patch panel in the distribution network. The speed requirements and the multifunctionality of the Readout Supervisor necessitate optimal technological solutions. At the same time the logic must be modifiable to support extensions or changes in the running modes. A first prototype has been built using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) for the entire logic and it has been tested successfully. This paper gives an overview of the system archite...

  10. Data readout system for multiwire proportional chambers

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    An electronic system for data readout from multiwire proportional chambers is described. The system will be used in a magnetic spectrometer for investigation into rare processes in an ITEP accelerating complex. Schematic solutions, used in the system allow one to maximally use the 'VECTOR' standard interface fast operation. The system assembly is completely made of domestic parts. The readout system structure developed allows one to easily reduce or increase the number of MPC channels questioned. The mean time, required for preparing data on cluster, does not exceed 1.5 μs

  11. Data readout system utilizing photonic integrated circuit

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    We describe a novel optical solution for data readout systems. The core of the system is an Indium-Phosphide photonic integrated circuit performing as a front-end readout unit. It functions as an optical serializer in which the serialization of the input signal is provided by means of on-chip optical delay lines. The circuit employs electro-optic phase shifters to build amplitude modulators, power splitters for signal distribution, semiconductor optical amplifiers for signal amplification as well as on-chip reflectors. We present the concept of the system, the design and first characterization results of the devices that were fabricated in a multi-project wafer run

  12. Gravity Probe B gyroscope readout system

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    Muhlfelder, B.; Lockhart, J.; Aljabreen, H.; Clarke, B.; Gutt, G.; Luo, M.

    2015-11-01

    We describe the Gravity Probe B London-moment readout system successfully used on-orbit to measure two gyroscope spin axis drift rates predicted by general relativity. The system couples the magnetic signal of a spinning niobium-coated rotor into a low noise superconducting quantum interference device. We describe the multi-layered magnetic shield needed to attenuate external fields that would otherwise degrade readout performance. We discuss the ∼35 nrad/yr drift rate sensitivity that was achieved on-orbit.

  13. A 10Gb/s APD-based linear burst-mode receiver with 31dB dynamic range for reach-extended PON systems.

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    Yin, Xin; Moeneclaey, Bart; Qiu, Xing-Zhi; Verbrugghe, Jochen; Verheyen, Koen; Bauwelinck, Johan; Vandewege, Jan; Achouche, Mohand; Chang, Y

    2012-12-10

    We present for the first time a high performance APD-based linear burst-mode receiver (BM-RX) with a record wide dynamic range of 31 dB. The APD multiplication factor is controlled from burst to burst within 60 ns by an on-chip self-generated M-control signal. In the experiment, a total optical budget of 54 dB is achieved with a single SOA-based reach extender for 10 Gb/s upstream. With electronic dispersion compensation, the APD linear BM-RX with a wide dynamic range relaxes the requirement on optical components and lowers the system cost, especially at the optical network unit (ONU) side. PMID:23262889

  14. 基于线阵APD探测器的脉冲式一维非扫描激光雷达系统%Pulsed one-dimensional scannerless LiDAR system based on linear APD array

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    郑睿童; 吴冠豪

    2012-01-01

    The principle of scannerless LiDAR was introduced. The developed one -dimensional scannerless LiDAR system based on linear APD was described. Linear array APD and infrared pulsed nanosecond laser were employed as detector and probe light source respectively. By using the time-of-flight pulsed laser rangefinding technique, the one-dimensional scannerless distance image of the target could be obtained. Parallel multi-channel pre-amplifiers were implemented and high-speed relays were used to switch between channels, by which, the isolation of channels were improved effectively. Several groups of one-dimensional distance imaging experiments were carried out. The results illustrate that the resolutions of multi-channel distance imaging are better than 10 cm and the average standard deviation for channels is approximate to 8.6 cm. The design in this system provides the basis on developing the two-dimensional scannerless LiDAR by APD planar array.%介绍了非扫描激光雷达的原理,描述了研制的基于线阵APD雪崩光电二极管的一维非扫描激光雷达系统.该系统使用线阵APD作为探测器,红外脉冲式纳秒激光器作为探测光源,利用飞行时间法实现了目标的一维距离图像的非扫描测量.系统使用了APD多通道并行前置放大电路,并利用模拟开关控制高速继电器进行多通道轮询切换,实现了APD阵列的多通道驱动,并有效地降低了通道间的串扰.进行了多组6~18m的一维距离成像实验,结果表明系统的距离分辨率优于10 cm,各通道的平均测距标准偏差约为8.6 cm.该系统的设计为将来的面阵APD二维非扫描激光雷达的研制奠定了基础.

  15. Comparison between two possible CMS Barrel Muon Readout Architectures

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    A comparison between two possible readout arquitectures for the CMS muon barrel readout electronics is presented, including various aspects like costs, reliability, installation, staging and maintenance. A review of the present baseline architecture is given in the appendix. (Author)

  16. Improved Readout For Micromagnet/Hall-Effect Memories

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    Wu, Jiin-Chuan; Stadler, Henry L.; Katti, Romney R.

    1993-01-01

    Two improved readout circuits for micromagnet/Hall-effect random-access memories designed to eliminate current shunts introducing errors into outputs of older readout circuits. Incorporate additional switching transistors to isolate Hall sensors as needed.

  17. Readout logic and its hardware implementation in the DIRAC experiment

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    Readout logic and architecture of the readout hardware of the experiment DIRAC at CERN are described. The data collection system is configured from dedicated and commercial readout branches running in a parallel hardware-controlled mode. Readout process is controlled by trigger processors which may decide to reject an event during its acquisition. The system design provides a small dead time resulting in a sufficiently high rate capability

  18. Raman-based microarray readout: a review.

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    Haisch, Christoph

    2016-07-01

    For a quarter of a century, microarrays have been part of the routine analytical toolbox. Label-based fluorescence detection is still the commonest optical readout strategy. Since the 1990s, a continuously increasing number of label-based as well as label-free experiments on Raman-based microarray readout concepts have been reported. This review summarizes the possible concepts and methods and their advantages and challenges. A common label-based strategy is based on the binding of selective receptors as well as Raman reporter molecules to plasmonic nanoparticles in a sandwich immunoassay, which results in surface-enhanced Raman scattering signals of the reporter molecule. Alternatively, capture of the analytes can be performed by receptors on a microarray surface. Addition of plasmonic nanoparticles again leads to a surface-enhanced Raman scattering signal, not of a label but directly of the analyte. This approach is mostly proposed for bacteria and cell detection. However, although many promising readout strategies have been discussed in numerous publications, rarely have any of them made the step from proof of concept to a practical application, let alone routine use. Graphical Abstract Possible realization of a SERS (Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering) system for microarray readout. PMID:26973235

  19. Latest generation of ASICs for photodetector readout

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    Seguin-Moreau, N., E-mail: seguin@lal.in2p3.fr [Laboratoire de l’Accélérateur Linéaire, IN2P3-CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, Bâtiment 200, 91898 Orsay Cedex (France)

    2013-08-01

    The OMEGA microelectronics group has designed a new generation of multichannel integrated circuits, the “ROC” family, in AustrianMicroSystem (AMS) SiGe 0.35 μm technology to read out signals from various families of photodetectors. The chip named MAROC (standing for Multi Anode ReadOut Chip) has been designed to read out MultiAnode Photomultipliers (MAPMT), Photomultiplier ARray In SiGe ReadOut Chip (PARISROC) to read out Photomultipliers (PMTs) and SiPM Integrated ReadOut Chip (SPIROC) to readout Silicon PhotoMultiplier (SiPM) detectors and which was the first ASIC to do so. The three of them fulfill the stringent requirements of the future photodetectors, in particular in terms of low noise, radiation hardness, large dynamic range, high density and high speed while keeping low power thanks to the SiGe technology. These multi-channel ASICs are real System on Chip (SoC) as they provide charge, time and photon-counting information which are digitized internally. Their complexity and versatility enable innovative frontier detectors and also cover spin off of these detectors in adjacent fields such as medical or material imaging as well as smart detectors. In this presentation, the three ASIC architectures and test results will be described to give a general panorama of the “ROC” chips.

  20. Latest generation of ASICs for photodetector readout

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    Seguin-Moreau, N.

    2013-08-01

    The OMEGA microelectronics group has designed a new generation of multichannel integrated circuits, the "ROC" family, in AustrianMicroSystem (AMS) SiGe 0.35 μm technology to read out signals from various families of photodetectors. The chip named MAROC (standing for Multi Anode ReadOut Chip) has been designed to read out MultiAnode Photomultipliers (MAPMT), Photomultiplier ARray In SiGe ReadOut Chip (PARISROC) to read out Photomultipliers (PMTs) and SiPM Integrated ReadOut Chip (SPIROC) to readout Silicon PhotoMultiplier (SiPM) detectors and which was the first ASIC to do so. The three of them fulfill the stringent requirements of the future photodetectors, in particular in terms of low noise, radiation hardness, large dynamic range, high density and high speed while keeping low power thanks to the SiGe technology. These multi-channel ASICs are real System on Chip (SoC) as they provide charge, time and photon-counting information which are digitized internally. Their complexity and versatility enable innovative frontier detectors and also cover spin off of these detectors in adjacent fields such as medical or material imaging as well as smart detectors. In this presentation, the three ASIC architectures and test results will be described to give a general panorama of the "ROC" chips.

  1. Readout of the upgraded ALICE-ITS

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    Szczepankiewicz, A.

    2016-07-01

    The ALICE experiment will undergo a major upgrade during the second long shutdown of the CERN LHC. As part of this program, the present Inner Tracking System (ITS), which employs different layers of hybrid pixels, silicon drift and strip detectors, will be replaced by a completely new tracker composed of seven layers of monolithic active pixel sensors. The upgraded ITS will have more than twelve billion pixels in total, producing 300 Gbit/s of data when tracking 50 kHz Pb-Pb events. Two families of pixel chips realized with the TowerJazz CMOS imaging process have been developed as candidate sensors: the ALPIDE, which uses a proprietary readout and sparsification mechanism and the MISTRAL-O, based on a proven rolling shutter architecture. Both chips can operate in continuous mode, with the ALPIDE also supporting triggered operations. As the communication IP blocks are shared among the two chip families, it has been possible to develop a common Readout Electronics. All the sensor components (analog stages, state machines, buffers, FIFOs, etc.) have been modelled in a system level simulation, which has been extensively used to optimize both the sensor and the whole readout chain design in an iterative process. This contribution covers the progress of the R&D efforts and the overall expected performance of the ALICE-ITS readout system.

  2. Microwave multiplex readout for superconducting sensors

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    Ferri, E.; Becker, D.; Bennett, D.; Faverzani, M.; Fowler, J.; Gard, J.; Giachero, A.; Hays-Wehle, J.; Hilton, G.; Maino, M.; Mates, J.; Puiu, A.; Nucciotti, A.; Reintsema, C.; Schmidt, D.; Swetz, D.; Ullom, J.; Vale, L.

    2016-07-01

    The absolute neutrino mass scale is still an outstanding challenge in both particle physics and cosmology. The calorimetric measurement of the energy released in a nuclear beta decay is a powerful tool to determine the effective electron-neutrino mass. In the last years, the progress on low temperature detector technologies has allowed to design large scale experiments aiming at pushing down the sensitivity on the neutrino mass below 1 eV. Even with outstanding performances in both energy (~ eV on keV) and time resolution (~ 1 μs) on the single channel, a large number of detectors working in parallel is required to reach a sub-eV sensitivity. Microwave frequency domain readout is the best available technique to readout large array of low temperature detectors, such as Transition Edge Sensors (TESs) or Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs). In this way a multiplex factor of the order of thousands can be reached, limited only by the bandwidth of the available commercial fast digitizers. This microwave multiplexing system will be used to readout the HOLMES detectors, an array of 1000 microcalorimeters based on TES sensors in which the 163Ho will be implanted. HOLMES is a new experiment for measuring the electron neutrino mass by means of the electron capture (EC) decay of 163Ho. We present here the microwave frequency multiplex which will be used in the HOLMES experiment and the microwave frequency multiplex used to readout the MKID detectors developed in Milan as well.

  3. A readout unit for high rate applications

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    Toledo, J; Domínguez, D; Guirao-Elias, A; Müller, H

    2002-01-01

    The LHCb readout unit (RU) is a custom entry stage to the readout network of a data-acquisition or trigger system. It performs subevent building from multiple link inputs toward a readout network via a PCI network interface or alternatively toward a high-speed link, via an S-link interface. Incoming event fragments are derandomized, buffered and assembled into single subevents. This process is based on a low- overhead framing convention and matching of equal event numbers. Programmable logic is used both in the input and output stages of the RU module, which may be configured either as a data-link multiplexer or as entry stage to a readout or trigger network. All FPGAs are interconnected via the PCI bus, which is hosted by a networked microprocessor card. Its main tasks are remote FPGA configuration and initialization of the PCI cards. The RU hardware architecture has been optimized for a throughput of up to 200 MB/s at a 1 MHz trigger rate, as required by the most demanding application, the LHCb level-1 trig...

  4. Latest generation of ASICs for photodetector readout

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    The OMEGA microelectronics group has designed a new generation of multichannel integrated circuits, the “ROC” family, in AustrianMicroSystem (AMS) SiGe 0.35 μm technology to read out signals from various families of photodetectors. The chip named MAROC (standing for Multi Anode ReadOut Chip) has been designed to read out MultiAnode Photomultipliers (MAPMT), Photomultiplier ARray In SiGe ReadOut Chip (PARISROC) to read out Photomultipliers (PMTs) and SiPM Integrated ReadOut Chip (SPIROC) to readout Silicon PhotoMultiplier (SiPM) detectors and which was the first ASIC to do so. The three of them fulfill the stringent requirements of the future photodetectors, in particular in terms of low noise, radiation hardness, large dynamic range, high density and high speed while keeping low power thanks to the SiGe technology. These multi-channel ASICs are real System on Chip (SoC) as they provide charge, time and photon-counting information which are digitized internally. Their complexity and versatility enable innovative frontier detectors and also cover spin off of these detectors in adjacent fields such as medical or material imaging as well as smart detectors. In this presentation, the three ASIC architectures and test results will be described to give a general panorama of the “ROC” chips

  5. TPC with GEM readout for TESLA

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    A Time Projection Chamber (TPC) is proposed as the main tracking device for the detector at the future e+e- linear accelerator now studied in Europe. The performance requirements and the basic design using a Gas Electron Multiplier (GEM) as the readout device are described. Some preliminary R and D results are discussed

  6. FACT light collection - solid light concentrators in Cherenkov Astronomy

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    Pixelized cameras of Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescopes use hollow light guides with reflective surfaces based on the Winston cone design. These cones minimize insensitive spaces between the photo sensors and shield the camera from stray background light by limiting the angular acceptance to the primary reflector area. FACT (First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope) will be the first IACT with Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes as light sensors. Solid light concentrators complementing these sensors will be used instead of hollow Winston cones. We will present simulations and measurements of our light collector design, which was optimized for the requirements of the FACT telescope and detector, and discuss the specific differences to more traditional solutions.

  7. Tests of CMS Hadron Forward Calorimeter Upgrade Readout Box Prototype

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    Chatrchyan, Sergey; Sirunyan, Albert; Tumasyan, Armen; Mossolov, Vladimir; Shumeiko, Nikolai; Cornelis, Tom; Ochesanu, Silvia; Roland, Benoit Florent; Staykova, Zlatka; Van Haevermaet, Hans; Van Mechelen, Pierre; Van Spilbeeck, Alex; Alves, Gilvan Augusto; Martins, Thiago Dos Reis; Pol, Maria Elena; Vaz Da Silva Filho, Mario; Alda Junior, Walter Luiz; Carvalho, Wagner De Paula; Chinellato, Jose Augusto; De Oliveira Martins, Carley Pedro; Figueiredo, Diego Matos; Tonelli Manganote, Edmilson Jose; Molina Insfran, Jorge Andres; Mundim, Luiz; Nogima, Helio; Prado Da Silva, Wanda Lucia; Santoro, Alberto; Rosa Lopes Zachi, Alessandro; Finger, Miroslav; Finger, Michael; Tsamalaidze, Zviad; Borras, Kerstin; Gunnellini, Paolo; Jung, Hannes; Knutsson, Albert Hans; Lutz, Benjamin; Ribeiro Cipriano, Pedro Miguel; Sen, Niladri; Baus, Colin; Katkov, Igor; Ulrich, Ralf Matthias; Wohrmann, H; Panagiotou, Apostolos; Bencze, Gyorgy; Horvath, D; Bala, Suman; Gupta, Ruchi; Jindal, M; Lal, Manjit Kaur; 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Pastika, Nathaniel Joseph; Kroeger, Robert; Rahmat, Rahmat; Sanders, David; Cremaldi, Lucien Marcus; Jain, S; Anastassov, Anton; Velasco, Mayda Marie; Won, Steven; Heering, Adriaan; Karmgard, Daniel; Pearson, Tessa Jae; Ruchti, Randal; Berry, Edmund A; Halyo, Valerie; Hebda, Philip; Hunt, Adam Paul; Lujan, Paul Joseph; Marlow, Daniel; Medvedeva, Tatiana; Saka, Halil; Tully, Christopher; Zuranski, Andrzej Maciej; Barnes, Virgil Everett; Laasanen, Alvin; Bodek, Arie; Chung, Yeon Sei; de Barbaro, Pawel Jan; Eshaq, Yossof; Garcia-bellido, Aran Angel; Goldenzweig, Pablo David; Han, Ji Yeon; Harel, Amnon; Miner, Daniel Carl; Vishnevskiy, Dmitry; Zielinski, Marek; Bhatti, Anwar; Ciesielski, Robert Adam; Flanagan, Will Hogan; Kamon, Teruki; Montalvo, Roy Joaquin; Sakuma, Tai; Akchurin, Nural; Damgov, Jordan; Dudero, Phillip Russell; Kovitanggoon, Kittikul; Lee, Sung Won; Libeiro, Terence; Volobouev, Igor; Gurrola, Alfredo; Milstene, Caroline

    2012-01-01

    A readout box prototype for CMS Hadron Forward calorimeter upgrade is built and tested in CERN H2 beamline. The prototype is designed to enable simultaneous tests of different readout options for the four anode upgrade PMTs, new front-end electronics design and new cabling. The response of the PMTs with different readout options is uniform and the background response is minimal. Multi-channel readout options further enhance the background elimination. Passing all the electronics, mechanical and physics tests, the readout box proves to be capable of providing the forward hadron calorimeter operations requirements in the upgrade era.

  8. Characterization of the JUDIDT Readout Electronics for Neutron Detection

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    Fabbri, R; Engels, R; Kemmerling, G; van Waasen, S; Juelich, Forschungszentrum

    2013-01-01

    The Group for the development of neutron and gamma detectors in the Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA-2) at Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ) has developed, in collaboration with European institutes, an Anger Camera prototype for improving the impact point reconstruction of neutron tracks. The detector is a chamber filled with $^3He+CF_4$ gas for neutron capture and subsequent production of a tritium and a proton. The energy deposition by the ions gives rise to drifting electrons with an avalanche amplification as they approach a micro-strip anode structure. The scintillating light, generated during the electron drift and avalanche stage, is collected by four vacuum photomultipliers. The position reconstruction is performed via software algorithms. The JUDIDT readout electronics was modified at ZEA-2 to cope with the data acquisition requirements of the prototype. The results of the commissioning of the electronics are here presented and commented.

  9. Dual-Readout Calorimetry for High-Quality Energy

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    During the past seven years, the DREAM collaboration has systematically investigated all factors that determine and limit the precision with which the properties of hadrons and jets can be measured in calorimeters. Using simultaneous detection of the deposited energy and the Cerenkov light produced in hadronic shower development ${(dual}$ ${readout}$), the fluctuations in the electromagnetic shower fraction could be measured event by event their effects on signal linearity, response function and energy resolution eliminated. Detailed measurement of the time structure of the signals made it possible to measure the contirbutions of nuclear evaporation neutrons to the signals and thus reduce the effects of fluctuations in "invisible energy". We are now embarking on the construction of a full-scale calorimeter which incorporates all these elements and which should make it possible to measure the four-vectors of both electrons, hadrons and jets with very high precision, in an instrument that can be simply calibrat...

  10. Sensitivity improvement of a laser interferometer limited by inelastic back-scattering, employing dual readout

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    Meinders, Melanie

    2015-01-01

    Inelastic back-scattering of stray light is a long-standing problem in high-sensitivity interferometric measurements and a potential limitation for advanced gravitational-wave detectors, in particular at sub-audio-band frequencies. The emerging parasitic interferences cannot be distinguished from a scientific signal via conventional single readout. In this work, we propose and demonstrate the subtraction of inelastic back-scatter signals by employing dual homodyne detection on the output light -- here -- of a table-top Michelson interferometer. The additional readout contains solely parasitic signals and is used to model the scatter source. Subtraction of the scatter signal reduces the noise spectral density and thus improves the measurement sensitivity. Our scheme is qualitatively different from the previously demonstrated vetoing of scatter signals and opens a new path for improving the sensitivity of future gravitational-wave detectors.

  11. Calibration and performance of the photon sensor response of FACT — the first G-APD Cherenkov telescope

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    The First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) is the first in-operation test of the performance of silicon photo detectors in Cherenkov Astronomy. For more than two years it is operated on La Palma, Canary Islands (Spain), for the purpose of long-term monitoring of astrophysical sources. For this, the performance of the photo detectors is crucial and therefore has been studied in great detail. Special care has been taken for their temperature and voltage dependence implementing a correction method to keep their properties stable. Several measurements have been carried out to monitor the performance. The measurements and their results are shown, demonstrating the stability of the gain below the percent level. The resulting stability of the whole system is discussed, nicely demonstrating that silicon photo detectors are perfectly suited for the usage in Cherenkov telescopes, especially for long-term monitoring purpose

  12. Calibration and performance of the photon sensor response of FACT -- The First G-APD Cherenkov telescope

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    Biland, A; Buß, J; Commichau, V; Djambazov, L; Dorner, D; Einecke, S; Eisenacher, D; Freiwald, J; Grimm, O; von Gunten, H; Haller, C; Hempfling, C; Hildebrand, D; Hughes, G; Horisberger, U; Knoetig, M L; Krähenbühl, T; Lustermann, W; Lyard, E; Mannheim, K; Meier, K; Mueller, S; Neise, D; Overkemping, A -K; Paravac, A; Pauss, F; Rhode, W; Röser, U; Stucki, J -P; Steinbring, T; Temme, F; Thaele, J; Vogler, P; Walter, R; Weitzel, Q

    2014-01-01

    The First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) is the first in-operation test of the performance of silicon photo detectors in Cherenkov Astronomy. For more than two years it is operated on La Palma, Canary Islands (Spain), for the purpose of long-term monitoring of astrophysical sources. For this, the performance of the photo detectors is crucial and therefore has been studied in great detail. Special care has been taken for their temperature and voltage dependence implementing a correction method to keep their properties stable. Several measurements have been carried out to monitor the performance. The measurements and their results are shown, demonstrating the stability of the gain below the percent level. The resulting stability of the whole system is discussed, nicely demonstrating that silicon photo detectors are perfectly suited for the usage in Cherenkov telescopes, especially for long-term monitoring purpose.

  13. LYSO crystal calorimeter readout with silicon photomultipliers

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    Berra, A.; Bonvicini, V.; Cecchi, C.; Germani, S.; Guffanti, D.; Lietti, D.; Lubrano, P.; Manoni, E.; Prest, M.; Rossi, A.; Vallazza, E.

    2014-11-01

    Large area Silicon PhotoMultipliers (SiPMs) are the new frontier of the development of readout systems for scintillating detectors. A SiPM consists of a matrix of parallel-connected silicon micropixels operating in limited Geiger-Muller avalanche mode, and thus working as independent photon counters with a very high gain (~106). This contribution presents the performance in terms of linearity and energy resolution of an electromagnetic homogeneous calorimeter composed of 9 ~ 18X0 LYSO crystals. The crystals were readout by 36 4×4 mm2 SiPMs (4 for each crystal) produced by FBK-irst. This calorimeter was tested at the Beam Test Facility at the INFN laboratories in Frascati with a single- and multi-particle electron beam in the 100-500 MeV energy range.

  14. Design of a ballistic fluxon qubit readout

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    Herr Kidiyarova-Shevchenko, Anna; Fedorov, Arkady; Shnirman, Alexander; Il'ichev, Evgeny; Schön, Gerd

    2007-11-01

    A detailed design is given for a flux qubit readout using ballistic fluxons. In this scheme, fluxons propagate through an underdamped Josephson transmission line (JTL) coupled to the qubit, whose state affects the fluxon propagation time. For strong qubit-JTL coupling, and far from the symmetry point, a qubit can be measured with fidelity greater than 99% and measurement time of 4 ns. The readout circuit requires additional rapid single flux quantum (RSFQ) interface circuitry to launch and receive the delayed flux solitons. The parameters of this driver and receiver have been optimized to produce low fluxon speed at launch and impedance matching at the receiver. The delayed solitons are compared to a reference line using a detector with time resolution of better than 16 ps. Both the JTL and RSFQ interface were designed for the Nb 30 A cm-2 process developed at VTT, Finland, with postdeposition of the Al qubit at IPHT, Germany.

  15. Characterization of Silicon Detector Readout Electronics

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    Jones, M. [Purdue U.

    2015-07-22

    Configuration and calibration of the front-end electronics typical of many silicon detector configurations were investigated in a lab activity based on a pair of strip sensors interfaced with FSSR2 read-out chips and an FPGA. This simple hardware configuration, originally developed for a telescope at the Fermilab Test Beam Facility, was used to measure thresholds and noise on individual readout channels and to study the influence that different configurations of the front-end electronics had on the observed levels of noise in the system. An understanding of the calibration and operation of this small detector system provided an opportunity to explore the architecture of larger systems such as those currently in use at LHC experiments.

  16. Design considerations for pixel readout chips

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    Fischer, P

    2003-01-01

    Pixel detectors are becoming a standard tracking component in modern particle physics experiment and find first applications in X-ray diffraction, medical imaging and astronomy. The amplification and the readout of the small signal charges from the pixel sensor require highly integrated ASICs in which several thousand low-noise charge-sensitive amplifiers are densely interspersed with fast data-processing logic. The reduction of crosstalk from the digital to the analog section is therefore crucial. The frequent demand for radiation tolerance requires special chip technologies or the use of deep sub-micron processes with suited design rules. This paper summarizes a few designs aspects particularly important for pixel readout chips.

  17. LSST camera readout chip ASPIC: test tools

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    The LSST camera will have more than 3000 video-processing channels. The readout of this large focal plane requires a very compact readout chain. The correlated ''Double Sampling technique'', which is generally used for the signal readout of CCDs, is also adopted for this application and implemented with the so called ''Dual Slope integrator'' method. We have designed and implemented an ASIC for LSST: the Analog Signal Processing asIC (ASPIC). The goal is to amplify the signal close to the output, in order to maximize signal to noise ratio, and to send differential outputs to the digitization. Others requirements are that each chip should process the output of half a CCD, that is 8 channels and should operate at 173 K. A specific Back End board has been designed especially for lab test purposes. It manages the clock signals, digitizes the analog differentials outputs of ASPIC and stores data into a memory. It contains 8 ADCs (18 bits), 512 kwords memory and an USB interface. An FPGA manages all signals from/to all components on board and generates the timing sequence for ASPIC. Its firmware is written in Verilog and VHDL languages. Internals registers permit to define various tests parameters of the ASPIC. A Labview GUI allows to load or update these registers and to check a proper operation. Several series of tests, including linearity, noise and crosstalk, have been performed over the past year to characterize the ASPIC at room and cold temperature. At present, the ASPIC, Back-End board and CCD detectors are being integrated to perform a characterization of the whole readout chain.

  18. The pipelined readout for the ZEUS calorimeter

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    The electron-proton storage ring complex HERA under construction at DESY in Hamburg is the first machine of a new generation of colliders. Since physics to be studied at HERA (covered in chapter 2) base on the precise measurement of kinematic variables over a very large range of energies, a foremost emphasis is set in calorimetry. After long studies and an ambitious test program, the ZEUS collaboration has built a high resolution depleted uranium-scintillator calorimeter with photomultiplier readout, the state of the art in detectors of this type. In chapter 3 the principles of calorimetry are reviewed and the construction of the ZEUS calorimeter is described. Mainly due to the large dynamic range and the short bunch crossing times a novel concept for the readout in an analog pipelined fashion had to be designed. This concept is explained in chapter 4. The solid state implementation of the pipeline required two integrated circuits which were developed specially for the ZEUS calorimeter in collaboration with an electronics research institute and produced by industry. The design and construction of these devices and the detailed testing which has been performed for properties critical in the readout is covered in chapters 5 and 6. The whole pipelined readout is a complicated setup with many steps and collaborating systems. Its implementation and the information to operate it are covered in chapter 7. Finally the concepts presented and the applications discussed have been installed and tested on a test beam calibration experiment. There, the modules of the calorimeter have been calibrated. Chapter 8 presents results from these measurements which show excellent performance of the electronics as well as optimal properties of the calorimeter modules. (orig./HSI)

  19. A readout system for passive pressure sensors

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    This paper presents a readout system for the passive pressure sensors which consist of a pressure-sensitive capacitor and an inductance coil to form an LC circuit. The LC circuit transforms the pressure variation into the LC resonant frequency shift. The proposed system is composed of a reader antenna inductively coupled to the sensor inductor, a measurement circuit, and a PC post-processing unit. The measurement circuit generates a DC output voltage related to the sensor's resonant frequency and converts the output voltage into digital form. The PC post-processing unit processes the digital data and calculates the sensor's resonant frequency. To test the performance of the readout system, a sensor is designed and fabricated based on low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), and a series of testing experiments is carried out. The experimental results show good agreement with the impedance analyzer's results, their error is less than 2.5%, and the measured values are almost insensitive to the variation of readout distance. It proves that the proposed system is effective practically. (semiconductor integrated circuits)

  20. Development of microwave kinetic inductance detectors and their readout system for LiteBIRD

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    Hattori, K.; Hazumi, M. [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Ishino, H.; Kibayashi, A. [Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Kibe, Y., E-mail: kibe@fphy.hep.okayama-u.ac.jp [Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Mima, S. [Terahertz-wave Research Group, RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Okamura, T.; Sato, N.; Tomaru, T. [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Yamada, Y. [Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Yoshida, M. [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan); Yuasa, T. [Okayama University, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Watanabe, H. [SOKENDAI, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0801 (Japan)

    2013-12-21

    Primordial gravitational waves generated by inflation have produced an odd-parity pattern B-mode in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization. LiteBIRD (Light satellite for the studies of B-mode polarization and Inflation from cosmic background Radiation Detection) aims at detecting this B-mode polarization precisely. It requires about 2000 detectors capable of detecting a frequency range from 50 GHz to 250 GHz with ultra low noise. Superconducting detectors are suitable for this requirement. We have fabricated and tested microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) and developed a new readout system. We have designed antenna-coupled MKIDs. Quasi-particles are created by incident radiation and are detected as a change of the surface impedance of a superconductor strip. This change of the surface impedance is translated into the change of the resonant frequency of a microwave signal transmitted through the resonator. We also have developed a new readout system for MKIDs. The newly developed readout system is not only able to read out the amplitude and the phase data with the homodyne detection for multi-channels, but also provides a unique feature of tracking the resonant frequency of the target resonator. This mechanism enables us to detect signals with a large dynamic range. We report on the recent R and D status of the developing MKIDs and on the read-out system for LiteBIRD.

  1. Development of microwave kinetic inductance detectors and their readout system for LiteBIRD

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    Primordial gravitational waves generated by inflation have produced an odd-parity pattern B-mode in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) polarization. LiteBIRD (Light satellite for the studies of B-mode polarization and Inflation from cosmic background Radiation Detection) aims at detecting this B-mode polarization precisely. It requires about 2000 detectors capable of detecting a frequency range from 50 GHz to 250 GHz with ultra low noise. Superconducting detectors are suitable for this requirement. We have fabricated and tested microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) and developed a new readout system. We have designed antenna-coupled MKIDs. Quasi-particles are created by incident radiation and are detected as a change of the surface impedance of a superconductor strip. This change of the surface impedance is translated into the change of the resonant frequency of a microwave signal transmitted through the resonator. We also have developed a new readout system for MKIDs. The newly developed readout system is not only able to read out the amplitude and the phase data with the homodyne detection for multi-channels, but also provides a unique feature of tracking the resonant frequency of the target resonator. This mechanism enables us to detect signals with a large dynamic range. We report on the recent R and D status of the developing MKIDs and on the read-out system for LiteBIRD

  2. FACT - Long-term stability and observations during strong Moon light

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    Knoetig, M L; Bretz, T; Buß, J; Dorner, D; Einecke, S; Eisenacher, D; Hildebrand, D; Krähenbühl, T; Lustermann, W; Mannheim, K; Meier, K; Neise, D; Overkemping, A -K; Paravac, A; Pauss, F; Rhode, W; Ribordy, M; Steinbring, T; Temme, F; Thaele, J; Vogler, P; Walter, R; Weitzel, Q; Zänglein, M

    2013-01-01

    The First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT) is the first Cherenkov telescope equipped with a camera made of silicon photon detectors (G-APD aka. SiPM). Since October 2011, it is regularly taking data on the Canary Island of La Palma. G-APDs are ideal detectors for Cherenkov telescopes as they are robust and stable. Furthermore, the insensitivity of G-APDs towards strong ambient light allows to conduct observations during bright Moon and twilight. This gain in observation time is essential for the long-term monitoring of bright TeV blazars. During the commissioning phase, hundreds of hours of data (including data from the the Crab Nebula) were taken in order to understand the performance and sensitivity of the instrument. The data cover a wide range of observation conditions including different weather conditions, different zenith angles and different light conditions (ranging from dark night to direct full Moon). We use a new parmetrisation of the Moon light background to enhance our scheduling and to monitor ...

  3. Trigger and Readout System for the Ashra-1 Detector

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    Aita, Y.; Aoki, T.; Asaoka, Y.; Morimoto, Y.; Motz, H. M.; Sasaki, M.; Abiko, C.; Kanokohata, C.; Ogawa, S.; Shibuya, H.; Takada, T.; Kimura, T.; Learned, J. G.; Matsuno, S.; Kuze, S.; Binder, P. M.; Goldman, J.; Sugiyama, N.; Watanabe, Y.

    Highly sophisticated trigger and readout system has been developed for All-sky Survey High Resolution Air-shower (Ashra) detector. Ashra-1 detector has 42 degree diameter field of view. Detection of Cherenkov and fluorescence light from large background in the large field of view requires finely segmented and high speed trigger and readout system. The system is composed of optical fiber image transmission system, 64 × 64 channel trigger sensor and FPGA based trigger logic processor. The system typically processes the image within 10 to 30 ns and opens the shutter on the fine CMOS sensor. 64 × 64 coarse split image is transferred via 64 × 64 precisely aligned optical fiber bundle to a photon sensor. Current signals from the photon sensor are discriminated by custom made trigger amplifiers. FPGA based processor processes 64 × 64 hit pattern and correspondent partial area of the fine image is acquired. Commissioning earth skimming tau neutrino observational search was carried out with this trigger system. In addition to the geometrical advantage of the Ashra observational site, the excellent tau shower axis measurement based on the fine imaging and the night sky background rejection based on the fine and fast imaging allow zero background tau shower search. Adoption of the optical fiber bundle and trigger LSI realized 4k channel trigger system cheaply. Detectability of tau shower is also confirmed by simultaneously observed Cherenkov air shower. Reduction of the trigger threshold appears to enhance the effective area especially in PeV tau neutrino energy region. New two dimensional trigger LSI was introduced and the trigger threshold was lowered. New calibration system of the trigger system was recently developed and introduced to the Ashra detector

  4. Compact Pulse Width Modulation Circuitry for Silicon Photomultiplier Readout

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    Bieniosek, M F; Olcott, P D; Levin, C. S.

    2013-01-01

    The adoption of solid state photo-detectors for positron emission tomography (PET) system design and the interest in 3D interaction information from PET detectors has lead to an increasing number of readout channels in PET systems. To handle these additional readout channels, PET readout electronics should be simplified to reduce the power consumption, cost, and size of the electronics for a single channel. Pulse width modulation (PWM), where detector pulses are converted to digital pulses wi...

  5. LHCb: A new Readout Control system for the LHCb Upgrade

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    Alessio, F

    2012-01-01

    The LHCb experiment has proposed an upgrade towards a full 40 MHz readout system in order to run between five and ten times its initial design luminosity. The entire readout architecture will be upgraded in order to cope with higher sub-detector occupancies, higher rate and higher network load. In this paper, we describe the architecture, functionalities and the first hardware implementation of a new Readout Control system for the LHCb upgrade. The system is based on FPGAs and bi-directional links for the control of the entire readout architecture. First results on the validation of the system are also given.

  6. Time over threshold readout method of SiPM based small animal PET detector

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    Complete text of publication follows. The aim of the work was to design a readout concept for silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) sensor array used in small animal PET scanner. The detector module consist of LYSO 35x35 scintillation crystals, 324 SiPM sensors (arranged in 2x2 blocks and those quads in a 9x9 configuration) and FPGA based readout electronics. The dimensions of the SiPM matrix are area: 48x48 mm2 and the size of one SiPM sensor is 1.95x2.2 mm2. Due to the high dark current of the SiPM, conventional Anger based readout method does not provide sufficient crystal position maps. Digitizing the 324 SiPM channels is a straightforward way to obtain proper crystal position maps. However handling hundreds of analogue input channels and the required DSP resources cause large racks of data acquisition electronics. Therefore coding of the readout channels is required. Proposed readout method: The coding of the 324 SiPMs consists two steps: Step 1) Reduction of the channels from 324 to 36: Row column readout, SiPMs are connected to each other in column by column and row-by row, thus the required channels are 36. The dark current of 18 connected SiPMs is small in off for identifying pulses coming from scintillating events. Step 2) Reduction of the 18 rows and columns to 4 channels: Comparators were connected to each rows and columns, and the level was set above the level of dark noise. Therefore only few comparators are active when scintillation light enters in the tile. The output of the comparator rows and columns are divided to two parts using resistor chains. Then the outputs of the resistor chains are digitized by a 4 channel ADC. However instead of the Anger method, time over threshold (ToT) was used. Figure 1 shows the readout concept of the SiPM matrix. In order to validate the new method and optimize the front-end electronics of the detector, the analogue signals were digitized before the comparators using a CAEN DT5740 32 channel digitizer, then the

  7. HARP: high pressure argon readout for calorimeters

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    Steel tubes of approximately 8 mm O.D., filled with Argon gas to approx.200 bar, are considered as the active element for a charge collecting sampling calorimeter readout system. The tubes are permanently sealed and operated in the ion chamber mode, with the charge collection on a one-millimeter concentric anode. We present the motivation for such a device, including Monte Carlo predictions of performance. The method of construction and signal collection are discussed, with initial results on leakage and ageing of the filling gas. A prototype electromagnetic calorimeter is described

  8. PANDA straw tube detectors and readout

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    Strzempek, P.

    2016-07-01

    PANDA is a detector under construction dedicated to studies of production and interaction of particles in the charmonium mass range using antiproton beams in the momentum range of 1.5 - 15 GeV/c at the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) in Darmstadt. PANDA consists of two spectrometers: a Target Spectrometer with a superconducting solenoid and a Forward Spectrometer using a large dipole magnet and covering the most forward angles (Θ ) with amplification, signal shaping, tail cancellation, discriminator stages and Time Readout Boards as digitizer boards.

  9. Fluxon Readout of a Superconducting Qubit

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    Fedorov, Kirill G.; Shcherbakova, Anastasia V.; Wolf, Michael J.; Beckmann, Detlef; Ustinov, Alexey V.

    2014-04-01

    An experiment demonstrating a link between classical single-flux quantum digital logic and a superconducting quantum circuit is reported. We implement coupling between a moving Josephson vortex (fluxon) and a flux qubit by reading out of a state of the flux qubit through a frequency shift of the fluxon oscillations in an annular Josephson junction. The energy spectrum of the flux qubit is measured using this technique. The implemented hybrid scheme opens an opportunity to readout quantum states of superconducting qubits with the classical fluxon logic circuits.

  10. Optically readout write once read many memory with single active organic layer

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    An optically readable write once read many memory (WORM) in Ag/Poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH PPV)/ITO is demonstrated in this work. Utilising characteristics of the organic light emitting diode structure of Ag/MEH PPV/ITO and electrochemical metallization of Ag, a WORM with light emitting capability can be realised. The simple fabrication process and multifunction capability of the device can be useful for future wearable optoelectronics and photomemory applications, where fast and parallel readout can be achieved by photons

  11. Optically readout write once read many memory with single active organic layer

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    Nguyen, Viet Cuong; Lee, Pooi See, E-mail: pslee@ntu.edu.sg [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2016-01-18

    An optically readable write once read many memory (WORM) in Ag/Poly[2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MEH PPV)/ITO is demonstrated in this work. Utilising characteristics of the organic light emitting diode structure of Ag/MEH PPV/ITO and electrochemical metallization of Ag, a WORM with light emitting capability can be realised. The simple fabrication process and multifunction capability of the device can be useful for future wearable optoelectronics and photomemory applications, where fast and parallel readout can be achieved by photons.

  12. Response function of super-resolution readout of an optical disc studied by coupled electromagnetic–thermal simulation

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    Sano, Haruyuki; Shima, Takayuki; Kuwahara, Masashi; Fujita, Yoshiya; Uchiyama, Munehisa; Aono, Yoshiyuki

    2016-09-01

    To fully understand the properties of the readout signal in the super-resolution state, we implemented a multi-physics simulation of the propagation of electromagnetic waves and heat conduction in an optical disc that incorporates an InSb active layer. Response functions were obtained by calculating the light intensity reflected from a single small-pit structure. It was found that a typical response function in the super-resolution state has an asymmetric double-peak structure with high-spatial-frequency components. The complex profile of the response function indicated that the position of protrusions in the readout signal does not exactly correspond to that of the refractive index profile of the pit arrangement. We demonstrated that the measured readout signals also exhibit this particular characteristic and are roughly reproduced by the signals estimated from the response functions.

  13. ROIC with on-chip sigma-delta AD converter for HgCdTe e-APD FPA

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    Chen, Guoqiang; Zhang, Junling; Wang, Pan; Zhou, Jie; Gao, Lei; Ding, Ruijun

    2013-10-01

    HgCdTe electron injection avalanche photodiodes (e-APDs) work at linear mode. A weak optical current signal is amplified orders of magnitude due to the internal avalanche mechanism and it has been demonstrated to be one of the most promising methods to focal-plane arrays (FPAs) for low-flux like hyper-spectral imaging and high-speed applications such as active imaging. This paper presents the design of a column-shared ADC for cooled e-APDs FPA. Designing a digital FPA requires fulfilling very stringent requirements in terms of power consumption, silicon area and speed. Among the various ADC architectures sigma-delta conversion is a promising solution for high-performance and medium size FPA such as 128×128. The performance of Sigma-delta ADC rather relies on the modulator structure which set over-sampling and noise shaping characteristics than on critical analog circuits. This makes them quite robust and flexible. A multistage noise shaping (MASH) 2-1 single bit architecture sigma-delta conversion with switched-capacitor circuits is designed for column-shared ADC, which is implanted in the GLOBALFOUNDRIES 0.35um CMOS process with 4-poly and 4-metal on the basis of a 100um pixel pitch. It operates under 3.3V supply and the output range of the quantizer is 2V. A quantization noise subtraction circuit in modulator is designed to subtract the quantization noise of first-stage modulator. The quantization noise of the modulator is shaped by a high-pass filter. The silicon area and power consumption are mainly determined by the decimation low pass filter. A cascaded integrator-comb (CIC) filter is designed as the digital decimator filter. CIC filter requires no multipliers and use limited storage thereby leading to more economical hardware implementation. The register word length of the filter in each stage is carefully dimensioned in order to minimize the required hardware. Furthermore, the digital filters operate with a reduced supply voltage to 1.5V. Simulation

  14. Purcell-enhanced optical spin readout of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

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    Wolf, S. A.; Rosenberg, I.; Rapaport, R.; Bar-Gill, N.

    2015-12-01

    Nitrogen-vacancy (NV) color centers in diamond have emerged as promising quantum solid-state systems, with applications ranging from quantum information processing to magnetic sensing. One of the most useful properties of NVs is the ability to read their ground-state spin projection optically at room temperature. Using theoretical analysis of Purcell-enhanced NV optical coupling, we identify parameters for a significantly enhanced single-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the optical spin-state readout. We then demonstrate that a combined increase in spontaneous emission (through Purcell enhancement) and in optical excitation could significantly increase the readout SNR. Our combined analytical and numerical analysis, which is relevant for various optically active solid-state systems, differentiates between state-mixing processes and provides insights into the optimal light-matter coupling design.

  15. Local-Oscillator Noise Coupling in Balanced Homodyne Readout for Advanced Gravitational Wave Detectors

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    Steinlechner, Sebastian; Bell, Angus S; Danilishin, Stefan L; Gläfke, Andreas; Gräf, Christian; Hennig, Jan-Simon; Houston, E Alasdair; Huttner, Sabina H; Leavey, Sean S; Pascucci, Daniela; Sorazu, Borja; Spencer, Andrew; Strain, Kenneth A; Wright, Jennifer; Hild, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    The second generation of interferometric gravitational wave detectors are quickly approaching their design sensitivity. For the first time these detectors will become limited by quantum back-action noise. Several back-action evasion techniques have been proposed to further increase the detector sensitivity. Since most proposals rely on a flexible readout of the full amplitude- and phase-quadrature space of the output light field, balanced homodyne detection is generally expected to replace the currently used DC readout. Up to now, little investigation has been undertaken into how balanced homodyne detection can be successfully transferred from its ubiquitous application in table-top quantum optics experiments to large-scale interferometers with suspended optics. Here we derive implementation requirements with respect to local oscillator noise couplings and highlight potential issues with the example of the Glasgow Sagnac Speed Meter experiment, as well as for a future upgrade to the Advanced LIGO detectors.

  16. Monitoring the CMS strip tracker readout system

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    The CMS Silicon Strip Tracker at the LHC comprises a sensitive area of approximately 200 m2 and 10 million readout channels. Its data acquisition system is based around a custom analogue front-end chip. Both the control and the readout of the front-end electronics are performed by off-detector VME boards in the counting room, which digitise the raw event data and perform zero-suppression and formatting. The data acquisition system uses the CMS online software framework to configure, control and monitor the hardware components and steer the data acquisition. The first data analysis is performed online within the official CMS reconstruction framework, which provides many services, such as distributed analysis, access to geometry and conditions data, and a Data Quality Monitoring tool based on the online physics reconstruction. The data acquisition monitoring of the Strip Tracker uses both the data acquisition and the reconstruction software frameworks in order to provide real-time feedback to shifters on the operational state of the detector, archiving for later analysis and possibly trigger automatic recovery actions in case of errors. Here we review the proposed architecture of the monitoring system and we describe its software components, which are already in place, the various monitoring streams available, and our experiences of operating and monitoring a large-scale system

  17. Semiconductor detectors with proximity signal readout

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    Semiconductor-based radiation detectors are routinely used for the detection, imaging, and spectroscopy of x-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles for applications in the areas of nuclear and medical physics, astrophysics, environmental remediation, nuclear nonproliferation, and homeland security. Detectors used for imaging and particle tracking are more complex in that they typically must also measure the location of the radiation interaction in addition to the deposited energy. In such detectors, the position measurement is often achieved by dividing or segmenting the electrodes into many strips or pixels and then reading out the signals from all of the electrode segments. Fine electrode segmentation is problematic for many of the standard semiconductor detector technologies. Clearly there is a need for a semiconductor-based radiation detector technology that can achieve fine position resolution while maintaining the excellent energy resolution intrinsic to semiconductor detectors, can be fabricated through simple processes, does not require complex electrical interconnections to the detector, and can reduce the number of required channels of readout electronics. Proximity electrode signal readout (PESR), in which the electrodes are not in physical contact with the detector surface, satisfies this need

  18. Bifurcation readout of a Josephson phase qubit

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    The standard method to read out a Josephson phase qubit is using a dc-SQUID to measure the state-dependent magnetic flux of the qubit by switching to the non-superconducting state. This process generates heat directly on the qubit chip and quasi-particles in the circuitry. Both effects require a relatively long cool-down time after each switching event. This, together with the time needed to ramp up the bias current of the SQUID limits the repetition rate of the experiment. In our ongoing experiments we replace the standard readout scheme by a SQUID shunted by a capacitor. This nonlinear resonator is operated close to its bifurcation point between two oscillating states which depend on the qubit flux. The measurement is done by detecting either the resonance amplitude or phase shift of the reflected probe signal. We verified that our SQUID resonator works as linear resonator for low excitation powers and observed the periodic dependence of the resonance frequency on the externally applied magnetic flux. For higher excitation powers the device shows a hysteretic behavior between the two oscillating states. Current experiments are focused on a pulsed rf-readout to measure coherent evolution of the qubit states. We hope to achieve longer coherence times, perform faster measurements, and test non-destructive measurement schemes with Josephson phase qubits.

  19. Evolution of the dual-readout calorimeter

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    Aldo Penzo; on behalf of 4th Concept and DREAM

    2007-12-01

    Measuring the energy of hadronic jets with high precision is essential at present and future colliders, in particular at ILC. The 4th concept design is built upon calorimetry criteria that result in the DREAM prototype, read-out via two different types of longitudinal fibers, scintillator and quartz respectively, and therefore capable of determining for each shower the corresponding electromagnetic fraction, thus eliminating the strong effect of fluctuations in this fraction on the overall energy resolution. In this respect, 4th is orthogonal to the other three concepts, which rely on particle flow analysis (PFA). The DREAM test-beam results hold promises for excellent performances, coupled with relatively simple construction and moderate costs, making such a solution an interesting alternative to the PFA paradigm. The next foreseen steps are to extend the dual-readout principle to homogeneous calorimeters (with the potential of achieving even better performances) and to tackle another source of fluctuation in hadronic showers, originating from binding energy losses in nuclear break-up (measuring neutrons of few MeV energy).

  20. Semiconductor detectors with proximity signal readout

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    Asztalos, Stephen J. [XIA, LLC, Hayward, CA (United States)

    2014-01-30

    Semiconductor-based radiation detectors are routinely used for the detection, imaging, and spectroscopy of x-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles for applications in the areas of nuclear and medical physics, astrophysics, environmental remediation, nuclear nonproliferation, and homeland security. Detectors used for imaging and particle tracking are more complex in that they typically must also measure the location of the radiation interaction in addition to the deposited energy. In such detectors, the position measurement is often achieved by dividing or segmenting the electrodes into many strips or pixels and then reading out the signals from all of the electrode segments. Fine electrode segmentation is problematic for many of the standard semiconductor detector technologies. Clearly there is a need for a semiconductor-based radiation detector technology that can achieve fine position resolution while maintaining the excellent energy resolution intrinsic to semiconductor detectors, can be fabricated through simple processes, does not require complex electrical interconnections to the detector, and can reduce the number of required channels of readout electronics. Proximity electrode signal readout (PESR), in which the electrodes are not in physical contact with the detector surface, satisfies this need.

  1. First Avalanche-photodiode camera test (FACT): A novel camera using G-APDs for the observation of very high-energy γ-rays with Cherenkov telescopes

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    We present a project for a novel camera using Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiodes (G-APDs), to be installed in a small telescope (former HEGRA CT3) on the MAGIC site in La Palma (Canary Island, Spain). This novel type of semiconductor photon detector provides several superior features compared to conventional photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). The most promising one is a much higher Photon Detection Efficiency.

  2. A charge-sensitive amplifier associated with APD or PMT for 511 keV, photon-pair detection

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    For positron emission tomography scanners requiring 511 keV two-photon detection, we present a charge-sensitive amplifier (CSA) to be associated with an avalanche photodiode (APD) or photo-multiplier tube (PMT). It is a two-stage structure. The input stage consists of a folded-cascode fully differential circuit and a common-mode feedback (CMFB) circuit. Feedforward technique is implemented to enhance frequency performance. The output stage employs complementary source followers. The amplifier has been designed in a 0.35-μm BiCMOS process with analysis and optimization of noise and speed performances. Testing of fabricated prototypes has given results in good agreement with post-layout simulated ones. The evaluated characteristics of the circuit are: 26 ns peaking time for pulsed stimulus, 2000 electron equivalent input noise charge (ENC) for a detector capacitance up to 80 pF and 136 mW power consumption from a 3.5-V supply.

  3. Joint CARE-ELAN, CARE-HHH-APD, and EUROTEV-WP3 Workshop on Electron Cloud Clearing

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    Scandale, Walter; Schulte, D; Zimmermann, F; Electron Cloud Effects and Technological Consequences; ECL2

    2007-01-01

    This report contains the Proceedings of the joint CARE-HHH-APD, CARE-ELAN, and EUROTEV-WP3 Mini-Workshop on 'Electron Cloud Clearing - Electron Cloud and Technical Consequences', "ECL2", held at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, 1-2 March 2007). The ECL2 workshop explored novel technological remedies against electron-cloud formation in an accelerator beam pipe. A primary motivation for the workshop was the expected harmful electron-cloud effects in the upgraded LHC injectors and in future linear colliders, as well as recent beam observations in operating facilities like ANKA, CESR, KEKB, RHIC, and SPS. The solutions discussed at ECL2 included enamel-based clearing electrodes, slotted vacuum chambers, NEG coating, and grooves. Several of the proposed cures were assessed in terms of their clearing efficiency and the associated beam impedance. The workshop also reviewed new simulation tools like the 3D electron-ion build-up 'Faktor', modeling assumptions, analytical calculations, beam experiments, and laboratory meas...

  4. Design and test of the CMS pixel readout chip

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    Barbero, M.; Bertl, W.; Dietrich, G.; Dorokhov, A.; Erdmann, W.; Gabathuler, K.; Heising, St.; Hörmann, Ch.; Horisberger, R.; Kästli, H. Chr.; Kotlinski, D.; Meier, B.; Weber, R.

    2004-01-01

    The readout chip for the CMS pixel detector must handle an enormous flux of data, while keeping the data loss at a minimum. Full size prototype readout chips bump-bonded to sensors have been tested in a pion beam simulating an LHC-like environment, and the data loss as a function of particle fluence has been measured.

  5. The Omega Ring Imaging Cerenkov Detector readout system user's guide

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    The manual describes the electronic readout system of the Ring Imaging Cerenkov Detector at the CERN Omega Spectrometer. The system is described in its configuration of September 1984 after the Rich readout system had been used in two Omega experiments. (U.K.)

  6. The effect of inoperative readout layers on SDC calorimetry

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    The SDC calorimeter is to be constructed using Pb and Fe absorbers and scintillator active sampling using the tile/fiber technique. In this note, the effect of the inoperative readout of a single sampling layer is studied. The goal of this study is to inform on a cost/benefit analysis of the need to repair inoperative layers of the calorimetric readout

  7. Novel CMOS readout techniques for uncooled pyroelectric IR FPA

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    Sun, Tai-Ping; Chin, Yuan-Lung; Chung, Wen-Yaw; Hsiung, Shen-Kan; Chou, Jung-Chuan

    1998-09-01

    Based on the application of the source follower per detector (SFD) input biasing technique, a new redout structure for the IR focal-plane-array (FPA), called the variable gain source follower per detector (VGSFD) is proposed and analyzed. The readout circuit of VGSFD of a unit cell of pyroelectric sensor under investigation, is composed of a source follower per detector circuit, high gain amplifier, and the reset switch. The VGSFD readout chip has been designed in 0.5 micrometers double-poly-double-metal n-well CMOS technology in various formats from 8 by 8 to 128 by 128. The experimental 8 by 8 VGSFD measurement results of the fabricated readout chip at room temperature have successfully verified both the readout function and performance. The high gain, low power, high sensitivity readout performances are achieved in a 50 by 50 micrometers (superscript 2) pixel size.

  8. The ALICE silicon pixel detector readout electronics

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    Krivda, M; Burns, M; Caselle, M; Kluge, A; Manzari, V; Torcato de Matos, C; Morel, M; Riedler, P; Aglieri Rinella, G; Sandor, L; Stefanini, G

    2010-01-01

    The ALICE silicon pixel detector (SPD) constitutes the two innermost layers of the ALICE inner tracking system (ALICE Collaboration, 1999) [1]. The SPD is built with 120 detector modules (half-staves) and contains about 10 million pixels in total. The half-staves are connected to the off-detector electronics, housed in a control room 100 m away, via bidirectional optical links. The stream of data from the front-end electronics is processed in 20 VME readout modules, called routers, based on FPGAs. Three 2-channel link-receiver daughter cards, also based on FPGAs, are plugged in each router. Each link-receiver card receives data via the optical link from two half-staves, applies the zero suppression and passes them to the router to be processed and sent to the ALICE–DAQ system through the detector data link (DDL). The SPD control, configuration and data monitoring are performed using the VME interface embedded in the router.

  9. MAROC, a generic photomultiplier readout chip

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    Blin, S; Barrillon, P; La Taille, C de, E-mail: blin@lal.in2p3.f [CNRS/IN2p3/LAL-OMEGA, Universite Paris Sud, Bat.200, 91898 Orsay (France)

    2010-12-15

    The MAROC ASICs family is dedicated to the readout of 64-channel Multi Anode PMT and similar detectors. Its main roles are to correct the gain spread of MAPMT channels thanks to an individual variable gain preamplifier and to discriminate the input signals (from 50fC i.e 1/3 photo-electron) in order to produce 64 trigger outputs. A multiplexed analog charge output is also available with a dynamic range around 10 pe ( {approx} 1.6 pC) and a 12 bit Wilkinson ADC is embedded. Three versions of this chip have been submitted. MAROC 2 is the production version for the ATLAS luminometer and MAROC3 is a version with lower dissipation and significant improvements concerning the charge (30 pe: {approx} 5 pC) and trigger (discrimination from 10fC). This third version showed very good characteristics that are presented here.

  10. MAROC, a generic photomultiplier readout chip

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    Blin, S.; Barrillon, P.; de La Taille, C.

    2010-12-01

    The MAROC ASICs family is dedicated to the readout of 64-channel Multi Anode PMT and similar detectors. Its main roles are to correct the gain spread of MAPMT channels thanks to an individual variable gain preamplifier and to discriminate the input signals (from 50fC i.e 1/3 photo-electron) in order to produce 64 trigger outputs. A multiplexed analog charge output is also available with a dynamic range around 10 pe ( ~ 1.6 pC) and a 12 bit Wilkinson ADC is embedded. Three versions of this chip have been submitted. MAROC 2 is the production version for the ATLAS luminometer and MAROC3 is a version with lower dissipation and significant improvements concerning the charge (30 pe: ~ 5 pC) and trigger (discrimination from 10fC). This third version showed very good characteristics that are presented here.

  11. Integrated multi-crate FERA readout system

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    We discuss a moderate-size readout system based entirely on FERA compatible units. The implementation of a specially developed FERA Extender module is presented, whose main feature is the ability to distribute the system over many CAMAC crates. This provides a convenient way of splitting the FERA bus into several virtually independent sub-systems driven by individual gate signals. Tagging of the event fragments from each sub-system with an event number incremented on the arrival of each master gate, provides a convenient means of reconstructing the full event at a later stage. An example of the external supplementary FERA control logic required for a complex multi-crate and multi-gate system controlled by a single FERA Manager, is also discussed together with some remarks on the system performance

  12. Piezoresistive polymer composites for cantilever readout

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    Lillemose, Michael

    the piezoresistive readout. A two- and four-probe electrode chip, for measuring the strain sensitivity of the materials, have been designed and fabricated with standard cleanroom technology. A thin lm layer of polymer material is structured on the chips and by insertion in a four-point bending xture......, the deposited thin lm can be strained, while measuring how the resistance changes. This allows the determination of the strain sensitivity of the materials. Three qualitatively dierent material types have been investigated: conductive polymer composites, an intrinsically conductive polymer and thin...... gold lms. Conducting polymer composites consisting of SU-8 (an epoxy based photoresist) and dierent concentrations of carbon- and silver nanoparticles have been investigated. For the carbon nanoparticle doped SU-8 composites, a positive piezoresistive eect was measured, with the largest eect towards...

  13. A Readout ASIC for CZT Detectors

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    Jones, L

    2008-01-01

    Spectrometers that can identify the energy of gamma radiation and determine the source isotope have until recently used low temperature semiconductors. These require cooling which makes their portability difficult. The material Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) is now available which operates at room temperature and can be used to measure the energy of gamma radiation. In a compton camera configuration the direction of the radiation can also be determined. A read-out ASIC has been developed for such a system and features 100 channels of electronics, each with a charge amplifier, CR-RC shaper, and peak-hold. A 12 bit ADC converts the data which is sparsified before being read out. The energy, signal rise time, and timestamp of any hit channel is read out together with the data from all of its neighbours. The ASIC has a selectable lower dynamic range which could be used for lower energy interactions.

  14. The ALICE silicon pixel detector readout electronics

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    The ALICE silicon pixel detector (SPD) constitutes the two innermost layers of the ALICE inner tracking system (ALICE Collaboration, 1999) . The SPD is built with 120 detector modules (half-staves) and contains about 10 million pixels in total. The half-staves are connected to the off-detector electronics, housed in a control room 100 m away, via bidirectional optical links. The stream of data from the front-end electronics is processed in 20 VME readout modules, called routers, based on FPGAs. Three 2-channel link-receiver daughter cards, also based on FPGAs, are plugged in each router. Each link-receiver card receives data via the optical link from two half-staves, applies the zero suppression and passes them to the router to be processed and sent to the ALICE-DAQ system through the detector data link (DDL). The SPD control, configuration and data monitoring are performed using the VME interface embedded in the router.

  15. A High-Speed, Event-Driven, Active Pixel Sensor Readout for Photon-Counting Microchannel Plate Detectors

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    Kimble, Randy A.; Pain, Bedabrata; Norton, Timothy J.; Haas, J. Patrick; Oegerle, William R. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Silicon array readouts for microchannel plate intensifiers offer several attractive features. In this class of detector, the electron cloud output of the MCP intensifier is converted to visible light by a phosphor; that light is then fiber-optically coupled to the silicon array. In photon-counting mode, the resulting light splashes on the silicon array are recognized and centroided to fractional pixel accuracy by off-chip electronics. This process can result in very high (MCP-limited) spatial resolution while operating at a modest MCP gain (desirable for dynamic range and long term stability). The principal limitation of intensified CCD systems of this type is their severely limited local dynamic range, as accurate photon counting is achieved only if there are not overlapping event splashes within the frame time of the device. This problem can be ameliorated somewhat by processing events only in pre-selected windows of interest of by using an addressable charge injection device (CID) for the readout array. We are currently pursuing the development of an intriguing alternative readout concept based on using an event-driven CMOS Active Pixel Sensor. APS technology permits the incorporation of discriminator circuitry within each pixel. When coupled with suitable CMOS logic outside the array area, the discriminator circuitry can be used to trigger the readout of small sub-array windows only when and where an event splash has been detected, completely eliminating the local dynamic range problem, while achieving a high global count rate capability and maintaining high spatial resolution. We elaborate on this concept and present our progress toward implementing an event-driven APS readout.

  16. Development of the Pixelated Photon Detector Using Silicon on Insulator Technology for TOF-PET

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    Koyama, Akihiro; Takahashi, Hiroyuki; Orita, Tadashi; Arai, Yasuo; Kurachi, Ikuo; Miyoshi, Toshinobu; Nio, Daisuke; Hamasaki, Ryutaro

    2015-01-01

    To measure light emission pattern in scintillator, higher sensitivity and faster response are required to photo detector. Such as single photon avalanche diode (SPAD), conventional pixelated photo detector is operated at Geiger avalanche multiplication. However higher gain of SPAD seems very attractive, photon detection efficiency per unit area is low. This weak point is mainly caused by Geiger avalanche mechanism. To overcome these difficulties, we designed Pixelated Linear Avalanche Integration Detector using Silicon on Insulator technology (SOI-Plaid). To avoid dark count noise and dead time comes from quench circuit, we are planning to use APD in linear multiplication mode. SOI technology enables laminating readout circuit and APD layer, and high-speed and low-noise signal reading regardless smaller gain of linear APD. This study shows design of linear APD by using SOI fabrication process. We designed test element group (TEG) of linear APD and inspected optimal structure of linear APD.

  17. Development of the Photomultiplier-Tube Readout System for the CTA Large Size Telescope

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    Kubo, H; Awane, Y; Bamba, A; Barcelo, M; Barrio, J A; Blanch, O; Boix, J; Delgado, C; Fink, D; Gascon, D; Gunji, S; Hagiwara, R; Hanabata, Y; Hatanaka, K; Hayashida, M; Ikeno, M; Kabuki, S; Katagiri, H; Kataoka, J; Konno, Y; Koyama, S; Kishimoto, T; Kushida, J; Martinez, G; Masuda, S; Miranda, J M; Mirzoyan, R; Mizuno, T; Nagayoshi, T; Nakajima, D; Nakamori, T; Ohoka, H; Okumura, A; Orito, R; Saito, T; Sanuy, A; Sasaki, H; Sawada, M; Schweizer, T; Sugawara, R; Sulanke, K -H; Tajima, H; Tanaka, M; Tanaka, S; Tejedor, L A; Terada, Y; Teshima, M; Tokanai, F; Tsuchiya, Y; Uchida, T; Ueno, H; Umehara, K; Yamamoto, T

    2013-01-01

    We have developed a prototype of the photomultiplier tube (PMT) readout system for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) Large Size Telescope (LST). Two thousand PMTs along with their readout systems are arranged on the focal plane of each telescope, with one readout system per 7-PMT cluster. The Cherenkov light pulses generated by the air showers are detected by the PMTs and amplified in a compact, low noise and wide dynamic range gain block. The output of this block is then digitized at a sampling rate of the order of GHz using the Domino Ring Sampler DRS4, an analog memory ASIC developed at Paul Scherrer Institute. The sampler has 1,024 capacitors per channel and four channels are cascaded for increased depth. After a trigger is generated in the system, the charges stored in the capacitors are digitized by an external slow sampling ADC and then transmitted via Gigabit Ethernet. An onboard FPGA controls the DRS4, trigger threshold, and Ethernet transfer. In addition, the control and monitoring of the Cockcrof...

  18. Integrated readout electronics for the PbWO4 photon spectrometer

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    The PbWO4 calorimeter of the ALICE detector is designed to detect the prompt photons to provide direct information on the partonic, early phases of the heavy-ion interaction. The goal is to measure all the photons over a large enough solid angle to reconstruct both π0's and η's. A proposed readout system for the ALICE PbWO4 photon spectrometer is presented. In one proposed implementation, light will be detected from each end of the crystals by PIN photodiodes and this signal will be amplified by charge-sensitive amplifiers. The 73,728 channel readout system will accept the preamplifier signals and deliver digitized data to the data collection modules. A readout board will consist of 8-channel, custom front-end chips which form energy and timing signals, and board-level control and communication circuits. Many of the subcircuits proposed for this spectrometer have been developed for use in other applications. The performance of these circuits is shown

  19. FFTS readout for large arrays of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors

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    Yates, S J C; Baselmans, J J A; Klein, B; Güsten, R

    2009-01-01

    Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) have great potential for large very sensitive detector arrays for use in, for example, sub-mm imaging. Being intrinsically readout in the frequency domain, they are particularly suited for frequency domain multiplexing allowing $\\sim$1000s of devices to be readout with one pair of coaxial cables. However, this moves the complexity of the detector from the cryogenics to the warm electronics. We present here the concept and experimental demonstration of the use of Fast Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FFTS) readout, showing no deterioration of the noise performance compared to low noise analog mixing while allowing high multiplexing ratios.

  20. 100 Gbps PCI-Express Readout for the LHCb Upgrade

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    Durante, Paolo; Schwemmer, Rainer; Marconi, Umberto; Balbi, Gabriele; Lax, Ignazio

    2015-01-01

    We present a new data acquisition system under development for the next upgrade of the LHCb experiment at CERN. We focus in particular on the design of a new common readout board, the PCIe40, and on the viability of PCI-Express as an interconnect technology for high speed readout. We describe a new high-performance DMA controller for data acquisition, implemented on an FPGA, coupled with a custom software module for the Linux kernel. Lastly, we describe how these components can be leveraged to achieve a throughput of 100 Gbit/s per readout board.

  1. FASTBUS readout system for the CDF DAQ upgrade

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    The Data Acquisition System (DAQ) at the Collider Detector at Fermilab is currently being upgraded to handle a minimum of 100 events/sec for an aggregate bandwidth that is at least 25 Mbytes/sec. The DAQ System is based on a commercial switching network that has interfaces to VME bus. The modules that readout the front end crates (FASTBUS and RABBIT) have to deliver the data to the VME bus based host adapters of the switch. This paper describes a readout system that has the required bandwidth while keeping the experiment dead time due to the readout to a minimum

  2. Performance of a dual readout calorimeter with a BGO electromagnetic section

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    The dual readout technique has been tested on a hybrid calorimeter. The electromagnetic section of this instrument consists of 100 BGO crystals and the hadronic section is made out scintillating and Cherenkov fibers embedded in a copper matrix (DREAM). The electromagnetic fraction of hadronic showers is evaluated on an event-by-event basis from the relative amounts of Cherenkov and scintillation lights produced in the shower development. The performance of such a calorimeter in terms of energy resolution is presented. Effects of side leakage on detector performance are also studied.

  3. Development of a multichannel integrated circuit for Silicon Photo-Multiplier arrays readout

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    Comerma Montells, Albert

    2014-01-01

    [eng] The aim of this thesis is to present a solution for the readout of Silicon Photo-Multipliers (SiPMs) arrays improving currently implemented systems. Using as a starting point previous designs with similar objectives a novel current mode input stage has been designed and tested. To start with the design a valid model has been used to generate realistic output from the SiPMs depending on light input. Design has been performed in first place focusing in general applications for medical ...

  4. Test of High Time Resolution MRPC with Different Readout Modes

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    Yang, S; Li, C; Heng, Y K; Qian, S; Chen, H F; Chen, T X; Dai, H L; Fan, H H; Liu, S B; Liu, S D; Jiang, X S; Shao, M; Tang, Z B; Zhang, H; Zhao, Z G

    2014-01-01

    In order to further enhance the particle identification capability of the Beijing Spectrometer (BESIII), it is proposed to upgrade the current end-cap time-of-flight (eTOF) detector with multi-gap resistive plate chamber (MRPC). The prototypes, together with the front end electronics (FEE) and time digitizer (TDIG) module have been tested at the E3 line of Beijing Electron Positron Collider (BEPCII) to study the difference between the single and double-end readout MRPC designs. The time resolutions (sigma) of the single-end readout MRPC are 47/53 ps obtained by 600 MeV/c proton/pion beam, while that of the double-end readout MRPC is 40 ps (proton beam). The efficiencies of three MRPC modules tested by both proton and pion beam are better than 98%. For the double-end readout MRPC, no incident position dependence is observed.

  5. A concept for a hadron calorimeter with photodiode readout

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    A concept for a hadron calorimeter will be described. The calorimeter is a scintillator sandwich type with WLS-bars and photodiode readout. Emphasis is put on compactness, high stability, easy fabrication, and safety. (orig.)

  6. Charge-Focusing Readout of Time Projection Chambers

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    Ross, S J; Jaegle, I; Rosen, M D; Seong, I S; Thorpe, T N; Vahsen, S E; Yamaoka, J

    2013-01-01

    Time projection chambers (TPCs) have found a wide range of applications in particle physics, nuclear physics, and homeland security. For TPCs with high-resolution readout, the readout electronics often dominate the price of the final detector. We have developed a novel method which could be used to build large-scale detectors while limiting the necessary readout area. By focusing the drift charge with static electric fields, we would allow a small area of electronics to be sensitive to particle detection for a much larger detector volume. The resulting cost reduction could be important in areas of research which demand large-scale detectors, including dark matter searches and detection of special nuclear material. We present simulations made using the software package Garfield of a focusing structure to be used with a prototype TPC with pixel readout. This design should enable significant focusing while retaining directional sensitivity to incoming particles. We also present first experimental results and com...

  7. An intelligent readout controller for Fastbus, the Fermilab FSCC

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    This paper reports on the Fermilab FASTBUS Smart Crate Controller which is intended as a fast, versatile, and cost effective solution for the readout of FASTBUS crates. The on-board 68020 provides intelligence and a programmable microsequencer controls the main readout path. The FSCC supports communication via serial RS 232, Ethernet, and FASTBUS. The main readout path may be programmed for a variety of protocols. Currently, RS 422, VDAS, ECL line, and fiber-optic interfaces are being developed. Hardware interfacing is via the FASTBUS auxiliary connector using a personality card. Provision is made for some on-board formatting and processing of data. The 68020 may sample the data, also headers and word counts may be inserted into the data stream. Data is buffered by FIFOs to allow asynchronous readout

  8. Single-Readout High-Density Memristor Crossbar

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    Zidan, M. A.; Omran, H.; Naous, R.; Sultan, A.; Fahmy, H. A. H.; Lu, W. D.; Salama, K. N.

    2016-01-01

    High-density memristor-crossbar architecture is a very promising technology for future computing systems. The simplicity of the gateless-crossbar structure is both its principal advantage and the source of undesired sneak-paths of current. This parasitic current could consume an enormous amount of energy and ruin the readout process. We introduce new adaptive-threshold readout techniques that utilize the locality and hierarchy properties of the computer-memory system to address the sneak-paths problem. The proposed methods require a single memory access per pixel for an array readout. Besides, the memristive crossbar consumes an order of magnitude less power than state-of-the-art readout techniques.

  9. Single-Readout High-Density Memristor Crossbar

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    Zidan, M. A.

    2016-01-07

    High-density memristor-crossbar architecture is a very promising technology for future computing systems. The simplicity of the gateless-crossbar structure is both its principal advantage and the source of undesired sneak-paths of current. This parasitic current could consume an enormous amount of energy and ruin the readout process. We introduce new adaptive-threshold readout techniques that utilize the locality and hierarchy properties of the computer-memory system to address the sneak-paths problem. The proposed methods require a single memory access per pixel for an array readout. Besides, the memristive crossbar consumes an order of magnitude less power than state-of-the-art readout techniques.

  10. A CMOS readout circuit for microstrip detectors

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    In this work, we present the design and the results of a CMOS analog channel for silicon microstrips detectors. The readout circuit was initially conceived for the outer layers of the SuperB silicon vertex tracker (SVT), but can serve more generally other microstrip-based detection systems. The strip detectors considered show a very high stray capacitance and high series resistance. Therefore, the noise optimization was the first priority design concern. A necessary compromise on the best peaking time to achieve an acceptable noise level together with efficiency and timing accuracy has been investigated. The ASIC is composed by a preamplifier, shaping amplifier and a Time over Threshold (T.o.T) block for the digitalization of the signals. The chosen shaping function is the third-order semi-Gaussian function implemented with complex poles. An inverter stage is employed in the analog channel in order to operate with signals delivered from both p and n strips. The circuit includes the possibility to select the peaking time of the shaper output from four values: 250 ns, 375 ns, 500 ns and 750 ns. In this way, the noise performances and the signal occupancy can be optimized according to the real background during the experiment. The ASIC prototype has been fabricated in the 130 nm IBM technology which is considered intrinsically radiation hard. The results of the experimental characterization of a produced prototype are satisfactorily matched with simulation

  11. The NA48 LKr calorimeter readout electronics

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    Gianoli, A; Barr, C; Brodier-Yourstone, P; Buchholz, P; Ceccucci, Augusto; Cerri, C; Chlopik, A; Constantini, F; Fantechi, R; Formenti, F; Funk, W; Giudici, Sergio; Gorini, B; Guzik, J A; Hallgren, Björn I; Kozhevnikov, Yu; Iwansky, W; de La Taille, C; Lacourt, A; Laverrière, G C; Ljuslin, C; Mannelli, I; Martin-Chassard, G; Martini, M; Papi, A; Seguin-Moreau, N; Sozzi, M; Tarlé, J C; Velasco, M; Vossnack, O; Wahl, H; Ziolkowski, M

    2000-01-01

    The NA48 experiment at the CERN SPS accelerator is making a measurement of the direct CP violation parameter epsilon '/ epsilon by comparing the four rates of decay of K/sub S/ and K/sub L/ into 2 pi /sup 0/ and pi /sup +/ pi /sup -/. To reconstruct the decays into 2 pi /sup 0/ the information from the almost 13500 channels of a quasi-homogeneous liquid krypton electromagnetic calorimeter is used. The readout electronics of the calorimeter has been designed to provide a dynamic range from a few MeV to about 50 GeV energy deposition per cell, and to sustain a high rate of incident particles. The system is made by cold charge preamplifiers (working at 120 degrees K), low-noise fast shapers followed by digitizer electronics at 40 MHz sampling rate that employs a gain switching technique to expand the dynamic range, where the gain can be selected for each sample individually (i.e. every 25 ns). To reduce the amount of data collected the system contains a zero suppression circuit based on halo expansion. (12 refs)...

  12. Bier and Pastis, a pixel readout prototype chip for LHC

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    Berg, C; Bonzom, V; Delpierre, P A; Desch, Klaus; Fischer, P; Keil, M; Meuser, S; Raith, B A; Wermes, N

    2000-01-01

    The 12*63 pixel readout prototype chip Bieu&Pastis, designed to cope with the environment imposed on a pixel detector by high-energy proton-proton collisions as expected at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is described. The chip contains the full pixel cell functionality, but not yet the full peripheral architecture for data transfer and readout with LHC speed. Design considerations and lab tests to characterize the performance as well as some test beam results are described. (7 refs).

  13. Bier&Pastis, a pixel readout prototype chip for LHC

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    Berg, C.; Blanquart, L.; Bonzom, V.; Delpierre, P.; Desch, K.; Fischer, P.; Keil, M.; Meuser, S.; Raith, B.; Wermes, N.

    2000-01-01

    The 12×63 pixel readout prototype chip Bier&Pastis, designed to cope with the environment imposed on a pixel detector by high-energy proton-proton collisions as expected at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), is described. The chip contains the full pixel cell functionality, but not yet the full peripheral architecture for data transfer and readout with LHC speed. Design considerations and lab tests to characterize the performance as well as some test beam results are described.

  14. Strip detectors read-out system user's guide

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    The Strip Detector Read-out System consists of two VME modules: SDR-Flash and SDR-seq completed by a fast logic SDR-Trig stand alone card. The system is a self-consistent, cost effective and easy use solution for the read-out of analog multiplexed signals coming from some of the front-end electronics chips (Viking/VA chips family, Premus 128 etc...) currently used together with solid (silicon) or gas microstrip detectors. (author)

  15. Readout chip for the CMS pixel detector upgrade

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    For the CMS experiment a new pixel detector is planned for installation during the extended shutdown in winter 2016/2017. Among the changes of the detector modified front end electronics will be used for higher efficiency at peak luminosity of the LHC and faster readout. The first prototype versions of the new readout chip have been designed and produced. The results of qualification and calibration for the new chip are presented in this paper

  16. Single-Readout High-Density Memristor Crossbar

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    Zidan, M. A.; Omran, H.; R. Naous; Sultan, A.; Fahmy, H. A. H.; W. D. Lu; Salama, K. N.

    2016-01-01

    High-density memristor-crossbar architecture is a very promising technology for future computing systems. The simplicity of the gateless-crossbar structure is both its principal advantage and the source of undesired sneak-paths of current. This parasitic current could consume an enormous amount of energy and ruin the readout process. We introduce new adaptive-threshold readout techniques that utilize the locality and hierarchy properties of the computer-memory system to address the sneak-path...

  17. Readout chip for the CMS pixel detector upgrade

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    Rossini, Marco

    2014-11-01

    For the CMS experiment a new pixel detector is planned for installation during the extended shutdown in winter 2016/2017. Among the changes of the detector modified front end electronics will be used for higher efficiency at peak luminosity of the LHC and faster readout. The first prototype versions of the new readout chip have been designed and produced. The results of qualification and calibration for the new chip are presented in this paper.

  18. A systematic testing procedure for MWPC readout electronic

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    The paper discusses a systematic procedure to test and evaluate readout electronic for MWPC (Multi-Wire Proportional Counter) which is used widely in neutron scattering instrumentation. The main goal of this procedure is to test the functionality and suitability of the readout electronic and related it to the characteristic of the MWPC. Test carried out during this experiment are DC Offset, Dynamic range and Gain spread, Noise and ToT (Time over threshold) measurements. (Author)

  19. TPC Readout Electronics with Time-to-Digital Converters

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    Kaukher, Alexander

    2009-01-01

    Development of readout electronics for Time Projection Chamber for a Linear Collider is ongoing under stringent requirements on high channel density, lowest possible power consumption and small material budget. In the studied TPC readout electronics time and charge of TPC signals are measured with the help of Time-to-Digit Converters. Optimization of performance of this electronics is considered and a methodology of signal simulation is presented.

  20. A position- and time-sensitive photon-counting detector with delay-line read-out

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    Jagutzki, O; Lauck, R; Czasch, A; Milnes, J

    2007-01-01

    We have developed image intensifier tubes with delay-anode read-out for time- and position-sensitive photon counting. The timing precision is better than 1 ns with 1000x1000 pixels position resolution and up to one megacounts/s processing rate. Large format detectors of 40 and 75 mm active diameter with internal helical-wire delay-line anodes have been produced and specified. A different type of 40 and 25 mm tubes with semi-conducting screen for image charge read-out allow for an economic and robust tube design and for placing the read-out anodes outside the sealed housing. Two types of external delay-line anodes, i.e. pick-up electrodes for the image charge, have been tested. We present tests of the detector and anode performance. Due to the low background this technique is well suited for applications with very low light intensity and especially if a precise time tagging for each photon is required. As an example we present the application of scintillator read-out in time-of-flight (TOF) neutron radiography...

  1. TSS identification and cDNA cloning of a cuticular protein gene apd-like from the Western honeybee (Apis mellifera)%西方蜜蜂表皮蛋白基因apd-like转录起始位点的定位及cDNA序列的分析

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    孙亮先; 黄周英; 郑华军; 游燕琳

    2011-01-01

    The apidernin(APD)family,named after three cuticular proteins(apidermin 1-3,APD 1-3)in the Western honeybee,Apis mellifera,is a novel insect structural cuticular protein family.A hypothetical gene locus(LOC727145)was found to be located at the upstream of the reported apd gene cluster in the honeybee genomic sequence.In order to characterize this gene,we mapped its transcription start sites(TSSs)by a group of 5' LongSAGE tag sequences,and subsequently cloned its cDNA sequences through RT-PCR by using three different 5' LongSAGE tag sequences as the up-stream primers.The cloned cDNA sequences were submitted to GenBank under the accession numbers GU358197,GU358198 and GU358199.Bioinformatics analysis revealed that the genomic DNA sequence LOC727145 contains two exons and one intron,where the boundary conforms to the GU/AG rule.The cDNA sequenee is extremely GC-rich(70%),and the deduced protein is highly hydrophobic.Five amino acids(Ala,Gly,Pro,Leu and Val)account for 77% of the deduced polypeptide sequence,and Ala is the most abundant residue (29%).These characters are comparative to APD 1-3.Moreover,the deduced polypeptide sequence has 50% identity with APD-1 protein,and both possess a similar predicted hydrophobic signal peptide at the N.terminal.These results suggest that LOC727145 encodes a novel APD protein.The mapping result of 5' LongSAGE tag sequences on genome sequence showed tht LOC727145 was highly expressed in drone head,and RNA Pol Ⅱ initiated transcription of this gene at six alternative TSSs with different efficiency,and 90% of the mRNA molecules came from a dominant TSS. This research identified a novel apidermin protein, named apidermin-like (apd-like).%Apidermin蛋白家族是根据蜜蜂表皮蛋白apidermin 1-3(APD 1-3)而命名的一个新型的昆虫结构性表皮蛋白家族.为了鉴定西方蜜蜂Apis mellifera 基因组序列上毗邻基因簇apd 1-3的一个预测基因座LOC727145是否为

  2. Common Readout Unit (CRU) - A new readout architecture for the ALICE experiment

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    The ALICE experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is presently going for a major upgrade in order to fully exploit the scientific potential of the upcoming high luminosity run, scheduled to start in the year 2021. The high interaction rate and the large event size will result in an experimental data flow of about 1 TB/s from the detectors, which need to be processed before sending to the online computing system and data storage. This processing is done in a dedicated Common Readout Unit (CRU), proposed for data aggregation, trigger and timing distribution and control moderation. It act as common interface between sub-detector electronic systems, computing system and trigger processors. The interface links include GBT, TTC-PON and PCIe. GBT (Gigabit transceiver) is used for detector data payload transmission and fixed latency path for trigger distribution between CRU and detector readout electronics. TTC-PON (Timing, Trigger and Control via Passive Optical Network) is employed for time multiplex trigger distribution between CRU and Central Trigger Processor (CTP). PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) is the high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard for bulk data transport between CRU boards and processors. In this article, we give an overview of CRU architecture in ALICE, discuss the different interfaces, along with the firmware design and implementation of CRU on the LHCb PCIe40 board

  3. Common Readout Unit (CRU) - A new readout architecture for the ALICE experiment

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    Mitra, J.; Khan, S. A.; Mukherjee, S.; Paul, R.

    2016-03-01

    The ALICE experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is presently going for a major upgrade in order to fully exploit the scientific potential of the upcoming high luminosity run, scheduled to start in the year 2021. The high interaction rate and the large event size will result in an experimental data flow of about 1 TB/s from the detectors, which need to be processed before sending to the online computing system and data storage. This processing is done in a dedicated Common Readout Unit (CRU), proposed for data aggregation, trigger and timing distribution and control moderation. It act as common interface between sub-detector electronic systems, computing system and trigger processors. The interface links include GBT, TTC-PON and PCIe. GBT (Gigabit transceiver) is used for detector data payload transmission and fixed latency path for trigger distribution between CRU and detector readout electronics. TTC-PON (Timing, Trigger and Control via Passive Optical Network) is employed for time multiplex trigger distribution between CRU and Central Trigger Processor (CTP). PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) is the high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard for bulk data transport between CRU boards and processors. In this article, we give an overview of CRU architecture in ALICE, discuss the different interfaces, along with the firmware design and implementation of CRU on the LHCb PCIe40 board.

  4. The readout electronic of EUSO-Balloon experiment

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    Ahmad, S.; Barrillon, P.; Blaksley, C.; Blin-Bondil, S.; Ebersoldt, A.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; de la Taille, C.; Dulucq, F.; Gorodetzky, P.; Miyamoto, H.; Moretto, C.; Prévôt, G.; Reina, J. A. R.

    2014-03-01

    The EUSO-Balloon experiment is a pathfinder for the satellite mission JEM-EUSO whose goal will be to observe Extensive Air Showers produced in the atmosphere by the passage can detect fluorescent UV photons released by the EAS thanks to Multi-anode photomultipliers (MAPMT) arranged in 6 × 6 matrices inside Photo Detector Modules (PDM). A set of lenses is used to focus the photons on the PDM which can be compared to a UV camera taking pictures every 2.5 μs period (GTU: Gate Time Unit). The experiment consists in launching a balloon, at an altitude of 40 km, equipped with complete PDM and Data Processing systems. This project, supported by CNES and constructed by the JEM-EUSO collaboration, is meant to prove that the technology of such an instrument is possible and that the performance is satisfying, raising the Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of JEM-EUSO. Moreover, complex trigger algorithms will be assessed and the main back ground (night glow plus star light) will be studied. A complex readout electronic chain has been designed for the EUSO-Balloon project. It contains two elements: the 9 EC units and the 6 EC-ASIC boards. The EC unit includes four 64-channel Multi-Anode Photomultipliers and a set of pcbs used to supply the 14 different high voltages needed by the MAPMTs and to read out the analog anode signals. These signals are transmitted to the EC-ASIC boards which contain 6 SPACIROC ASICs each. During the year 2012, prototypes of each board were produced and tested successfully, leading to the production of the flight model PCBs in 2013.

  5. The development of a high-resolution scintillating fiber tracker with silicon photomultiplier readout

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    We present test results from a novel modular scintillating fiber tracker using silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) arrays for readout. The tracker modules are made up from 250μm thin scintillating fibers that are arranged in five tightly packed layers on top and on bottom of a light carbon fiber/Rohacell foam support structure. Novel, custom made SiPM arrays from Hamamatsu with a channel pitch of 250μm and a photon detection efficiency of approximately 50% are used for readout. From a full GEANT4 simulation the expected position resolution is 0.05 mm at a tracking efficiency of 99%. Several 860 mm long and 32-64 mm wide tracker modules were tested at the PS facilities at CERN in summer 2008 and autumn 2009 achieving high light yields of about 20 photons for a minimal ionizing particle. We will show details on the characterization of the SiPM arrays and the quality control of scintillating fibers, the construction of the fiber modules and the results in terms of tracking efficiency, noise and position resolution.

  6. Design of 3 D laser imaging receiver based on 8 ×8 APD detector array%8×8 APD 阵列激光三维成像接收机研制

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    王飞; 汤伟; 王挺峰; 郭劲

    2015-01-01

    In order to realize scannerless three dimensional(3D) laser imaging and analyze system parameters impact on ranging precision, a 3D imaging receiver with 8 ×8 elements is implemented.The receiver utilizes linear mode APD array.Analog signal amplification and threshold processing is applied to convert the optical signal to digital pulse.Then a 64 channel time to digital convertor array is implemented in FPGA, and 3D la-ser imaging receiver is invented which can acquire 3D information of target in real-time.First the principle of 3D imaging and construction of the receiver is introduced, including procedure and implementation of the array signal processing.Then electrical test and 3D imaging experiment are carried out for FPGA timing unit and re-ceiver respectively, which indicate a timing resolution of 140 ps and range resolution of 0.2 m.At last, range resolution error is analyzed and we come to the conclusion that laser pulse energy fluctuation is the main error source.%为了实现对目标的无扫描阵列激光三维成像并研究系统参数对三维成像距离分辨率的影响,研制了8×8 pixel激光三维成像接收机。接收机采用线性模式APD阵列,设计了模拟信号放大、阈值处理将回波光信号转换为数字信号后,利用FPGA设计实现64通道高精度阵列计时系统,实现了对目标的无扫描实时三维成像功能。首先对设计完成的三维成像接收机组成及成像原理进行了介绍,对三维成像接收机中APD探测器阵列信号的模拟处理和数字处理流程和实现方式进行了说明。随后分别对三维成像的核心FPGA计时系统及探测器整体进行了电子学测试和实验测试。测试结果表明,FPGA计时子系统的时间分辨率优于140 ps,三维成像系统整体距离分辨率在0.2 m左右。最后对分辨率的误差进行了分析,结果表明,激光回波强度波动是影响此接收机距离分辨率的最主要因素。

  7. Double side read-out technique for mitigation of radiation damage effects in PbWO4 crystals

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    Lucchini, M. T.; Auffray, E.; Benaglia, A.; Cavallari, F.; Cockerill, D.; Dolgopolov, A.; Faure, J. L.; Golubev, N.; Hobson, P. R.; Jain, S.; Korjik, M.; Mechinski, V.; Singovski, A.; Tabarelli de Fatis, T.; Tarasov, I.; Zahid, S.

    2016-04-01

    Test beam results of a calorimetric module based on 3×3×22 cm3 PbWO4 crystals, identical to those used in the CMS ECAL Endcaps, read out by a pair of photodetectors coupled to the two opposite sides (front and rear) of each crystal are presented. Nine crystals with different level of induced absorption, from 0 to 20 m‑1, have been tested using electrons in the 50–200 GeV energy range. Photomultiplier tubes have been chosen as photodetectors to allow for a precise measurement of highly damaged crystals. The information provided by this double side read-out configuration allows to correct for event-by-event fluctuations of the longitudinal development of electromagnetic showers. By strongly mitigating the effect of non-uniform light collection efficiency induced by radiation damage, the double side read-out technique significantly improves the energy resolution with respect to a single side read-out configuration. The non-linearity of the response arising in damaged crystals is also corrected by a double side read-out configuration and the response linearity of irradiated crystals is restored. In high radiation environments at future colliders, as it will be the case for detectors operating during the High Luminosity phase of the Large Hadron Collider, defects can be created inside the scintillator volume leading to a non-uniform response of the calorimetric cell. The double side read-out technique presented in this study provides a valuable way to improve the performance of calorimeters based on scintillators whose active volumes are characterized by high aspect ratio cells similar to those used in this study.

  8. Investigation of avalanche photodiodes radiation hardness for baryonic matter studies

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    Modern avalanche photodiodes (APDs) with high gain are good device candidates for light readout from detectors applied in relativistic heavy-ion collision experiments. The results of the investigations of the APDs properties from Zecotek, Ketek, and Hamamatsu manufacturers after irradiation using secondary neutrons from U120M cyclotron facility at NPI of ASCR in Rez are presented. The results of the investigations can be used for the design of the detectors for the experiments at NICA and FAIR

  9. Pulsed X-rays for interventional radiology: tests on active personal dosemeters (APD) (European project FP7 ORAMED WP3); Rayons X pulses pour la radiologie interventionnelle: tests sur dosimetres personnel actifs

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    Denoziere, M.; Bordy, J.M.; Daures, J.; Lecerf, N

    2009-07-01

    this report presents the results of the tests performed on Active Personal dosemeters (A.P.D.) to check their responses in pulsed X-ray beam used in interventional X-ray radiology. this work is one of the goal of O.R.A.M.E.D W.P.3. (Optimization of radiation protection for medical staff)The response of seven A.P.D.s types was measured in terms of dose equivalent Hp (10) for different pulsed X-ray width and dose rate. (author)

  10. Readout for a large area neutron sensitive microchannel plate detector

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    A neutron sensitive microchannel plate (MCP) detector was developed for neutron imaging on the beamline of a compact pulsed hadron source (CPHS). The detector was set up with a Wedge-and-Strip Anode (WSA) and a delay line anode readout to compare the spatial resolution and throughput with these two anodes. Tests show that the WSA readout is suitable for small area imaging with a spatial resolution of 200 μm with low energy X-rays in a 50 mm diameter MCP–WSA assembly. However, the spatial resolution deteriorated to ~2 mm in a 106 mm diameter MCP–WSA assembly because the noise caused by the parasitic capacitance is 10 times larger in the larger assembly than in the 50 mm diameter assembly. A 120 mm by 120 mm delay line anode was then used for the 106 mm MCP readout. The spatial resolution was evaluated for various voltages applied to the MCP V-stack, various readout voltages and various distances between the MCP V-stack rear face and the delay line. The delay line readout had resolutions of 65.6 μm in the x direction and 63.7 μm in the y direction and the throughput was greater than 600 kcps. The MCP was then used to acquire a neutron image of an USAF1951 Gd-mask

  11. Readout for a large area neutron sensitive microchannel plate detector

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    Wang, Yiming [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China); Key Laboratory of Particle & Radiation Imaging, Tsinghua University, Ministry of Education, Beijing (China); Yang, Yigang, E-mail: yangyigang@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China); Key Laboratory of Particle & Radiation Imaging, Tsinghua University, Ministry of Education, Beijing (China); Wang, Xuewu; Li, Yuanjing [Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China); Key Laboratory of Particle & Radiation Imaging, Tsinghua University, Ministry of Education, Beijing (China)

    2015-06-01

    A neutron sensitive microchannel plate (MCP) detector was developed for neutron imaging on the beamline of a compact pulsed hadron source (CPHS). The detector was set up with a Wedge-and-Strip Anode (WSA) and a delay line anode readout to compare the spatial resolution and throughput with these two anodes. Tests show that the WSA readout is suitable for small area imaging with a spatial resolution of 200 μm with low energy X-rays in a 50 mm diameter MCP–WSA assembly. However, the spatial resolution deteriorated to ~2 mm in a 106 mm diameter MCP–WSA assembly because the noise caused by the parasitic capacitance is 10 times larger in the larger assembly than in the 50 mm diameter assembly. A 120 mm by 120 mm delay line anode was then used for the 106 mm MCP readout. The spatial resolution was evaluated for various voltages applied to the MCP V-stack, various readout voltages and various distances between the MCP V-stack rear face and the delay line. The delay line readout had resolutions of 65.6 μm in the x direction and 63.7 μm in the y direction and the throughput was greater than 600 kcps. The MCP was then used to acquire a neutron image of an USAF1951 Gd-mask.

  12. Readout for a large area neutron sensitive microchannel plate detector

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    Wang, Yiming; Yang, Yigang; Wang, Xuewu; Li, Yuanjing

    2015-06-01

    A neutron sensitive microchannel plate (MCP) detector was developed for neutron imaging on the beamline of a compact pulsed hadron source (CPHS). The detector was set up with a Wedge-and-Strip Anode (WSA) and a delay line anode readout to compare the spatial resolution and throughput with these two anodes. Tests show that the WSA readout is suitable for small area imaging with a spatial resolution of 200 μm with low energy X-rays in a 50 mm diameter MCP-WSA assembly. However, the spatial resolution deteriorated to ~2 mm in a 106 mm diameter MCP-WSA assembly because the noise caused by the parasitic capacitance is 10 times larger in the larger assembly than in the 50 mm diameter assembly. A 120 mm by 120 mm delay line anode was then used for the 106 mm MCP readout. The spatial resolution was evaluated for various voltages applied to the MCP V-stack, various readout voltages and various distances between the MCP V-stack rear face and the delay line. The delay line readout had resolutions of 65.6 μm in the x direction and 63.7 μm in the y direction and the throughput was greater than 600 kcps. The MCP was then used to acquire a neutron image of an USAF1951 Gd-mask.

  13. Yarr: A PCIe based readout system for semiconductor tracking systems

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    The Yarr readout system is a novel DAQ concept, using an FPGA board connected via PCIe to a computer, to read out semiconductor tracking systems. The system uses the FPGA as a reconfigurable IO interface which, in conjunction with the very high speed of the PCIe bus, enables a focus of processing the data stream coming from the pixel detector in software. Modern computer system could potentially make the need of custom signal processing hardware in readout systems obsolete and the Yarr readout system showcases this for FE-I4 chips, which are state-of-the-art readout chips used in the ATLAS Pixel Insertable B-Layer and developed for tracking in high multiplicity environments. The underlying concept of the Yarr readout system tries to move intelligence from hardware into the software without the loss of performance, which is made possible by modern multi-core processors. The FPGA board firmware acts like a buffer and does no further processing of the data stream, enabling rapid integration of new hardware due to minimal firmware minimisation.

  14. FASTBUS Readout Controller card for high speed data acquisition

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    This article describes a FASTBUS Readout Controller (FRC) for high speed data acquisition in FASTBUS based systems. The controller has two main interfaces: to FASTBUS and to a Readout Port. The FASTBUS interface performs FASTBUS master and slave operations at a maximum transfer rate exceeding 40 MBytes/s. The Readout Port can be adapted for a variety of protocols. Currently, it will be interfaced to a VME bus based processor with a VSB port. The on-board LR33000 embedded processor controls the readout, executing a list of operations download into its memory. It scans the FASTBUS modules and stores the data in a triple port DRAM (TPDRAM), through one of the Serial Access Memory (SAM) ports of the (TPDRAM). Later, it transfers this data to the readout port using the other SAM. The FRC also supports serial communication via RS232 and Ethernet interfaces. This device is intended for use in the data acquisition system at the Collider Detector at Fermilab. 5 refs., 3 figs

  15. A Scintillating Fiber Dosimeter for Radiology and Brachytherapy with photodiode readout

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    Rêgo, Florbela; Abreu, Maria da Conceição

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: For more than a decade that plastic optical fiber based dosimeters have been developed for medical applications. The feasibility of dosimeters using optical fibers that are almost Cherenkov light free has been demonstrated in some prototypes, particularly suitable for photon high-energy beams. In the energy range up to a few hundred keV, where the production of Cherenkov light by secondary electrons is negligible or small, the largest source of background are the fluorescence mechanisms. Methods: In recent years our group has developed an optical fiber dosimeter with photodiode readout named DosFib, which has small energy dependence in the range below 100 keV relevant for radiology. Photodiodes are robust photodetectors, presenting good stability over time and enough sensitivity to allow the use of an electrometer as a measuring device without extra electronics. Results: In-vitro tests using a High Dose Rate 192Ir source have demonstrated its suitability for brachytherapy applications using this impo...

  16. High sensitivity phonon-mediated kinetic inductance detector with combined amplitude and phase read-out

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    Bellini, F; Casali, N; Castellano, M G; Colantoni, I; Cosmelli, C; Cruciani, A; D'Addabbo, A; Di Domizio, S; Martinez, M; Tomei, C; Vignati, M

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    The development of wide-area cryogenic light detectors with good energy resolution is one of the priorities of next generation bolometric experiments searching for rare interactions, as the simultaneous read-out of the light and heat signals enables background suppression through particle identification. Among the proposed technological approaches for the phonon sensor, the naturally-multiplexed Kinetic Inductance Detectors (KIDs) stand out for their excellent intrinsic energy resolution and reproducibility. To satisfy the large surface requirement (several cm$^2$) KIDs are deposited on an insulating substrate that converts the impinging photons into phonons.A fraction of phonons is absorbed by the KID, producing a signal proportional to the energy of the original photons. The potential of this technique was proved by the CALDER project, that reached a baseline resolution of 154$\\pm$7 eV RMS by sampling a 2$\\times$2 cm$^2$ Silicon substrate with 4 Aluminum KIDs. In this paper we present a prototype of Aluminu...

  17. Adaption of frequency-domain readout for Transition Edge Sensor bolometers for the POLARBEAR-2 Cosmic Microwave Background experiment

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    Hattori, Kaori; Barron, Darcy; Dobbs, Matt; de Haan, Tijmen; Harrington, Nicholas; Hasegawa, Masaya; Hazumi, Masashi; Holzapfel, William L; Keating, Brian; Lee, Adrian T; Morii, Hideki; Myers, Michael J; Smecher, Graeme; Suzuki, Aritoki; Tomaru, Takayuki

    2013-01-01

    The POLARBEAR-2 CosmicMicrowave Background (CMB) experiment aims to observe B-mode polarization with high sensitivity to explore gravitational lensing of CMB and inflationary gravitational waves. POLARBEAR-2 is an upgraded experiment based on POLARBEAR-1, which had first light in January 2012. For POLARBEAR-2, we will build a receiver that has 7,588 Transition Edge Sensor (TES) bolometers coupled to two-band (95 and 150 GHz) polarization-sensitive antennas. For the large array's readout, we employ digital frequency-domain multiplexing and multiplex 32 bolometers through a single superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). An 8-bolometer frequency-domain multiplexing readout has been deployed on POLARBEAR-1 experiment. Extending that architecture to 32 bolometers requires an increase in the bandwidth of the SQUID electronics to 3 MHz. To achieve this increase in bandwidth, we use Digital Active Nulling (DAN) on the digital frequency multiplexing platform. In this paper, we present requirements and imp...

  18. A readout for large arrays of microwave kinetic inductance detectors.

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    McHugh, Sean; Mazin, Benjamin A; Serfass, Bruno; Meeker, Seth; O'Brien, Kieran; Duan, Ran; Raffanti, Rick; Werthimer, Dan

    2012-04-01

    Microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDs) are superconducting detectors capable of counting single photons and measuring their energy in the UV, optical, and near-IR. MKIDs feature intrinsic frequency domain multiplexing (FDM) at microwave frequencies, allowing the construction and readout of large arrays. Due to the microwave FDM, MKIDs do not require the complex cryogenic multiplexing electronics used for similar detectors, such as transition edge sensors, but instead transfer this complexity to room temperature electronics where they present a formidable signal processing challenge. In this paper, we describe the first successful effort to build a readout for a photon counting optical/near-IR astronomical instrument, the ARray Camera for Optical to Near-infrared Spectrophotometry. This readout is based on open source hardware developed by the Collaboration for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research. Designed principally for radio telescope backends, it is flexible enough to be used for a variety of signal processing applications. PMID:22559560

  19. A Triggerless readout system for the bar PANDA electromagnetic calorimeter

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    Tiemens, M.; PANDA Collaboration

    2015-02-01

    One of the physics goals of the future bar PANDA experiment at FAIR is to research newly discovered exotic states. Because the detector response created by these particles is very similar to the background channels, a new type of data readout had to be developed, called "triggerless" readout. In this concept, each detector subsystem preprocesses the signal, so that in a later stage, high-level phyiscs constraints can be applied to select events of interest. A dedicated clock source using a protocol called SODANET over optical fibers ensures proper synchronisation between the components. For this new type of readout, a new way of simulating the detector response also needed to be developed, taking into account the effects of pile-up caused by the 20 MHz interaction rate.

  20. Optimal CCD readout by digital correlated double sampling

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    Alessandri, Cristobal; Guzman, Dani; Passalacqua, Ignacio; Alvarez-Fontecilla, Enrique; Guarini, Marcelo

    2015-01-01

    Digital correlated double sampling (DCDS), a readout technique for charge-coupled devices (CCD), is gaining popularity in astronomical applications. By using an oversampling ADC and a digital filter, a DCDS system can achieve a better performance than traditional analogue readout techniques at the expense of a more complex system analysis. Several attempts to analyse and optimize a DCDS system have been reported, but most of the work presented in the literature has been experimental. Some approximate analytical tools have been presented for independent parameters of the system, but the overall performance and trade-offs have not been yet modelled. Furthermore, there is disagreement among experimental results that cannot be explained by the analytical tools available. In this work, a theoretical analysis of a generic DCDS readout system is presented, including key aspects such as the signal conditioning stage, the ADC resolution, the sampling frequency and the digital filter implementation. By using a time-dom...

  1. An MWPC readout chip for high rate environment

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    Kano, H; Ikeno, M; Sasaki, O; Sato, K; Matsuura, S

    2000-01-01

    An ASIC has been fabricated in order to readout data from an MWPC that is installed in high rate environment. 16 channels and an ancillary control circuit are packed in a chip, and a channel consists of LVDS Receiver and 100-stage shift register array for delay. A hit data from the chamber is once input in the shift register array, and is just output from it when the trigger signal is set. If a channel contains a signal during a gate followed by the trigger, the channel is regarded to contain a hit. The primary purpose to construct the chip is for test beam and cosmic ray test of ATLAS thin gap chambers (TGC), which are used for the muon trigger signal generation. The architecture of the ASIC is so simple and uidependent from the specific readout scheme of ATLAS TGC. It will be found that the ASIC is adopted easily for any readout scheme of MWPC like detector. 3 Refs.

  2. The NA62 Liquid Krypton calorimeter readout architecture

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    The NA62 experiment [1] at the CERN SPS (Super Proton Synchrotron) accelerator studies the ultra-rare decays of charged kaons. The high-resolution Liquid Krypton (LKr) electromagnetic calorimeter of the former NA48 experiment [2] is a key component of the experiment photon-veto system. The new LKr readout system comprises 14,000 14-bit ADC acquisition channels, 432×1 Gbit Ethernet data request and readout links routed by 28×10 Gbit network switches to the experiment computer farm, and timing, trigger and control (TTC) distribution system. This paper presents the architecture of the LKr readout and TTC systems, the overall performance and the first successfully collected experiment physics data

  3. The New Readout System of the NA62 LKr Calorimeter

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    Ceccucci, A; Farthouat, P; Lamanna, G; Rouet, J; Ryjov, V; Venditti, S

    2015-01-01

    The NA62 experiment [1] at CERN SPS (Super Proton Synchrotron) accelerator aims at studying Kaon decays with high precision. The high resolution Liquid Krypton (LKr) calorimeter, built for the NA48 [2] experiment, is a crucial part of the photon-veto system; to cope with the demanding NA62 re- quirements,itsback-endelectron icshadtobecompletelyrenewed. The new readout system is based on the Calorimeter REAdout Module (CREAM) [3], a 6U VME board whose design and pro- duction was sub-contracted to CAEN [4], with CERN NA62 group continuously supervising the de velopment and production phase. The first version of the board was delivered by the manufacturer in March 2013 and, as of June 2014, the full board production is ongoing. In addition to describing the CREAM board, all aspects of the new LKr readout system, including its integration within the NA62 TDAQ scheme, will be treated.

  4. Sub-10ps monolithic and low-power photodetector readout

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    Recent advances in photon detectors have resulted in high-density imaging arrays that offer many performance and cost advantages. In particular, the excellent transit time spread of certain devices show promise to provide tangible benefits in applications such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Meanwhile, high-density, high-performance readout techniques have not kept on pace for exploiting these developments. Photodetector readout for next generation high event rate particle identification and time-resolved PET requires a highly-integrated, low-power, and cost-effective readout technique. We propose fast waveform sampling as a method that meets these criteria and demonstrate that sub-10ps resolution can be obtained for an existing device

  5. A Low-Noise Readout Circuit for Gyroscopes

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    Guanshi Wang; Xiaowei Liu; Changchun Dong

    2015-01-01

    In order to suppress the noise of gyroscopes, the method based on lock⁃in amplifier and capacitor matching of the low⁃noise readout circuit is proposed. Firstly, the principle to suppress the noise by lock⁃in amplifier is analyzed, and the noise model of front end is proposed. Secondly, the noise optimization for the charge amplifier is presented according to the noise model of front end. Finally, a readout circuit is constructed by this approach. The measurement results show that the parasitic capacitance of front end is 18 pF, and the noise at resonant frequency ( 4 kHz) is 133 nV/Hz1/2 , and the overall bias stability is 30°/h, and the noise level is 0�003°/( s·Hz1/2 ) . The noise of the gyroscope with the low⁃noise readout by this method is suppressed effectively.

  6. The NA62 Liquid Krypton calorimeter readout architecture

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    Ceccucci, A.; Fantechi, R.; Farthouat, P.; Ryjov, V.; De Simone, N.; Venditti, S.

    2016-01-01

    The NA62 experiment [1] at the CERN SPS (Super Proton Synchrotron) accelerator studies the ultra-rare decays of charged kaons. The high-resolution Liquid Krypton (LKr) electromagnetic calorimeter of the former NA48 experiment [2] is a key component of the experiment photon-veto system. The new LKr readout system comprises 14,000 14-bit ADC acquisition channels, 432× 1 Gbit Ethernet data request and readout links routed by 28× 10 Gbit network switches to the experiment computer farm, and timing, trigger and control (TTC) distribution system. This paper presents the architecture of the LKr readout and TTC systems, the overall performance and the first successfully collected experiment physics data.

  7. A readout for large arrays of Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors

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    McHugh, Sean; Serfass, Bruno; Meeker, Seth; O'Brien, Kieran; Duan, Ran; Raffanti, Rick; Werthimer, Dan

    2012-01-01

    Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) are superconducting detectors capable of counting single photons and measuring their energy in the UV, optical, and near-IR. MKIDs feature intrinsic frequency domain multiplexing (FDM) at microwave frequencies, allowing the construction and readout of large arrays. Due to the microwave FDM, MKIDs do not require the complex cryogenic multiplexing electronics used for similar detectors, such as Transition Edge Sensors (TESs), but instead transfer this complexity to room temperature electronics where they present a formidable signal processing challenge. In this paper we describe the first successful effort to build a readout for a photon counting optical/near-IR astronomical instrument, the ARray Camera for Optical to Near-infrared Spectrophotometry (ARCONS). This readout is based on open source hardware developed by the Collaboration for Astronomy Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER). Designed principally for radio telescope backends, it is flexible...

  8. New frequency modulation readout based on relaxation oscillations

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    Furlan, M; Zehnder, A; Furlan, Miha; Kirk, Eugenie; Zehnder, Alex

    2005-01-01

    Scaling of multi-pixel cryogenic detectors for imaging is rendered increasingly difficult with size by the complexity of readout circuitry and cryogenic constraints (thermal load from wiring). We propose and demonstrate a new readout scheme based on a highly stable RF oscillator comprising a superconducting tunnel junction which exhibits relaxation oscillations. The oscillation frequency is almost linear to the analog bias signal over a wide operation range. The frequency signals from different detectors can be combined to one single readout line and easily detected outside the cryostat. The current noise of an optimized circuit is about 5 pA/sqrt(Hz), comparable to standard SQUID amplifiers. We show experimental data from 'stand-alone' operation as well as response to microcalorimeter signals due to X-ray events.

  9. Reconstruction algorithm study of 2D interpolating resistive readout structure

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    Systematic investigations including both simulation and prototype tests have been done about the interpolating resistive readout structure with GEM (Gaseous Electron Multiplier) detector. From the simulation, we have a good knowledge of the process of charge diffusion on the surface of the readout plane and develop several reconstruction methods to determine the hit position. The total signal duration time of a typical event with the readout structure was about several hundred nanoseconds, which implied an ideal count rate up to 106 Hz. A stable working prototype was designed and fabricated after the simulation. Using 55Fe 5.9 keV X-ray, the image performance of the prototype was examined with flat field image and some special geometry shapes, meanwhile, an energy resolution of about 17% was obtained. (authors)

  10. Ultralow Magnetic Fields and Gravity Probe B Gyroscope Readout

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    Mester, J. C.; Lockhart, J. M.; Muhlfelder, B.; Murray, D. O.; Taber, M. A.

    We describe the generation of an ultralow magnetic field of Tesla in the flight dewar of the Gravity Probe B Relativity Mission. The field was achieved using expanded-superconducting-shield techniques and is maintained with the aid of a magnetic materials control program. A high performance magnetic shield system is required for the proper function of gyroscope readout. The readout system employs a dc SQUID to measure the London moment generated by the superconducting gyro rotor in order to resolve sub-milliarcsecond changes in the gyro spin direction. In addition to a low residual dc magnetic field, attenuation of external field variation is required to be 1012 at the gyro positions. We discuss the measurement of the dc magnetic field and ac attenuation factor and the performance of the readout system

  11. Readout of two-dimensional position-sensitive neutron detector

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    The design of readout electronics based on multi-channel charge-sensitive pre-amplifier application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) are introduced, which is to be applied in the two-dimensional position-sensitive thermal neutron detector based on thick gas electron multiplier (THGEM). The ASIC is VA64TA2, a bare chip with 64 channels of charge sensitive pre-amplifier-shaper circuits and every channel with the function of trigger. These chips are packaged with the ceramic pin grid array package CPGA 257, with 257 pints. The readout electronics is controlled by FPGA. The results of single-channel linear performance test and electronics noise performance test are given. The results show that the readout system has good linearity with the dynamic range of 16 fC, and low electronics noise of 1.2 × 10-2 fC. (authors)

  12. New crystals for dual-readout calorimetry

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    Akchurin, N.; Bedeschi, F.; Cardini, A.; Carosi, R.; Ciapetti, G.; Ferrari, R.; Franchino, S.; Fraternali, M.; Gaudio, G.; Hauptman, J.; Incagli, M.; Korzhik, M.; Lacava, F.; La Rotonda, L.; Livan, M.; Meoni, E.; Nikl, Martin; Pinci, D.; Policicchio, A.; Popescu, S.; Scuri, F.; Sill, A.; Vandelli, W.; Vedda, A.; Venturelli, T.; Voena, C.; Volobouev, I.; Wigmans, R.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 604, č. 3 (2009), s. 512-526. ISSN 0168-9002 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : calorimetry * Cherenkov light * high-Z scintillating crystals Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 1.317, year: 2009

  13. High efficiency readout circuits for large matrices of pixels

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    In future collider experiments the increasing luminosity and center of mass energy are rising challenges in the research field of tracking systems where it is crucial to have very fast sensors with efficient readout in order to sustain the high particle flux. In this context we propose a high-efficiency digital readout architecture for large binary pixel matrices that is meant to cope with high hit-rates, up to 100 MHz/cm2, foreseen in the innermost tracker layer of the new generation particle accelerators. We modelled and designed several readout circuits to be integrated in the periphery of hybrid detectors. In this work we focus on a particular solution, to be interconnected to a 200×256‐pixel matrix covering an area of 1.3 cm2. The hits are latched at pixel level, and the matrix provides a digital interface to the peripheral digital readout. The architecture is highly paralleled in order to reduce the pixels dead time introduced by readout which can be operated in data-push or triggered mode. In addition, a cluster compression algorithm, exploiting also the time sorted hit extraction, has been developed to reduce the output bandwidth. The architecture has been modelled in a hardware description language, to be synthesized in a net-list of foundry standard-cells. A Monte Carlo hit generator has been attached to simulations to evaluate the readout efficiency, both in data-push and triggered working mode. Simulation results will be presented, pointing out beside the efficiency results, the benefits introduced by the compression algorithm.

  14. The readout system for the LHCb Outer Tracker

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    Wiedner, D; Apeldorn, G; Bachmann, S; Bagaturia, Yu S; Bauer, T; Berkien, A; Blouw, J; Bos, E; Deisenroth, M; Dubitzki, R; Eisele, F; Guz, Yu; Haas, T; Hommels, B; Ketel, T; Knopf, J; Merk, M; Nardulli, J; Nedos, M; Pellegrino, A; Rausch, A; Rusnyak, R; Schwemmer, R; Simoni, E; Sluijk, T; Spaan, B; Spelt, J; Stange, U; Van Tilburg, J; Trunk, U; Tuning, N; Uwer, U; Vankow, P; Warda, K

    2007-01-01

    The LHCb Outer Tracker is composed of 55 000 straw drift tubes. The requirements for the OT electronics are the precise (1 ns) drift time measurement at 6 % occupancy and 1 MHz readout. Charge signals from the straw detector are amplified, shaped and discriminated by ATLAS ASDBLR chips. Drift-times are determined and stored in the OTIS TDC and put out to a GOL serializer at L0 accept. Optical fibres carry the data 90 m to the TELL1 acquisition board. The full readout chain performed well in an e- test beam.

  15. A Readout System for the LHCb Outer Tracker

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    Wiedner, D; Apeldorn , G; Bachmann, S; Bagaturi , I; Bauer, T; Berkien, A; Blouw, J; Bos, E; Deisenroth, M; Dubitzki, R; Eisele, F; Guz , Y; Haas, T; Hommels, B; Ketel, T; Knopf , J; Merk , M; Nardulli , J; Nedos, M; Pellegrino, A; Rausch, A; Rusnyak, R; Schwemmer, R; Simoni, E; Sluijk , T; Spaan, B; Spelt , J; Stange, U; van Tilburg, J; Trunk , U; Tuning , N; Uwer, U; Vankow , P; Warda, K

    2006-01-01

    The LHCb Outer Tracker is composed of 55 000 straw drift tubes. The requirements for the OT electronics are the precise (1 ns) drift time measurement at 6 % occupancy and 1 MHz readout. Charge signals from the straw detector are amplified, shaped and discriminated by ATLAS ASDBLR chips. Drift-times are determined and stored in the OTIS TDC and put out to a GOL serializer at L0 accept. Optical fibres carry the data 90 m to the TELL1 acquisition board. The full readout chain performed well in an e- test beam.

  16. The pixel readout system for the PHENIX pad chambers

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    A new concept for two-dimensional position readout of wire chambers is described. The basic idea is to use a cathode segmented into small pixels that are read out in specific groups (pads). The electronics is mounted on the outer face of the chamber with a chip-on-board technique, pushing the material thickness to a minimum. The system described here, containing 210 000 readout channels, will be used to read out the pad chambers in the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)

  17. Liquid-xenon γ-camera with ionisation readout

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    The successful operation of a liquid-xenon ionisation chamber with imaging capability is reported. A bi-dimensional readout based on a mini-strip plate--a glass slab with metal strips deposited along two perpendicular directions--was developed and studied both experimentally and by computation. An image of a 122 keV γ-source of 5 mm diameter was obtained with a liquid-xenon ionisation chamber equipped with such readout. A position resolution better than 2 mm was achieved

  18. Design of scintillation counter read-out by silicon photodiode

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    Comparing Silicon Photodiode (SPD) with Photomultiplier (PMT), the former, even though no inner multiplication, still has been used to replace the latter for its small size, allowing compact arrangement, high quantum efficiency and no need of high voltage to be supplied. Besides, it is able to work in strong magnetic field. How to design a scintillation counter read-out by SPD including selection of SPD and optimization of working condition of SPD and how to match SPD with scintillators and how to design or select a preamplifier to read-out SPD's signals according to various experiments are presented

  19. The Retinal Readout System: a status report A Status Report

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    Litke, A M

    1999-01-01

    The 'Retinal Readout System' is being developed to study the language the eye uses to send information about the visual world to the brain. Its architecture is based on that of silicon microstrip detectors. An array of 512 microscopic electrodes picks up the signals generated by the output neurons of live retinal tissue in response to a dynamic image focused on the input neurons. These signals are amplified, filtered and multiplexed by a set of eight custom-designed VLSI readout chips, and digitized and recorded by a data acquisition system. This report describes the goals, design, and status of the system. (author)

  20. The pixel readout system for the PHENIX pad chambers

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    Nilsson, Paul B., E-mail: paul.nilsson@kosufy.lu.se; Barrette, J.; Bryan, W.; Fraenkel, Z.; Greene, V.; Garpman, S.; Gustafsson, H.-A.; Jagadish, U.; Nikkinen, L.; Lacey, R.; Lauret, J.; Mark, S.K.; Milov, A.; O' Brien, E.; Oskarsson, A.; Oesterman, L.; Otterlund, I.; Pinkenburg, C.; Ravinovich, I.; Rose, A.; Silvermyr, D.; Sivertz, M.; Smith, M.; Stenlund, E.; Svensson, T.; Teodorescu, O.; Tserruya, I.; Xie, W.; Young, G.R

    1999-12-27

    A new concept for two-dimensional position readout of wire chambers is described. The basic idea is to use a cathode segmented into small pixels that are read out in specific groups (pads). The electronics is mounted on the outer face of the chamber with a chip-on-board technique, pushing the material thickness to a minimum. The system described here, containing 210 000 readout channels, will be used to read out the pad chambers in the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC)

  1. A Time Projection Chamber with GEM-Based Readout

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    Attié, David; Bellerive, Alain; Bezshyyko, Oleg; Bhattacharya, Deb Sankar; Bhattacharya, Purba; Bhattacharya, Sudeb; Caiazza, Stefano; Colas, Paul; De Lentdecker, Gilles; Dehmelt, Klaus; Desch, Klaus; Diener, Ralf; Dixit, Madhu; Fleck, Ivor; Fujii, Keisuke; Fusayasu, Takahiro; Ganjour, Serguei; Gao, Yuanning; Gros, Philippe; Hayman, Peter; Hedberg, Vincent; Ikematsu, Katsumasa; Jönsson, Leif; Kaminski, Jochen; Kato, Yukihiro; Kawada, Shin-ichi; Killenberg, Martin; Kleinwort, Claus; Kobayashi, Makoto; Krylov, Vladyslav; Li, Bo; Li, Yulan; Lundberg, Björn; Lupberger, Michael; Majumdar, Nayana; Matsuda, Takeshi; Mehdiyev, Rashid; Mjörnmark, Ulf; Müller, Felix; Münnich, Astrid; Mukhopadhyay, Supratik; Ogawa, Tomohisa; Oskarsson, Anders; Österman, Lennart; Peterson, Daniel; Riallot, Marc; Rosemann, Christoph; Roth, Stefan; Schade, Peter; Schäfer, Oliver; Settles, Ronald Dean; Shirazi, Amir Noori; Smirnova, Oxana; Sugiyama, Akira; Takahashi, Tohru; Tian, Junping; Timmermans, Jan; Titov, Maksym; Tsionou, Dimitra; Vauth, Annika; Wang, Wenxin; Watanabe, Takashi; Werthenbach, Ulrich; Yang, Yifan; Yang, Zhenwei; Yonamine, Ryo; Zenker, Klaus; Zhang, Fan

    2016-01-01

    For the International Large Detector concept at the planned International Linear Collider, the use of time projection chambers (TPC) with micro-pattern gas detector readout as the main tracking detector is investigated. In this paper, results from a prototype TPC, placed in a 1 T solenoidal field and read out with three independent GEM-based readout modules, are reported. The TPC was exposed to a 6 GeV electron beam at the DESY II synchrotron. The efficiency for reconstructing hits, the measurement of the drift velocity, the space point resolution and the control of field inhomogeneities are presented.

  2. Performance analysis for laser radars based on Geiger-mode APD%基于Geiger-mode APD的激光雷达性能分析

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    方照勋; 张华; 李海廷; 路英宾; 高剑波; 陈德章; 卿光弼

    2011-01-01

    针对基于盖革模式雪崩光电二极管(Gm-APD)阵列的激光雷达,提出一种分析其探测性能的方法.以分析单个Gm-APD像元产生的初始光电子和暗计数噪声为基础,对Gm-APD像元的探测概率、虚警概率和漏警概率进行研究,并进一步提出一种多脉冲阚值探测法,并对其探测概率、虚警概率进行了研究和仿真.结果表明,对2~10 km外的目标,采用128×128像元面阵探测器,单脉冲能量小于200 mJ时,探测概率随脉冲能量提高而提高;单脉冲能量大干200 mJ时,探测概率保持不变;当采用多脉冲阈值探测、信号较弱时,探测概率总是随脉冲能量提高而提高,虚警概率总是随脉冲能量提高而降低.%This paper introduces a method for analyzing the performance of laser radar based on Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode(APD) array. The detection probability, false-alarm probability and miss alarm probability are researched by analyzing the creation of primary photon electronics and dark count rate noise. Further more,the method of threshold detection with multiple-pulses are proposed, of which the detection probability and false probability are researched and simulated. For a target at a distance of 2 km to 10 km and the 128 x 128 Geiger-mode APD array, the detection probability of the ladar system can be improved as the pulse energy increasing, while the pulse energy should less than 200 mJ. When the pulse energy is above 200 mj,the detection probability is constant. For the threshold detection with multiple-pulses,the detection probability of the ladar system can be improved as the pulse energy increasing, and the false-alarm probability can be reduced as the pulse energy increasing.

  3. A 4k-Pixel CTIA Readout for Far IR Photodetector Arrays Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to design a low noise, two-side buttable, 64x64 readout multiplexer with the following key design features: 1- By far the largest readout array developed...

  4. Scintillators with silicon photomultiplier readouts for high-energy astrophysics and heliophysics

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    Bloser, Peter F.; Legere, Jason S.; Bancroft, Christopher M.; McConnell, Mark L.; Ryan, James M.

    2014-07-01

    Space-based gamma-ray and neutron detectors face strict constraints of mass, volume, and power, and must endure harsh operating environments. Scintillator materials have a long history of successful operation under these conditions, and new materials offer greatly improved performance in terms of efficiency, time response, and energy resolution. The use of scintillators in space remains constrained, however, by the mass, volume, and fragility of the associated light readout device, typically a vacuum photomultiplier tube (PMT). Recently developed silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) offer gains and efficiencies similar to those of PMTs, but with greatly reduced mass and volume, high ruggedness, and no high-voltage requirements. We have therefore been investigating the use of SiPM readouts for scintillator gamma-ray and neutron detectors, with an emphasis on their suitability for space-based instruments for astrophysics and heliophysics. We present preliminary radiation hardness tests of two promising SiPM devices, and describe two concepts for SiPM-based instruments: an advanced scintillator-based Compton telescope, and a double-scatter neutron telescope suitable for measuring fast solar and magnetospheric neutrons. Supporting laboratory measurements are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of these telescope concepts.

  5. SiPM arrays and miniaturized readout electronics for compact gamma camera

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    Dinu, N., E-mail: dinu@lal.in2p3.fr [Laboratory of Linear Accelerator, IN2P3, CNRS, Orsay (France); Imando, T. Ait; Nagai, A. [Laboratory of Linear Accelerator, IN2P3, CNRS, Orsay (France); Pinot, L. [Laboratory of Imaging and Modelisation in Neurobiology and Cancerology, IN2P3, CNRS, Orsay (France); Puill, V. [Laboratory of Linear Accelerator, IN2P3, CNRS, Orsay (France); Callier, S. [Omega Microelectronics Group, CNRS, Palaiseau (France); Janvier, B.; Esnault, C.; Verdier, M.-A. [Laboratory of Imaging and Modelisation in Neurobiology and Cancerology, IN2P3, CNRS, Orsay (France); Raux, L. [Omega Microelectronics Group, CNRS, Palaiseau (France); Vandenbussche, V.; Charon, Y.; Menard, L. [Laboratory of Imaging and Modelisation in Neurobiology and Cancerology, IN2P3, CNRS, Orsay (France)

    2015-07-01

    This article reports on the design and features of a very compact and light gamma camera based on SiPM arrays and miniaturized readout electronics dedicated to tumor localization during radio-guided cancer surgery. This gamma camera, called MAGICS, is composed of four (2×2) photo-detection elementary modules coupled to an inorganic scintillator. The 256 channels photo-detection system covers a sensitive area of 54×53 m{sup 2}. Each elementary module is based on four (2×2) SiPM monolithic arrays, each array consisting of 16 SiPM photo-sensors (4×4) with 3×3 mm{sup 2} sensitive area, coupled to a miniaturized readout electronics and a dedicated ASIC. The overall dimensions of the electronics fit the size of the detector, enabling to assemble side-by-side several elementary modules in a close-packed arrangement. The preliminary performances of the system are very encouraging, showing an energy resolution of 9.8% and a spatial resolution of less than 1 mm at 122 keV.

  6. Design, construction and setting of a parallel plate avalanche detector with coordinate read-out

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    This detector planned for heavy ion experiments has the following dimensions: 150x210 mm2. Each coordinate of the trajectory is obtained from a plane of read-out wires located half-way between the two electrodes of each gap. Position read-out is made by the delay line method. Interpolating properties cancel out the effects of quantization due to the wires. Two gaps sharing a common electrode, with their wire-planes at 900, furnish the two coordinates. The common electrode (Anode) delivers a fast signal on each ion crossing. Formation of signals on the anode with their distortion by the associated circuit was calculated. Formation of signals on the wires and their distortion into the delay lines was also determined. This allowed to evaluate the influence of the various parameters leading to an optimum time and space resolution. With 252Cf fission products, 500 ps and 0.6 mm were so obtained. Differential linearity is better than 75 μm. Pulse height analysis of the anode signals makes discrimination between lightly and heavily ionizing ions possible

  7. Position readout by charge division in large two-dimensional detectors. [Linear resistive electrodes

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    Alberi, J L

    1976-10-01

    The improvement in readout spatial resolution for charge division systems with subdivided readout electrodes has been analyzed. This readout forms the position and sum signals by a linear, unambiguous analogue summation technique. It is shown that the readout resolution is a function of only electrode capacitance and shaping parameters. The line width improves as 1/N/sup /sup 1///sub 2//, where N is the number of electrode subdivisions.

  8. Circuit design of PMT readout module for detector prototype of Daya Bay reactor neutrino experiment

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    This paper describes the design of PMT readout module for detector prototype of Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment. According to the design requirements of the readout module, the basic structure of the readout module is discussed. This paper also discusses how to realize the charge measurement and time measurement and data processing using a high performance FPGA. The DAQ system including three readout modules and one trigger module are well commissioned and doing data taking now. (authors)

  9. Adaptive Readout Technique For A Sixteen Channel Peak Sensing ADC In the FERA Format

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    An adaptive, variable block-size readout technique for use with multiple, sixteen-channel CAMAC ADCs with a FERA-bus readout has been developed and designed. It can be used to read data from experiments with or without coincidence, i.e. singles, without having to change the readout protocol. Details of the implementation are discussed and initial results are presented. Further applications of the adaptive readout are also discussed

  10. Spatial distribution read-out system for thermoluminescence sheets

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    Yamamoto, I.; Tomiyama, T.; Imaeda, K.; Ninagawa, K.; Wada, T.; Yamashita, Y.; Misaki, A.

    1985-01-01

    A spatial distribution read-out system of thermoluminescence (TL) sheets is developed. This system consists of high gain image intensifier, a CCD-TV camera, a video image processor and a host computer. This system has been applied to artificial TL sheets (BaSO4:Eu doped) for detecting high energy electromagnetic shower and heavy nuclei tracks.

  11. The Readout Control Unit of the ALICE TPC

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    Lien, J A

    2004-01-01

    The ALICE Time Projection Chamber (TPC) is the main tracking detector of the central barrel of the ALICE (A Large Ion Collider) Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), being constructed at CERN, Geneva. It is a 88 m$^{3}$ cylinder filled with gas and divided into two drift regions by the central electrode located at its axial center. The readout chambers of the TPC are multi-wire proportional chambers with cathode pad readout. About 570 000 pads are read-out by an electronics chain of amplification, digitalization and pre-processing. One of the challenges in designing the TPC for ALICE is the design of Front End Electronics (FEE) to cope with the data rates and the channel occupancy. The Readout Control Unit (RCU), which is presented in this work, is designed to control and monitor the Front End Electronics, and to collect and ship data to the High Level Trigger and the Data Acquisition System, via the Detector Data Link (DDL - optical fibre). The RCU must be capable of reading out up to 200 Mbytes/s f...

  12. FUTURE TRENDS IN MICROELECTRONICS - IMPACT ON DETECTOR READOUT.

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    O' CONNOR, P.

    2006-04-03

    Mainstream CMOS is now a well-established detector readout technology. We review technology scaling trends and limits, the implementation of analog circuits in digital CMOS processes, and radiation resistance. Emphasis is placed on the growing importance of power dissipation in ultra-scaled technologies.

  13. Multigate and fast clear logic in FERA readout

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    The operation of CAMAC FERA readout with several sources of Gate and Clear signals in the same branch is described including fast Clear before completion of the digitization or the data transfer. Different FERA compatible modules are used within the branch. The presented logic is implemented in the DIRAC experiment with four FERA branches

  14. Beetle A radiation hard readout chip for the LHCb experiment

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    Agari, M; Bauer, C; Baumeister, D; Van Beuzekom, M G; Feuerstack-Raible, M; Harnew, N; Hofmann, W; Jans, E; Klous, S; Knöpfle, K T; Löchner, S; Schmelling, M; Sexauer, E; Smale, N J; Trunk, U; Verkooijen, H

    2004-01-01

    A new radiation hard pipelined readout chip is being developed for the LHCb-experiment. Appropriate design measures have been taken to ensure the radiation hardness against total ionising dose effects in excess of 45 Mrad, as well as radiation effects induced by single particles.

  15. Beetle - a radiation hard readout chip for the LHCb experiment

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    Agari, M.; Bakel, N. van; Bauer, C.; Baumeister, D. E-mail: baumeis@kip.uni-heidelberg.de; Beuzekom, M. van; Feuerstack-Raible, M.; Harnew, N.; Hofmann, W.; Jans, E.; Klous, S.; Knoepfle, K.T.; Loechner, S.; Schmelling, M.; Sexauer, E.; Smale, N.; Trunk, U.; Verkooijen, H

    2004-02-01

    A new radiation hard pipelined readout chip is being developed for the LHCb-experiment. Appropriate design measures have been taken to ensure the radiation hardness against total ionising dose effects in excess of 45 Mrad, as well as radiation effects induced by single particles.

  16. Beetle - a radiation hard readout chip for the LHCb experiment

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    A new radiation hard pipelined readout chip is being developed for the LHCb-experiment. Appropriate design measures have been taken to ensure the radiation hardness against total ionising dose effects in excess of 45 Mrad, as well as radiation effects induced by single particles

  17. Optical Readout of Micro-Accelerometer Code Features

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    Dickey, Fred M.; Holswade, Scott C.; Polosky, Marc A.; Shagam, Richard N.; Sullivan, Charles T.

    1999-07-08

    Micromachine accelerometers offer a way to enable critical functions only when a system encounters a particular acceleration environment. This paper describes the optical readout of a surface micromachine accelerometer containing a unique 24-bit code. The readout uses waveguide-based optics, which are implemented as a photonic integrated circuit (PIC). The PIC is flip-chip bonded over the micromachine, for a compact package. The shuttle moves 500 {micro}m during readout, and each code element is 17 {micro}m wide. The particular readout scheme makes use of backscattered radiation from etched features in the accelerometer shuttle. The features are etched to create corner reflectors that return radiation back toward the source for a one bit. For a zero bit, the shuttle is not etched, and the radiation scatters forward, away from the detector. This arrangement provides a large signal difference between a one and zero signal, since the zero signal returns virtually no signal to the detector. It is thus superior to schemes that interrogate the code vertically, which have a limited contrast between a one and a zero. Experimental results are presented for mock shuttle features etched into a silicon substrate. To simulate the shuttle moving under a fixed PIC, a commercially available waveguide source was scanned over the mock code.

  18. DOSIMO - an interactive web service of the GSF Readout Center

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    Under the Radiation Protection and X-ray Ordinances, official personnel dosimetry centers are charged with measuring, documenting, and monitoring personnel doses as independent agencies. The GSF Readout Center (AWST) for Personnel Dosimeters and Area Monitors is responsible for monitoring persons occupationally exposed to radiation in the federal states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, and Schleswig-Holstein. The largest German readout center uses new media in personnel dosimetry in order to simplify and speed up data transfer. In October 1998, AWST in cooperation with ADANAT ENTIRE SYSTEMS implemented an Internet interface. As a result, AWST is the first European readout center to offer not only a possibility to disseminate information through the Internet by means of the DOSIMO (DOSIMETRY On-line) Internet Service, but also enabling the interactive data exchange by electronic means with authorized customers. DOSIMO users enjoy the decisive advantage of having the results of readout of their dosimeters ready for use as soon as they have become available. (orig.)

  19. Compact, Low-power and Precision Timing Photodetector Readout

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    Varner, Gary S.; Ruckman, Larry L.; /Hawaii U.; Schwiening, Jochen; Vavra, Jaroslav; /SLAC

    2011-06-14

    Photodetector readout for next generation high event rate particle identification and single-photon detection requires a digitizer capable of integrated recording of dense arrays of sensor elements with high analog bandwidth (precision timing) and large record depth, in a cost-effective, compact and low-power way. Simply stated, one cannot do better than having a high-fidelity 'oscilloscope on a chip' for every sensor channel. A firs version of the Buffered Large Analog Bandwidth (BLAB1) ASIC has been designed based upon the lessons learned from the development of the Large Analog Bandwidth Recorder and Digitizer with Ordered Readout (LABRADOR) ASIC. While this LABRADOR ASIC has been very successful and forms the readout basis of a generation of new, large-scale radio neutrino detectors, its limited sampling depth is a major drawback. To address this shortcoming, a prototype intended for photodetector readout has been designed and fabricated with 64k deep sampling at multi-GSa/s operation. An evaluation system has been constructed for instrumentation of Time-Of-Propagation (TOP) and focusing DIRC prototypes and test results will be reported.

  20. The design of the 3He readout system on CSNS

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    Used in the High-Intensity Powder Diffraction in China Spallation Neutron Sources (CSNS) Project, the electronic parts of the 3He readout system is introduced. The design of the Charge Measurement module (MQ) is described in details, including the structure of the circuit, the firmware of the FPGA on the board. The test results are given out in the final. (authors)

  1. Triple-GEM detector for the readout of a TPC

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    A time-projection-chamber (TPC) allows to do a full 3D track reconstruction in combination with a precise energy-loss measurement for particle identification. Up to now it was not possible to operate a TPC in a continuous mode due to back drifting secondary ions from the amplification stage. This can be overcome by using GEM foils for the amplification, exploiting the intrinsic ion back flow suppression of the GEM foils. A continuous read-out TPC is one option for the inner tracker of the future anti PANDA spectrometer which will be built at the new FAIR facility rate at GSI (Darmstadt, Germany). To check the operation of this solution a prototype detector of 300 mm diameter and a drift length of 725 mm with the GEM stack and readout detachable from the fieldcage was build. Tests for the commissioning of the GEM stack with an analog readout and an Fe55 source have been done. For the read-out of the GEM stack front-end electronics based on the AFTER/T2K chip were developed. The detector description, results of the GEM stack evaluation, front-end noise properties and some first experimental results achieved under realistic beam conditions within FOPI rate at GSI are presented in this contribution.

  2. Evaluation of silicon micro strip detectors with large read-out pitch

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    For the development of the silicon micro-strip detector with the pitch of the readout strips as large as 250 μm on the ohmic side, we made samples with different structures. Charge collection was evaluated to optimize the width of implant strips, aluminum read-out strips, and/or the read-out scheme among strips. (orig.)

  3. Optimal CCD readout by digital correlated double sampling

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    Alessandri, C.; Abusleme, A.; Guzman, D.; Passalacqua, I.; Alvarez-Fontecilla, E.; Guarini, M.

    2016-01-01

    Digital correlated double sampling (DCDS), a readout technique for charge-coupled devices (CCD), is gaining popularity in astronomical applications. By using an oversampling ADC and a digital filter, a DCDS system can achieve a better performance than traditional analogue readout techniques at the expense of a more complex system analysis. Several attempts to analyse and optimize a DCDS system have been reported, but most of the work presented in the literature has been experimental. Some approximate analytical tools have been presented for independent parameters of the system, but the overall performance and trade-offs have not been yet modelled. Furthermore, there is disagreement among experimental results that cannot be explained by the analytical tools available. In this work, a theoretical analysis of a generic DCDS readout system is presented, including key aspects such as the signal conditioning stage, the ADC resolution, the sampling frequency and the digital filter implementation. By using a time-domain noise model, the effect of the digital filter is properly modelled as a discrete-time process, thus avoiding the imprecision of continuous-time approximations that have been used so far. As a result, an accurate, closed-form expression for the signal-to-noise ratio at the output of the readout system is reached. This expression can be easily optimized in order to meet a set of specifications for a given CCD, thus providing a systematic design methodology for an optimal readout system. Simulated results are presented to validate the theory, obtained with both time- and frequency-domain noise generation models for completeness.

  4. Digital readouts for large microwave low-temperature detector arrays

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    Mazin, Benjamin A.; Day, Peter K.; Irwin, Kent D.; Reintsema, Carl D.; Zmuidzinas, Jonas

    2006-04-01

    Over the last several years many different types of low-temperature detectors (LTDs) have been developed that use a microwave resonant circuit as part of their readout. These devices include microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKID), microwave SQUID readouts for transition edge sensors (TES), and NIS bolometers. Current readout techniques for these devices use analog frequency synthesizers and IQ mixers. While these components are available as microwave integrated circuits, one set is required for each resonator. We are exploring a new readout technique for this class of detectors based on a commercial-off-the-shelf technology called software defined radio (SDR). In this method a fast digital to analog (D/A) converter creates as many tones as desired in the available bandwidth. Our prototype system employs a 100 MS/s 16-bit D/A to generate an arbitrary number of tones in 50 MHz of bandwidth. This signal is then mixed up to the desired detector resonant frequency (˜10 GHz), sent through the detector, then mixed back down to baseband. The baseband signal is then digitized with a series of fast analog to digital converters (80 MS/s, 14-bit). Next, a numerical mixer in a dedicated integrated circuit or FPGA mixes the resonant frequency of a specified detector to 0 Hz, and sends the complex detector output over a computer bus for processing and storage. In this paper we will report on our results in using a prototype system to readout a MKID array, including system noise performance, X-ray pulse response, and cross-talk measurements. We will also discuss how this technique can be scaled to read out many thousands of detectors.

  5. On readout of vibrational qubits using quantum beats

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    Readout of the final states of qubits is a crucial step towards implementing quantum computation in experiment. Although not scalable to large numbers of qubits per molecule, computational studies show that molecular vibrations could provide a significant (factor 2–5 in the literature) increase in the number of qubits compared to two-level systems. In this theoretical work, we explore the process of readout from vibrational qubits in thiophosgene molecule, SCCl2, using quantum beat oscillations. The quantum beats are measured by first exciting the superposition of the qubit-encoding vibrational states to the electronically excited readout state with variable time-delay pulses. The resulting oscillation of population of the readout state is then detected as a function of time delay. In principle, fitting the quantum beat signal by an analytical expression should allow extracting the values of probability amplitudes and the relative phases of the vibrational qubit states. However, we found that if this procedure is implemented using the standard analytic expression for quantum beats, a non-negligible phase error is obtained. We discuss the origin and properties of this phase error, and propose a new analytical expression to correct the phase error. The corrected expression fits the quantum beat signal very accurately, which may permit reading out the final state of vibrational qubits in experiments by combining the analytic fitting expression with numerical modelling of the readout process. The new expression is also useful as a simple model for fitting any quantum beat experiments where more accurate phase information is desired

  6. Detection of the scintillation light emitted from direct-bandgap compound semiconductors by a Si avalanche photodiode at 150 mK

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    In this work, the direct-bandgap compound semiconductor materials are irradiated by α particles emitted from 241Am for the detection of scintillation light at the temperature of 150 mK. For the irradiation experiment, two disk shaped samples were fabricated from an epoxy resin mixed with the powder of PbI2 and CuI, respectively. Each disk-samples was cooled down to 150 mK by a compact liquid helium-free dilution refrigerator. A Si avalanche photodiode (APD) was employed for detecting the scintillation light emitted from the disk-sample inside the refrigerator. The detection signal current of Si APD was converted into the voltage pulses by a charge sensitive preamplifier. The voltage pulses of the scintillation light emitted from the direct-bandgap semiconductors were observed at the temperature of 150 mK. (author)

  7. Contribution to the study of the readout of the electromagnetic calorimeter crystals in the CMS experiment at LHC

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    The search for neutral Higgs boson through its decay into two photons provides a very promising signal for a mass between 90 and 150 GeV. It requires an electromagnetic calorimeter of very high resolution. The CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) electromagnetic calorimeter must be made up of more than 80,000 lead tungstate crystals. In the central part (the barrel), the scintillation light readout is performed by means of avalanche photodiodes, a silicon photo-sensor with internal gain which is a relative novelty in high energy physics. Concerning the readout electronics, the energy available in the centre-of-mass (14 TeV) as well as the collision frequency (40 MHz) of LHC impose constraints with respect to the signal treatment up to the acquisition. The retained solution consists in pairing two avalanche photodiodes, the parameters of which (gain, temperature dependence, dark current, etc) must be controlled, and coupling them to a low noise preamplifier of high dynamical range (5 MeV - 2 TeV) followed by a four-slopes linear compressor and a analog-digital sampling converter of 12 bits, 40 MHz. The thesis presents the prototypes of different electromagnetic calorimeters tested in the high energy beam. An energy resolution of 0.6% at 100 GeV was obtained with a conventional readout circuitry, while the integrated associated circuits were radiation resistant

  8. First operation of a hybrid photon detector prototype with electrostatic cross-focussing and integrated silicon pixel readout

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    Alemi, M; Gys, Thierry; Mikulec, B; Piedigrossi, D; Puertolas, D; Rosso, E; Schomaker, R; Snoeys, W; Wyllie, Ken H

    2000-01-01

    We report on the first operation of a hybrid photon detector prototype with integrated silicon pixel readout for the ring imaging Cherenkov detectors of the LHCb experiment. The photon detector is based on a cross-focussed image intensifier tube geometry where the image is de-magnified by a factor of 4. The anode consists of a silicon pixel array, bump-bonded to a binary readout chip with matching pixel electronics. The prototype has been characterized using a low-intensity light-emitting diode operated in pulsed mode. Its performance in terms of single-photoelectron detection efficiency and imaging properties is presented. A model of photoelectron detection is proposed, and is shown to be in good agreement with the experimental data. It includes an estimate of the charge signal generated in the silicon detector, and the combined effects of the comparator threshold spread of the pixel readout chip, charge sharing at the pixel boundaries and back-scattering of the photoelectrons at the silicon detector surface...

  9. Lessons from Monte Carlo simulations of the performance of a dual-readout fiber calorimeter

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    Akchurin, N; Cardini, A; Cascella, M; De Pedis, D; Ferrari, R; Fracchia, S; Franchino, S; Fraternali, M; Gaudio, G; Genova, P; Hauptman, J; La Rotonda, L; Lee, S; Livan, M; Meoni, E; Pinci, D; Policicchio, A; Saraiva, J G; Scuri, F; Sill, A; Venturelli, T; Wigmans, R

    2014-01-01

    The RD52 calorimeter uses the dual-readout principle to detect both electromagnetic and hadronic showers, as well as muons. Scintillation and Cherenkov light provide the two signals which, in combination, allow for superior hadronic performance. In this paper, we report on detailed, GEANT4 based Monte Carlo simulations of the performance of this instrument. The results of these simulations are compared in great detail to measurements that have been carried out and published by the DREAM Collaboration. This comparison makes it possible to understand subtle details of the shower development in this unusual particle detector. It also allows for predictions of the improvement in the performance that may be expected for larger detectors of this type. These studies also revealed some inadequacies in the GEANT4 simulation packages, especially for hadronic showers, but also for the Cherenkov signals from electromagnetic showers.

  10. Lessons from Monte Carlo simulations of the performance of a dual-readout fiber calorimeter

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    Akchurin, N. [Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (United States); Bedeschi, F. [INFN Sezione di Pisa (Italy); Cardini, A. [INFN Sezione di Cagliari, Monserrato, CA (Italy); Cascella, M. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Salento (Italy); INFN Sezione di Lecce (Italy); De Pedis, D. [INFN Sezione di Roma (Italy); Ferrari, R.; Fracchia, S. [INFN Sezione di Pavia (Italy); Franchino, S. [CERN, Genève (Switzerland); Fraternali, M. [INFN Sezione di Pavia (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pavia (Italy); Gaudio, G. [INFN Sezione di Pavia (Italy); Genova, P. [INFN Sezione di Pavia (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pavia (Italy); Hauptman, J. [Iowa State University, Ames (IA) (United States); La Rotonda, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università della Calabria (Italy); INFN Cosenza (Italy); Lee, S. [Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX (United States); Livan, M. [INFN Sezione di Pavia (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Pavia (Italy); Meoni, E. [Tufts University, Medford, MA (United States); Pinci, D. [INFN Sezione di Roma (Italy); Policicchio, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica, Università della Calabria (Italy); INFN Cosenza (Italy); Saraiva, J.G. [LIP, Lisbon (Portugal); Scuri, F. [INFN Sezione di Pisa (Italy); and others

    2014-10-21

    The RD52 calorimeter uses the dual-readout principle to detect both electromagnetic and hadronic showers, as well as muons. Scintillation and Cherenkov light provide the two signals which, in combination, allow for superior hadronic performance. In this paper, we report on detailed, GEANT4 based Monte Carlo simulations of the performance of this instrument. The results of these simulations are compared in great detail to measurements that have been carried out and published by the DREAM Collaboration. This comparison makes it possible to understand subtle details of the shower development in this unusual particle detector. It also allows for predictions of the improvement in the performance that may be expected for larger detectors of this type. These studies also revealed some inadequacies in the GEANT4 simulation packages, especially for hadronic showers, but also for the Cherenkov signals from electromagnetic showers.

  11. Readout electronics for the SiPM tracking plane in the NEXT-1 prototype

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    NEXT is a new experiment to search for neutrinoless double beta decay using a 100 kg radio-pure high-pressure gaseous xenon TPC with electroluminescence readout. A large-scale prototype with a SiPM tracking plane has been built. The primary electron paths can be reconstructed from time-resolved measurements of the light that arrives to the SiPM plane. Our approach is to measure how many photons have reached each SiPM sensor each microsecond with a gated integrator. We have designed and tested a 16-channel front-end board that includes the analog paths and a digital section. Each analog path consists of three different stages: a transimpedance amplifier, a gated integrator and an offset and gain control stage. Measurements show good linearity and the ability to detect single photoelectrons.

  12. The read-out electronics of the AMS prototype RICH detector

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    A Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) counter dedicated to the AMS experiment is under development. An integrated circuit has been designed with the Austriamicrosystems 0.6 μm CMOS technology to process the signals of the 16 anode PMTs used in the photon detection. To improve the detector compactness, the read-out electronics is placed very close to the PMTs. This lead to the design of a detection cell that comprises: a light guide, a PMT, a high-voltage divider, an analog front-end chip and an analog to digital converter. The analog front-end chips were extensively and successfully tested in a laboratory environment, 96 of them are now mounted on the RICH prototype. Tests with cosmic rays have started. Ion beam tests are planed in a near future

  13. Optical readout of a triple-GEM detector by means of a CMOS sensor

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    Marafini, M.; Patera, V.; Pinci, D.; Sarti, A.; Sciubba, A.; Spiriti, E.

    2016-07-01

    In last years, the development of optical sensors has produced objects able to provide very interesting performance. Large granularity is offered along with a very high sensitivity. CMOS sensors with millions of pixels able to detect as few as two or three photons per pixel are commercially available and can be used to read-out the optical signals provided by tracking particle detectors. In this work the results obtained by optically reading-out a triple-GEM detector by a commercial CMOS sensor will be presented. A standard detector was assembled with a transparent window below the third GEM allowing the light to get out. The detector is supplied with an Ar/CF4 based gas mixture producing 650 nm wavelength photons matching the maximum quantum efficiency of the sensor.

  14. Optical Modules and Readout Scheme for the KM3NeT Neutrino Telescope

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    The KM3NeT consortium has completed a Technical Design Report (TDR) for a proposed multi-cubic-kilometer sized underwater neutrino telescope that will be deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. The basic unit of an underwater neutrino telescope is the Optical Module (OM), a pyrex glass sphere capable of withstanding the great pressure of the deep sea (up to 5 km water depth) where the telescope will be deployed. The glass spheres house photomultipliers (PMTs), either a single large PMT or many smaller ones, which register the Cherenkov light arising from the secondaries of neutrino interactions. The front-end electronics, installed off-shore, will be based on an ASIC implementing a time-over-threshold signal processing. For the readout scheme, the preferred solution is a fully optical fibre-based approach with point-to-point connections between OMs and shore. All signals above an adjustable noise-rejection threshold will be transferred to shore.

  15. PETA4: a multi-channel TDC/ADC ASIC for SiPM readout

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    Sacco, I.; Fischer, P.; Ritzert, M.

    2013-12-01

    The PETA4 ASIC is the latest member of a family of chips targeted mainly at the readout of Silicon Photomultipliers in PET, with possible use in other detector applications. PETA4 houses 36 channels on a 5 × 5mm2 die and is fabricated in the UMC 180nm technology. It uses bump bonds with a convenient pitch of ≈ 270μm to allow the construction of very compact modules at moderate substrate cost. The chip requires nearly no external components by integrating everything (PLL loop filter, bandgap reference, bias DACs,...) on chip. Power consumption is <= 40mW per channel, depending on digital speed and bias settings. Every channel has two independent frontends: an established differential amplifier which has shown to be insensitive to pickup in the target application of PET/MRI, and a single-ended frontend with very low input impedance (Zin ≈ 7Ω) for high channel count operation. A fast discriminator with tunable threshold and a noise of <= 300μV self-triggers time stamping with a bin width of 50ps as well as an integrator with programmable integration time. The amplitude signal is converted by a ≈ 9-bit SAR ADC. After conversion, events with sufficient amplitude are queued for serial readout. The previous chip version PETA3 has achieved a CRT time resolution of ≈ 200ps when reading out scintillation light from a 3 × 3×5mm3 LYSO crystal coupled at room temperature to a 3 × 3mm2 SiPM from FBK. Energy resolution for LYSO is ≈ 12.5%FWHM. LYSO crystals of 1.3mm size could be clearly identified with SiPMs of 4 × 4mm2 when using a light spreader. The architecture of PETA4 and its performance in the lab and with SiPMs will be presented.

  16. PETA4: a multi-channel TDC/ADC ASIC for SiPM readout

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    The PETA4 ASIC is the latest member of a family of chips targeted mainly at the readout of Silicon Photomultipliers in PET, with possible use in other detector applications. PETA4 houses 36 channels on a 5 × 5mm2 die and is fabricated in the UMC 180nm technology. It uses bump bonds with a convenient pitch of ≈ 270μm to allow the construction of very compact modules at moderate substrate cost. The chip requires nearly no external components by integrating everything (PLL loop filter, bandgap reference, bias DACs,...) on chip. Power consumption is ≤ 40mW per channel, depending on digital speed and bias settings. Every channel has two independent frontends: an established differential amplifier which has shown to be insensitive to pickup in the target application of PET/MRI, and a single-ended frontend with very low input impedance (Zin ≈ 7Ω) for high channel count operation. A fast discriminator with tunable threshold and a noise of ≤ 300μV self-triggers time stamping with a bin width of 50ps as well as an integrator with programmable integration time. The amplitude signal is converted by a ≈ 9-bit SAR ADC. After conversion, events with sufficient amplitude are queued for serial readout. The previous chip version PETA3 has achieved a CRT time resolution of ≈ 200ps when reading out scintillation light from a 3 × 3×5mm3 LYSO crystal coupled at room temperature to a 3 × 3mm2 SiPM from FBK. Energy resolution for LYSO is ≈ 12.5%FWHM. LYSO crystals of 1.3mm size could be clearly identified with SiPMs of 4 × 4mm2 when using a light spreader. The architecture of PETA4 and its performance in the lab and with SiPMs will be presented

  17. Results from a Prototype MAPS Sensor Telescope and Readout Systemwith Zero Suppression for the Heavy Flavor Tracker at STAR

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    Greiner, Leo C.; Matis, Howard S.; Ritter, Hans G.; Rose, AndrewA.; Stezelberger, Thorsten; Sun, Xiangming; Szelezniak, Michal A.; Thomas, James H.; Vu, Chinh Q.; Wieman, Howard H.

    2008-02-11

    We describe a three Mimostar-2 Monolithic Active PixelSensor (MAPS) sensor telescope prototype with an accompanying readoutsystem incorporating on-the-fly data sparsification. The system has beencharacterized and we report on the measured performance of the sensortelescope and readout system in beam tests conducted both at the AdvancedLight Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and inthe STAR experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). Thiseffort is part of the development and prototyping work that will lead toa vertex detector for the STAR experiment.

  18. Testing and simulation of silicon photomultiplier readouts for scintillators in high-energy astronomy and solar physics

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    Bloser, P.F., E-mail: Peter.Bloser@unh.edu; Legere, J.S.; Bancroft, C.M.; Jablonski, L.F.; Wurtz, J.R.; Ertley, C.D.; McConnell, M.L.; Ryan, J.M.

    2014-11-01

    Space-based gamma-ray detectors for high-energy astronomy and solar physics face severe constraints on mass, volume, and power, and must endure harsh launch conditions and operating environments. Historically, such instruments have usually been based on scintillator materials due to their relatively low cost, inherent ruggedness, high stopping power, and radiation hardness. New scintillator materials, such as LaBr{sub 3}:Ce, feature improved energy and timing performance, making them attractive for future astronomy and solar physics space missions in an era of tightly constrained budgets. Despite this promise, the use of scintillators in space remains constrained by the volume, mass, power, and fragility of the associated light readout device, typically a vacuum photomultiplier tube (PMT). In recent years, silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) have emerged as promising alternative light readout devices that offer gains and quantum efficiencies similar to those of PMTs, but with greatly reduced mass and volume, high ruggedness, low voltage requirements, and no sensitivity to magnetic fields. In order for SiPMs to replace PMTs in space-based instruments, however, it must be shown that they can provide comparable performance, and that their inherent temperature sensitivity can be corrected for. To this end, we have performed extensive testing and modeling of a small gamma-ray spectrometer composed of a 6 mm×6 mm SiPM coupled to a 6 mm×6 mm ×10 mm LaBr{sub 3}:Ce crystal. A custom readout board monitors the temperature and adjusts the bias voltage to compensate for gain variations. We record an energy resolution of 5.7% (FWHM) at 662 keV at room temperature. We have also performed simulations of the scintillation process and optical light collection using Geant4, and of the SiPM response using the GosSiP package. The simulated energy resolution is in good agreement with the data from 22 keV to 662 keV. Above ∼1 MeV, however, the measured energy resolution is

  19. Testing and simulation of silicon photomultiplier readouts for scintillators in high-energy astronomy and solar physics

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    Bloser, P. F.; Legere, J. S.; Bancroft, C. M.; Jablonski, L. F.; Wurtz, J. R.; Ertley, C. D.; McConnell, M. L.; Ryan, J. M.

    2014-11-01

    Space-based gamma-ray detectors for high-energy astronomy and solar physics face severe constraints on mass, volume, and power, and must endure harsh launch conditions and operating environments. Historically, such instruments have usually been based on scintillator materials due to their relatively low cost, inherent ruggedness, high stopping power, and radiation hardness. New scintillator materials, such as LaBr3:Ce, feature improved energy and timing performance, making them attractive for future astronomy and solar physics space missions in an era of tightly constrained budgets. Despite this promise, the use of scintillators in space remains constrained by the volume, mass, power, and fragility of the associated light readout device, typically a vacuum photomultiplier tube (PMT). In recent years, silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) have emerged as promising alternative light readout devices that offer gains and quantum efficiencies similar to those of PMTs, but with greatly reduced mass and volume, high ruggedness, low voltage requirements, and no sensitivity to magnetic fields. In order for SiPMs to replace PMTs in space-based instruments, however, it must be shown that they can provide comparable performance, and that their inherent temperature sensitivity can be corrected for. To this end, we have performed extensive testing and modeling of a small gamma-ray spectrometer composed of a 6 mm×6 mm SiPM coupled to a 6 mm×6 mm ×10 mm LaBr3:Ce crystal. A custom readout board monitors the temperature and adjusts the bias voltage to compensate for gain variations. We record an energy resolution of 5.7% (FWHM) at 662 keV at room temperature. We have also performed simulations of the scintillation process and optical light collection using Geant4, and of the SiPM response using the GosSiP package. The simulated energy resolution is in good agreement with the data from 22 keV to 662 keV. Above ~1 MeV, however, the measured energy resolution is systematically worse than

  20. Testing and simulation of silicon photomultiplier readouts for scintillators in high-energy astronomy and solar physics

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    Space-based gamma-ray detectors for high-energy astronomy and solar physics face severe constraints on mass, volume, and power, and must endure harsh launch conditions and operating environments. Historically, such instruments have usually been based on scintillator materials due to their relatively low cost, inherent ruggedness, high stopping power, and radiation hardness. New scintillator materials, such as LaBr3:Ce, feature improved energy and timing performance, making them attractive for future astronomy and solar physics space missions in an era of tightly constrained budgets. Despite this promise, the use of scintillators in space remains constrained by the volume, mass, power, and fragility of the associated light readout device, typically a vacuum photomultiplier tube (PMT). In recent years, silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) have emerged as promising alternative light readout devices that offer gains and quantum efficiencies similar to those of PMTs, but with greatly reduced mass and volume, high ruggedness, low voltage requirements, and no sensitivity to magnetic fields. In order for SiPMs to replace PMTs in space-based instruments, however, it must be shown that they can provide comparable performance, and that their inherent temperature sensitivity can be corrected for. To this end, we have performed extensive testing and modeling of a small gamma-ray spectrometer composed of a 6 mm×6 mm SiPM coupled to a 6 mm×6 mm ×10 mm LaBr3:Ce crystal. A custom readout board monitors the temperature and adjusts the bias voltage to compensate for gain variations. We record an energy resolution of 5.7% (FWHM) at 662 keV at room temperature. We have also performed simulations of the scintillation process and optical light collection using Geant4, and of the SiPM response using the GosSiP package. The simulated energy resolution is in good agreement with the data from 22 keV to 662 keV. Above ∼1 MeV, however, the measured energy resolution is systematically worse

  1. Polarization and readout of coupled single spins in diamond

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    Hanson, R; Epstein, R J; Awschalom, D D

    2006-01-01

    We study the coupling of a single nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond to a nearby single nitrogen defect at room temperature. The magnetic dipolar coupling leads to a splitting in the electron spin resonance frequency of the N-V center, allowing readout of the state of a single nitrogen electron spin. At magnetic fields where the spin splitting of the two centers is the same we observe a strong polarization of the nitrogen electron spin. The amount of polarization can be controlled by the optical excitation power. We combine the polarization and the readout in time-resolved pump-probe measurements to determine the spin relaxation time of a single nitrogen electron spin. Finally, we discuss indications for hyperfine-induced polarization of the nitrogen nuclear spin.

  2. Josephson traveling-wave parametric amplifier for superconducting qubit readout

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    Macklin, Chris; Slichter, D. H.; Yaakobi, O.; Friedland, L.; Bolkhovsky, V.; Braje, D. A.; Fitch, G.; Oliver, W. D.; Siddiqi, I.

    2014-03-01

    Superconducting parametric amplifiers (paramps) have successfully demonstrated near quantum limited sensitivity, enabling single-shot qubit readout, feedback, and state tracking. However, these amplifiers are commonly limited to narrow bandwidth and modest dynamic range, and most require microwave circulators to separate input and output modes. These limitations stem from the use of a resonant non-linearity to achieve mixing between a signal and pump mode. Our traveling-wave parametric amplifier (TWPA) is based on a superconducting nonlinear Josephson junction transmission line, thereby inherently sidestepping the limitations associated with a cavity structure. We present theoretical predictions and experimental results, including improved gain and noise performance. We discuss transmon qubit readout in the circuit QED architecture using a TWPA. We also comment on promising architectures for chip-level integration and multiplexing. Work supported by IARPA.

  3. Development of TORCH readout electronics for customised MCPs

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    Gao, R.; Brook, N.; Castillo García, L.; Cussans, D.; Fohl, K.; Forty, R.; Frei, C.; Gys, T.; Harnew, N.; Piedigrossi, D.; Rademacker, J.; Ros García, A.; Van Dijk, M.

    2016-04-01

    The TORCH detector is being developed for low-momentum particle identification, combining time-of-flight and Cherenkov techniques to achieve charged particle pi/K/p separation up to 10 GeV/c over a flight distance of 10m. This requires a timing resolution of 70 ps for single photons. Based on an existing scalable design, production and testing of a TORCH readout system has been undertaken over the past year, and a novel customized Micro Channel Plate (MCP) photomultiplier device with 128-channels has been instrumented. This paper will report on the development of the readout system which is being used to measure time-of-flight in a test-beam, and its performance. We will also discuss the communication and data alignment between the TORCH system and the TimePix3 telescope in order to provide track reconstruction.

  4. Integrator based readout in Tile Calorimeter of the ATLAS experiment

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    Gonzalez Parra, G

    2012-01-01

    TileCal is the hadronic tile calorimeter of the ATLAS experiment at LHC/CERN. To equalize the response of individual TileCal cells with a precision better than 1 % and to monitor the response of each cell over time, a calibration and monitoring system based on a Cs137 radioactive source driven through the calorimeter volume by liquid flow has been implemented. This calibration system relies on dedicated readout chain based on a slow integrators that read currents from the TileCal photomultipliers integrating over milliseconds during the calibration runs. Moreover, during the LHC collisions the TileCal integrator based readout provides the signal coming from inelastic proton- proton collisions at low momentum transfer (MB) which is used to monitor ATLAS instantaneously luminosity and to continuously monitor the response of all calorimeter cells during data-taking.

  5. The OPERA global readout and GPS distribution system

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    OPERA is an experiment dedicated to the observation of νμ into ντ oscillations in appearance mode using a pure νμ beam (CNGS) produced at CERN and detected at Gran Sasso. The experiment exploits a hybrid technology with emulsions and electronics detectors. The OPERA readout is performed through a triggerless, continuously running, distributed and highly available system. Its global architecture is based on Ethernet-capable smart sensors with microprocessing and network interface directly at the front-end stage. A unique interface board is used for the full detector reading out ADC-, TDC- or Controller-boards. All the readout channels are synchronized through a GPS-locked common bidirectional clock distribution system developed on purpose in a PCI format. It offers a second line to address all channels and the off-line synchronization with the CNGS to select the events.

  6. The GOTTHARD charge integrating readout detector: design and characterization

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    A charge integrating readout ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) for silicon strip sensors has been developed at PSI in collaboration with DESY. The goal of the project is to provide a charge integrating readout system able to cope with the pulsed beam of XFEL machines and at the same time to retain the high dynamic range and single photon resolution performances typical for photon counting systems. The ASIC, designed in IBM 130 nm CMOS technology, takes advantage of its three gain stages with automatic stage selection to achieve a dynamic range of 10000 12 keV photons and a noise better than 300 e.n.c.. The 4 analog outputs of the ASIC are optimized for speed, allowing frame rates higher than 1 MHz, without compromises on linearity and noise performances. This work presents the design features of the ASIC, and reports the characterization results of the chip itself.

  7. Towards a new generation of pixel detector readout chips

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    The Medipix3 Collaboration has broken new ground in spectroscopic X-ray imaging and in single particle detection and tracking. This paper will review briefly the performance and limitations of the present generation of pixel detector readout chips developed by the Collaboration. Through Silicon Via technology has the potential to provide a significant improvement in the tile-ability and more flexibility in the choice of readout architecture. This has been explored in the context of 3 projects with CEA-LETI using Medipix3 and Timepix3 wafers. The next generation of chips will aim to provide improved spectroscopic imaging performance at rates compatible with human CT. It will also aim to provide full spectroscopic images with unprecedented energy and spatial resolution. Some of the opportunities and challenges posed by moving to a more dense CMOS process will be discussed

  8. Optical readout and control systems for the CMS tracker

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    Troska, Jan K; Faccio, F; Gill, K; Grabit, R; Jareno, R M; Sandvik, A M; Vasey, F

    2003-01-01

    The Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment will be installed at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2007. The readout system for the CMS Tracker consists of 10000000 individual detector channels that are time-multiplexed onto 40000 unidirectional analogue (40 MSample /s) optical links for transmission between the detector and the 65 m distant counting room. The corresponding control system consists of 2500 bi-directional digital (40 Mb/s) optical links based as far as possible upon the same components. The on-detector elements (lasers and photodiodes) of both readout and control links will be distributed throughout the detector volume in close proximity to the silicon detector elements. For this reason, strict requirements are placed on minimal package size, mass, power dissipation, immunity to magnetic field, and radiation hardness. It has been possible to meet the requirements with the extensive use of commercially available components with a minimum of customization. The project has now entered its vol...

  9. Optimised cantilever biosensor with piezoresistive read-out

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    Rasmussen, Peter; Thaysen, J.; Hansen, Ole;

    2003-01-01

    We present a cantilever-based biochemical sensor with piezoresistive read-out which has been optimised for measuring surface stress. The resistors and the electrical wiring on the chip are encapsulated in low-pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) silicon nitride, so that the chip is well...... suited for operation in liquids. The wiring is titanium silicide which—in contrast to conventional metal wiring—is compatible with the high-temperature LPCVD coating process....

  10. Two-dimensional readout in a liquid xenon ionisation chamber

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    A two-dimensional readout with metal strips deposited on both sides of a glass plate is investigated aiming to assess the possibility of its use in a liquid xenon ionisation chamber for positron emission tomography. Here, we present results obtained with an α-source. It is shown that position resolution of ≤1 mm, fwhm, can be achieved for free charge depositions equivalent to those due to γ-rays with energy from 220 down to 110 keV

  11. Ultrasensitive Proximity Josephson Sensor with Kinetic Inductance Read-Out

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    Giazotto, Francesco; Heikkilä, Tero T.; Pepe, Giovanni Piero; Helistö, Panu; Luukanen, Arttu; Pekola, Jukka P.

    2008-01-01

    We propose a mesoscopic kinetic-inductance radiation detector based on a long superconductor-normal metal-superconductor Josephson junction. The operation of this proximity Josephson sensor relies on large kinetic inductance variations under irradiation due to the exponential temperature dependence of the critical current. Coupled with a dc superconducting quantum interference device readout, the PJS is able to provide a signal to noise (S/N) ratio up to ∼103 in the terahertz regime if operat...

  12. Quantum theory of a bandpass Purcell filter for qubit readout

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    Sete, Eyob A.; Martinis, John M.; Korotkov, Alexander N.

    2015-01-01

    The readout fidelity of superconducting transmon and Xmon qubits is partially limited by the qubit energy relaxation through the resonator into the transmission line, which is also known as the Purcell effect. One way to suppress this energy relaxation is to employ a filter which impedes microwave propagation at the qubit frequency. We present semiclassical and quantum analyses for the bandpass Purcell filter realized by E.\\ Jeffrey \\textit{et al}.\\ [Phys.\\ Rev.\\ Lett.\\ 112, 190504 (2014)]. F...

  13. Test setup for the readout electronics of ALICE-PMD

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    The readout of the anode signals of the honeycomb chamber with a common cathode structure is to be carried out using gassiplex chips (16 channel CMOS analogue signal processor) developed at CERN. Considering that these chips will be MANAS-16 fabricated in India a comprehensive setup for testing and assembly of chips has been developed at VECC for 3/4 chip boards and associated circuitry like level shifter, repeater and buffer boards

  14. Hexagonal pixel detector with time encoded binary readout

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    The University of Hawaii is developing continuous acquisition pixel (CAP) detectors for vertexing applications in lepton colliding experiments such as SuperBelle or ILC. In parallel to the investigation of different technology options such as MAPS or SOI, both analog and binary readout concepts have been tested. First results with a binary readout scheme in which the hit information is time encoded by means of a signal shifting mechanism have recently been published. This paper explains the hit reconstruction for such a binary detector with an emphasis on fake hit reconstruction probabilities in order to evaluate the rate capability in a high background environment such as the planned SuperB factory at KEK. The results show that the binary concept is at least comparable to any analog readout strategy if not better in terms of occupancy. Furthermore, we present a completely new binary readout strategy in which the pixel cells are arranged in a hexagonal grid allowing the use of three independent output directions to reduce reconstruction ambiguities. The new concept uses the same signal shifting mechanism for time encoding, however, in dedicated transfer lines on the periphery of the detector, which enables higher shifting frequencies. Detailed Monte Carlo simulations of full size pixel matrices including hit and BG generation, signal generation, and data reconstruction show that by means of multiple signal transfer lines on the periphery the pixel can be made smaller (higher resolution), the number of output channels and the data volume per triggered event can be reduced dramatically, fake hit reconstruction is lowered to a minimum and the resulting effective occupancies are less than 10-4. A prototype detector has been designed in the AMS 0.35μm Opto process and is currently under fabrication.

  15. Large drift tube arrays with external delay line readout

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    The construction and performance of 2 meter long, 5 cm diameter, circular drift tubes made of 1 mm thick bakelite paper coated inside with conductive paint. The longitudinal coordinate is read-out with an external delay line system. The measured spatial resolution obtained from the drift time is close to 180 μm (one standard deviation). A system of 1100 tubes has been built for a muon experiment

  16. CCD Readout Electronics for the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph

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    Hope, Stephen C.; Gunn, James E.; Loomis, Craig P.; Fitzgerald, Roger E.; Peacock, Grant O.

    2014-01-01

    We present details of the design for the CCD readout electronics for the Subaru Telescope Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS). The spectrograph is comprised of four identical spectrograph modules, each collecting roughly 600 spectra. The spectrograph modules provide simultaneous wavelength coverage over the entire band from 380 nm to 1260 nm through the use of three separate optical channels: blue, red, and near infrared (NIR). A camera in each channel images the multi-object spectra onto a 4k x 4...

  17. NIKEL_AMC: Readout electronics for the NIKA2 experiment

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    Bourrion, O; Bouly, J L; Bouvier, J; Bosson, G; Calvo, M; Catalano, A; Goupy, J; Li, C; Macías-Pérez, J F; Monfardini, A; Tourres, D; Ponchant, N; Vescovi, C

    2016-01-01

    The New Iram Kid Arrays-2 (NIKA2) instrument, dedicated to mm-wave astronomy, uses microwave kinetic inductance detectors (KID) as sensors. The three arrays installed in the camera feature a total of 3300 KID. To instrument these detectors, a specifically designed electronics, composed of 20 readout boards and hosted in three microTCA crates, has been developed. The implemented solution and the achieved performances are presented in this paper.

  18. 3D, Flash, Induced Current Readout for Silicon Sensors

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    Parker, Sherwood I.

    2014-06-07

    A new method for silicon microstrip and pixel detector readout using (1) 65 nm-technology current amplifers which can, for the first time with silicon microstrop and pixel detectors, have response times far shorter than the charge collection time (2) 3D trench electrodes large enough to subtend a reasonable solid angle at most track locations and so have adequate sensitivity over a substantial volume of pixel, (3) induced signals in addition to, or in place of, collected charge

  19. Digital pixel readout integrated circuit architectures for LWIR

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    Shafique, Atia; Yazıcı, Melik; Yazici, Melik; Kayahan, Hüseyin; Kayahan, Huseyin; Ceylan, Ömer; Ceylan, Omer; Gürbüz, Yaşar; Gurbuz, Yasar

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents and discusses digital pixel readout integrated circuit architectures for long wavelength infrared (LWIR) in CMOS technology. Presented architectures are designed for scanning and staring arrays type detectors respectively. For scanning arrays, digital time delay integration (TDI) is implemented on 8 pixels with sampling rate up to 3 using CMOS 180nm technology. Input referred noise of ROIC is below 750 rms electron meanwhile power dissipation is appreciably under 30mW. ROI...

  20. The realization of VME readout system based on embedded linux

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    This article describes how to realize the Embedded linux on the VMEbus controller, PowerPC. The first port, it introduces the system hardware, data process flow, and test method. And then, it describes key technologies in the process of realization-the realization of VME read and write, interrupt, DMA drivers. Finally, it analyses the test results. The system can be used to test board based on VME bus and readout data. (authors)

  1. ADVANCED READOUT ELECTRONICS FOR MULTIELEMENT CdZnTe SENSORS.

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    DE GERONIMO,G.; O CONNOR,P.; KANDASAMY,A.; GROSHOLZ,J.

    2002-07-08

    A generation of high performance front-end and read-out ASICs customized for highly segmented CdZnTe sensors is presented. The ASICs, developed in a multi-year effort at Brookhaven National Laboratory, are targeted to a wide range of applications including medical, safeguards/security, industrial, research, and spectroscopy. The front-end multichannel ASICs provide high accuracy low noise preamplification and filtering of signals, with versions for small and large area CdZnTe elements. They implement a high order unipolar or bipolar shaper, an innovative low noise continuous reset system with self-adapting capability to the wide range of detector leakage currents, a new system for stabilizing the output baseline and high output driving capability. The general-purpose versions include programmable gain and peaking time. The read-out multichannel ASICs provide fully data driven high accuracy amplitude and time measurements, multiplexing and time domain derandomization of the shaped pulses. They implement a fast arbitration scheme and an array of innovative two-phase offset-free rail-to-rail analog peak detectors for buffering and absorption of input rate fluctuations, thus greatly relaxing the rate requirement on the external ADC. Pulse amplitude, hit timing, pulse risetime, and channel address per processed pulse are available at the output in correspondence of an external readout request. Prototype chips have been fabricated in 0.5 and 0.35 {micro}m CMOS and tested. Design concepts and experimental results are discussed.

  2. Readout of TESs and MCCs with SQUID current sensors

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    Transition-Edge Sensors (TESs) and Magnetically Coupled Calorimeters (MCCs) are two categories of low-temperature, low-impedance radiation detectors, that have the potential to significantly improve a variety of photon-sensing applications. For example, TES and MCC detectors and systems are under development to detect single THz photons, to enable the measurement of photon number states at telecom wavelengths with very high quantum efficiency or for high-resolution X-ray and gamma ray spectrometers. Owing to their excellent sensitivity and dynamic performance as well as their compatibility with the low operating temperatures, current sensors based upon Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) are ubiquitously used to read out TESs and MCCs. The required SQUID performance in terms of input referred current noise, dynamic range, bandwidth, acceptable power dissipation and potential back-action can vary substantially for different TES or MCC detectors. Consequently, suitable SQUID current sensors need to be adapted to the readout configuration at hand. Ground- and satellite-based astronomy instruments that use thousands of TES pixels set particularly stringent requirements on the detector readout and require SQUID-based multiplexers. This contribution reviews concepts and performance of state-of-the-art SQUID current sensors for single TES and MCC readout as well as SQUID multiplexing techniques.

  3. High frame rate measurements of semiconductor pixel detector readout IC

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    We report on high count rate and high frame rate measurements of a prototype IC named FPDR90, designed for readouts of hybrid pixel semiconductor detectors used for X-ray imaging applications. The FPDR90 is constructed in 90 nm CMOS technology and has dimensions of 4 mm×4 mm. Its main part is a matrix of 40×32 pixels with 100 μm×100 μm pixel size. The chip works in the single photon counting mode with two discriminators and two 16-bit ripple counters per pixel. The count rate per pixel depends on the effective CSA feedback resistance and can be set up to 6 Mcps. The FPDR90 can operate in the continuous readout mode, with zero dead time. Due to the architecture of digital blocks in pixel, one can select the number of bits read out from each counter from 1 to 16. Because in the FPDR90 prototype only one data output is available, the frame rate is 9 kfps and 72 kfps for 16 bits and 1 bit readout, respectively (with nominal clock frequency of 200 MHz).

  4. CCD Readout Electronics for the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph

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    Hope, Stephen C; Loomis, Craig P; Fitzgerald, Roger E; Peacock, Grant O

    2014-01-01

    We present details of the design for the CCD readout electronics for the Subaru Telescope Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS). The spectrograph is comprised of four identical spectrograph modules, each collecting roughly 600 spectra. The spectrograph modules provide simultaneous wavelength coverage over the entire band from 380 nm to 1260 nm through the use of three separate optical channels: blue, red, and near infrared (NIR). A camera in each channel images the multi-object spectra onto a 4k x 4k, 15 um pixel, detector format. The two visible cameras use a pair of Hamamatsu 2k x 4k CCDs with readout provided by custom electronics, while the NIR camera uses a single Teledyne HgCdTe 4k x 4k detector and ASIC Sidecar to read the device. The CCD readout system is a custom design comprised of three electrical subsystems: the Back End Electronics (BEE), the Front End Electronics (FEE), and a Pre-amplifier. The BEE is an off-the-shelf PC104 computer, with an auxiliary Xilinx FPGA module. The computer serves as the main...

  5. Demonstration of high-speed multi-user multi-carrier CDMA visible light communication

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    Yang, Chao; Wang, Yuanquan; Wang, Yiguang; Huang, Xingxing; Chi, Nan

    2015-02-01

    We experimentally demonstrated a high-speed multi-user multi-carrier code-division multiple access (MC-CDMA) visible light communication (VLC) system. By employing a commercially available red light emitting diode (LED) and an avalanche photo diode (APD), we achieved a 16-user VLC system enabled by MC-CDMA, pre- and post-equalization, with an overall bit rate of 750 Mb/s over 1.5 m free-space transmission. The measured bit error ratio (BER) of each user is below the 7% pre-forward-error-correction (pre-FEC) threshold of 3.8×10-3.

  6. Flexible readout and integration sensor (FRIS): a bio-inspired, system-on-chip, event-based readout architecture

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    Lin, Joseph H.; Pouliquen, Philippe O.; Andreou, Andreas G.; Goldberg, Arnold C.; Rizk, Charbel G.

    2012-06-01

    We present a bio-inspired system-on-chip focal plane readout architecture which at the system level, relies on an event based sampling scheme where only pixels within a programmable range of photon flux rates are output. At the pixel level, a one bit oversampled analog-to-digital converter together with a decimator allows for the quantization of signals up to 26 bits. Furthermore, digital non-uniformity correction of both gain and offset errors is applied at the pixel level prior to readout. We report test results for a prototype array fabricated in a standard 90nm CMOS process. Tests performed at room and cryogenic temperatures demonstrate the capability to operate at a temporal noise ratio as low as 1.5, an electron well capacity over 100Ge-, and an ADC LSB down to 1e-.

  7. Compact pulse width modulation circuitry for silicon photomultiplier readout

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    The adoption of solid-state photodetectors for positron emission tomography (PET) system design and the interest in 3D interaction information from PET detectors has lead to an increasing number of readout channels in PET systems. To handle these additional readout channels, PET readout electronics should be simplified to reduce the power consumption, cost, and size of the electronics for a single channel. Pulse-width modulation (PWM), where detector pulses are converted to digital pulses with width proportional to the detected photon energy, promises to simplify PET readout by converting the signals to digital form at the beginning of the processing chain, and allowing a single time-to-digital converter to perform the data acquisition for many channels rather than routing many analogue channels and digitizing in the back end. Integrator based PWM systems, also known as charge-to-time converters (QTCs), are especially compact, reducing the front-end electronics to an op-amp integrator with a resistor discharge, and a comparator. QTCs, however, have a long dead-time during which dark count noise is integrated, reducing the output signal-to-noise ratio. This work presents a QTC based PWM circuit with a gated integrator that shows performance improvements over existing QTC based PWM. By opening and closing an analogue switch on the input of the integrator, the circuit can be controlled to integrate only the portions of the signal with a high signal-to-noise ratio. It also allows for multiplexing different detectors into the same PWM circuit while avoiding uncorrelated noise propagation between photodetector channels. Four gated integrator PWM circuits were built to readout the spatial channels of two position sensitive solid-state photomultiplier (PS-SSPM). Results show a 4 × 4 array 0.9 mm × 0.9 mm × 15 mm of LYSO crystals being identified on the 5 mm × 5 mm PS-SSPM at room temperature with no degradation for twofold multiplexing. In principle, much larger

  8. Compact pulse width modulation circuitry for silicon photomultiplier readout

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    Bieniosek, M. F.; Olcott, P. D.; Levin, C. S.

    2013-08-01

    The adoption of solid-state photodetectors for positron emission tomography (PET) system design and the interest in 3D interaction information from PET detectors has lead to an increasing number of readout channels in PET systems. To handle these additional readout channels, PET readout electronics should be simplified to reduce the power consumption, cost, and size of the electronics for a single channel. Pulse-width modulation (PWM), where detector pulses are converted to digital pulses with width proportional to the detected photon energy, promises to simplify PET readout by converting the signals to digital form at the beginning of the processing chain, and allowing a single time-to-digital converter to perform the data acquisition for many channels rather than routing many analogue channels and digitizing in the back end. Integrator based PWM systems, also known as charge-to-time converters (QTCs), are especially compact, reducing the front-end electronics to an op-amp integrator with a resistor discharge, and a comparator. QTCs, however, have a long dead-time during which dark count noise is integrated, reducing the output signal-to-noise ratio. This work presents a QTC based PWM circuit with a gated integrator that shows performance improvements over existing QTC based PWM. By opening and closing an analogue switch on the input of the integrator, the circuit can be controlled to integrate only the portions of the signal with a high signal-to-noise ratio. It also allows for multiplexing different detectors into the same PWM circuit while avoiding uncorrelated noise propagation between photodetector channels. Four gated integrator PWM circuits were built to readout the spatial channels of two position sensitive solid-state photomultiplier (PS-SSPM). Results show a 4 × 4 array 0.9 mm × 0.9 mm × 15 mm of LYSO crystals being identified on the 5 mm × 5 mm PS-SSPM at room temperature with no degradation for twofold multiplexing. In principle, much larger

  9. Compact pulse width modulation circuitry for silicon photomultiplier readout.

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    Bieniosek, M F; Olcott, P D; Levin, C S

    2013-08-01

    The adoption of solid-state photodetectors for positron emission tomography (PET) system design and the interest in 3D interaction information from PET detectors has lead to an increasing number of readout channels in PET systems. To handle these additional readout channels, PET readout electronics should be simplified to reduce the power consumption, cost, and size of the electronics for a single channel. Pulse-width modulation (PWM), where detector pulses are converted to digital pulses with width proportional to the detected photon energy, promises to simplify PET readout by converting the signals to digital form at the beginning of the processing chain, and allowing a single time-to-digital converter to perform the data acquisition for many channels rather than routing many analogue channels and digitizing in the back end. Integrator based PWM systems, also known as charge-to-time converters (QTCs), are especially compact, reducing the front-end electronics to an op-amp integrator with a resistor discharge, and a comparator. QTCs, however, have a long dead-time during which dark count noise is integrated, reducing the output signal-to-noise ratio. This work presents a QTC based PWM circuit with a gated integrator that shows performance improvements over existing QTC based PWM. By opening and closing an analogue switch on the input of the integrator, the circuit can be controlled to integrate only the portions of the signal with a high signal-to-noise ratio. It also allows for multiplexing different detectors into the same PWM circuit while avoiding uncorrelated noise propagation between photodetector channels. Four gated integrator PWM circuits were built to readout the spatial channels of two position sensitive solid-state photomultiplier (PS-SSPM). Results show a 4 × 4 array 0.9 mm × 0.9 mm × 15 mm of LYSO crystals being identified on the 5 mm × 5 mm PS-SSPM at room temperature with no degradation for twofold multiplexing. In principle, much larger

  10. Characterisation of low power readout electronics for a UV microchannel plate detector with cross-strip readout

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    Pfeifer, M.; Barnstedt, J.; Diebold, S.; Hermanutz, S.; Kalkuhl, C.; Kappelmann, N.; Schanz, T.; Schütze, B.; Werner, K.

    2014-07-01

    Astronomical observations in the ultraviolet (UV) wavelength range between 91 and 300nm are fundamental for the progress in astrophysics. Scientific success of future UV observatories raises the need for technology development in the areas of detectors, optical components, and their coatings. We develop solar blind and photon counting microchannel plate (MCP) UV detectors as a contribution to the progress in UV observation technology. New combinations of materials for the photocathode (see paper No. 9144-111, this volume, for details) as well as a cross-strip (XS) anode, having 64 strips on each layer, are used. Pre-amplification of the charge deposited onto the anode is performed by the Beetle chip designed at the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg for LHCb at CERN. It features 128 pre-amplifiers on one die and provides the analogue output in a four-fold serial stream. This stream is digitised by only four ADCs and is processed in an FPGA. This concept results in a reduced power consumption well below 10W as well as a reduced volume, weight and complexity of the readout electronics compared to existing cross-strip readouts. We developed an electronics prototype assembly and a setup in a vacuum chamber that is similar to the configuration in the final detector. The setup in the chamber is used for the burn-in of the MCPs as well as for tests of the readout electronics prototype assembly incorporating realistic signals. In this paper, information on the XS anodes as well as on the hybrid PCB carrying the Beetle pre-amplifier chip is shown. Details on the readout electronics design as well as details of the setup in the vacuum chamber are presented. An outlook to the next steps in the development process is given.

  11. Optomechanical light storage in a silica microresonator

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    Fiore, Victor; Kuzyk, Mark C; Wang, Hailin

    2013-01-01

    Coherent inter-conversion between an optical and a mechanical excitation in an optomechanical resonator can be used for the storage of an optical pulse as an excitation in a mechanical oscillator. This optomechanical light storage is enabled by external writing and readout pulses at one mechanical frequency below the optical resonance. In this paper, we expand an earlier experimental study [Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 133601 (2011)] on storing an optical pulse as a radial breathing mode in a silica microsphere. We show that the heterodyne beating between a readout pulse and the corresponding retrieved pulse features a periodic oscillation with a well-defined phase and with the beating period given by the mechanical frequency, demonstrating directly the coherent nature of the light storage process. The coherent inter-conversion accelerates with increasing optomechanical coupling rates, providing an effective mechanism for tailoring the temporal profile of the retrieved pulse. Experimental studies on both light stora...

  12. Laser Ranging System Based on 4-element APD Arrays%基于4元APD阵列的激光测距技术研究

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    寇松峰; 陈钱; 顾国华; 季尔优

    2008-01-01

    提出了一种基于盖革模式(Geiger mode)下雪崩二极管(APD)阵列作为接收器件的激光测距新技术.盖革模式下的APD阵列具有单光子探测能力,能够对微弱的激光回波信号实现探测,并能够实现高精度的起始点判别,从而准确地确定激光飞行时间,最终计算出目标距离.实验结果证明相比传统的测距技术,新的测距技术可以实现低激光发射功率下的高精度,远距离测距,为激光测距技术的发展提供了一条新思路.

  13. GaN基APD日盲紫外探测器读出电路设计%ROIC Design for Visible-Blind Ultraviolet GaN APD

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    吴海峰; 翟宪振; 罗向东

    2013-01-01

    基于GaN基APD(雪崩二极管)日盲紫外探测器工作原理,我们设计了GaN-APD日盲紫外探测器的读出电路(ROIC).考虑到GaN-APD日盲紫外探测器的特性,我们重点研究了80 V高压击穿保护电路、暗电流消除电路以及为CTIA运放电路的电流偏置电路和带隙基准电路.在此基础上,我们设计了1×8的电路并进行了仿真验证,读出电路耐高压不小于80 V,当积分电容为4 pF,积分时间为25 μs,时钟频率为100 kHz的时候,电路的电荷存储能力为5.6× 107个,输出电压摆幅在0~2.25 V,读出电路的输出电压线性度不低于99%.

  14. An instrumentation amplifier based readout circuit for a dual element microbolometer infrared detector

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    de Waal, D. J.; Schoeman, J.

    2014-06-01

    The infrared band is widely used in many applications to solve problems stretching over very diverse fields, ranging from medical applications like inflammation detection to military, security and safety applications employing thermal imaging in low light conditions. At the heart of these optoelectrical systems lies a sensor used to detect incident infrared radiation, and in the case of this work our focus is on uncooled microbolometers as thermal detectors. Microbolometer based thermal detectors are limited in sensitivity by various parameters, including the detector layout and design, operating temperature, air pressure and biasing that causes self heating. Traditional microbolometers use the entire membrane surface for a single detector material. This work presents the design of a readout circuit amplifier where a dual detector element microbolometer is used, rather than the traditional single element. The concept to be investigated is based on the principle that both elements will be stimulated with a similar incoming IR signal and experience the same resistive change, thus creating a common mode signal. However, such a common mode signal will be rejected by a differential amplifier, thus one element is placed within a negative resistance converter to create a differential mode signal that is twice the magnitude of the comparable single mode signal of traditional detector designs. An instrumentation amplifier is used for the final stage of the readout amplifier circuit, as it allows for very high common mode rejection with proper trimming of the Wheatstone bridge to compensate for manufacturing tolerance. It was found that by implementing the above, improved sensitivity can be achieved.

  15. Deign and implementation of simplified readout circuits for multi-anode position-sensitive photomultiplier tubes

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    The multi-anode position sensitive photomultiplier tube (PSPMT) has been used for the development of high-resolution γ camera module. This study is aimed to investigate the simplified readout design for the multi-anode flat panel PSPMT. Based on the Hamamatsu H 8500 PSPMT with 64 multi-anodes, we designed and developed two simplified readout circuits, discretized positioning circuit (DPC) and symmetric charge division circuit (SCDC). The truncated Center-of-gravity(TCOG) positioning method was used to optimize the readout signal processing and then further reduce the readout channels by a resistor chain. The preliminary results show that the SCDC readout with the TCOG could significantly reduce the non-linearity of positioning and improve the effective field-of-view of the detector by about 20% as compared to the DPC readout. (authors)

  16. Read-out and calibration of a tile calorimeter for ATLAS

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    The read-out and calibration of scintillating tiles hadronic calorimeter for ATLAS is discussed. Tests with prototypes of FERMI, a system of read-out electronics based on a dynamic range compressor reducing the dynamic range from 16 to 10 bits and a 40 MHz 10 bits sampling ADC, are presented. In comparison with a standard charge integrating read-out improvements in the resolution of 1% in the constant term are obtained

  17. Comparisons of the MINOS near and far detector readout systems at a test beam

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    Cabrera, A; Adamson, P.; Barker, M.; Belias, A.; Boyd, S.; Crone, G.; Drake, G.; Falk, E; Harris, P. G.; Hartnell, J.; Jenner, L.; Kordosky, M.; Lang, K.; Litchfield, R. P.; Michael, D.

    2009-01-01

    MINOS is a long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment that uses two detectors separated by 734 km. The readout systems used for the two detectors are different and have to be independently calibrated. To verify and make a direct comparison of the calibrated response of the two readout systems, test beam data were acquired using a smaller calibration detector. This detector was simultaneously instrumented with both readout systems and exposed to the CERN PS T7 test beam. Differe...

  18. A new concept of multiplexed optical transmission readout scheme for a silicon strip detector

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    We have been proposing a new concept of multiplexed optical-transmission readout of a factor of 1000 reduction in the number of cables, yet individually readout. A wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) transmission system using optical devices is described which has possible application to a detector with an enormous number of readout channels (larger than 5 million) e.g. the Silicon(Si) micro(p)-strip detector of SDC, or in high energy physics experiments in the near-future

  19. A New Readout Control System for the LHCb Upgrade at CERN

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    Alessio, Federico

    2012-01-01

    The at LHCb experiment CERN has proposed an upgrade towards a full 40 MHz readout system in order to run between five and ten times its initial design luminosity. The various sub-systems in the readout architecture will need to be upgraded in order to cope with higher sub-detector occupancies, higher rate and higher readout load. In this paper, we describe the new architecture, the new functionalities and the first hardware implementation of the new LHCb Readout Control system (S-TFC) for the upgraded LHCb experiment, together with first results on the validation of the system.

  20. First performance results of the ALICE TPC Readout Control Unit 2

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    Zhao, C.; Alme, J.; Alt, T.; Appelshäuser, H.; Bratrud, L.; Castro, A.; Costa, F.; David, E.; Gunji, T.; Kirsch, S.; Kiss, T.; Langøy, R.; Lien, J.; Lippmann, C.; Oskarsson, A.; Rehman, A. Ur; Røed, K.; Röhrich, D.; Sekiguchi, Y.; Stuart, M.; Ullaland, K.; Velure, A.; Yang, S.; Österman, L.

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents the first performance results of the ALICE TPC Readout Control Unit 2 (RCU2). With the upgraded hardware typology and the new readout scheme in FPGA design, the RCU2 is designed to achieve twice the readout speed of the present Readout Control Unit. Design choices such as using the flash-based Microsemi Smartfusion2 FPGA and applying mitigation techniques in interfaces and FPGA design ensure a high degree of radiation tolerance. This paper presents the system level irradiation test results as well as the first commissioning results of the RCU2. Furthermore, it will be concluded with a discussion of the planned updates in firmware.

  1. Study and optimization of the spatial resolution for detectors with binary readout

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    Yonamine, Ryo; De Lentdecker, Gilles

    2016-01-01

    Using simulations and analytical approaches, we have studied single hit resolutions obtained with a binary readout, which is often proposed for high granularity detectors to reduce the generated data volume. Our simulations considering several parameters (e.g. strip pitch) show that the detector geometry and an electronics parameter of the binary readout chips could be optimized for binary readout to offer an equivalent spatial resolution to the one with an analogue readout. To understand the behavior as a function of simulation parameters, we developed analytical models that reproduce simulation results with a few parameters. The models can be used to optimize detector designs and operation conditions with regard to the spatial resolution.

  2. Flux modulation scheme for direct current SQUID readout revisited

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    Hong, Tao; Wang, Hai; Zhang, Yi; Krause, Hans-Joachim; Braginski, Alex I.; Xie, Xiaoming; Offenhäusser, Andreas; Jiang, Mianheng

    2016-02-01

    The flux modulation scheme (FMS) is the standard readout technique of dc SQUIDs, where a step-up transformer links the SQUID to the preamplifier. The transformer's primary winding shunts the SQUID via a large capacitor while the secondary winding connects it to the preamplifier. A modulation flux having a frequency of typically 100 kHz generates an ac voltage across the SQUID, stepped up by the transformer. The SQUID with FMS is customarily operated in the current bias mode, because a constant dc bias current flows only through the SQUID due to the capacitor isolation. With FMS, however, the transformer ac shunts the SQUID so that in reality the operating mode is neither purely current-biased nor voltage-biased but rather nominal current-biased or "mixed biased." Our objective is to experimentally investigate the consequences of ac shunting of the dc SQUID in FMS and the transformer's transfer characteristics. For different shunt values we measure the change in the SQUID bias current due to the ac shunt using another SQUID in the two-stage readout scheme, and simultaneously monitor the SQUID output voltage signal. We then explain our measurements by a simplified graphic analysis of SQUID intrinsic current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. Since the total current flowing through the SQUID is not constant due to the shunting effect of the transformer, the amplitude of SQUID flux-to-voltage characteristics V(Φ) is less as compared to the direct readout scheme (DRS). Furthermore, we analyze and compare V(Φ) obtained by DRS and FMS. We show that in FMS, the transfer characteristics of the SQUID circuit also depend on the isolation capacitance and the dynamic resistance of the SQUID.

  3. Performance of the CAMEX64 silicon strip readout chip

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    The CAMEX64 is a 64 channel full custom CMOS chip designed specifically for the readout of silicon strip detectors. CAMEX which stands for CMOS Multichannel Analog MultiplEXer for Silicon Strip Detectors was designed by members of the Franhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems and the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics. Each CAMEX channel has a switched capacitor charge sensitive amplifier with 4 sampling capacitors and a multiplexing scheme for reading out each of the channels on an analog bus. The device uses multiple sampling capacitors to filter and reduce input noise. Filtering is controlled through sampling techniques using external clocks. The device operates in a double correlated sampling mode and therefore cannot separate detector leakage current from a charge input. Normal operation of this device is similar to all other silicon readout chips designed and built thus far in that there is a data acquisition cycle during which charge is simultaneously accepted on all channels for a short period of time from a detector array, followed by a readout cycle where that charge or hit information is read out. This device works especially well for colliding beam experiments where the time of charge arrival is accurately known. However it can be used in fixed target or asynchronous mode where the time of charge arrival is not well known. In the asynchronous mode it appears that gain is somewhat dependent on the time interval required to decide whether or not to accept charge input information and thus the maximum signal to noise performance found with the synchronous mode may not be achieved in the asynchronous mode. 18 figs., 5 tabs

  4. HARP: high-pressure argon readout for calorimeters

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    Steel tubes of approximately 8 mm O.D., filled with Argon gas to approx. 200 bar, are considered as the active element for a charge collecting sampling calorimeter readout system. The tubes are permanently sealed and operated in the ion chamber mode, with the charge collection on a one-millimeter concentric anode. We present the motivation for such a device, including Monte Carlo predictions of performance. The method of construction and signal collection are discussed, with initial results on leakage and ageing of the filling gas. A prototype electromagnetic calorimeter is described

  5. Readout and processing devices for picosecond streak cameras

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    The use of streak cameras in laboratories working on Laser Fusion is still too often limited by the long procedure required for film processing before delivering an useful diagnostic. Here we present different ways (vacuum low level TV tube, linear solid state array of photodiodes) developed in our laboratory to readout the images of streak cameras. They provide time resolution in the 10 ps range, with one to 32 spatial channels and may be interfaced with the computer data acquisition system now used in Limeil

  6. Low Noise Readout Circuit for Biosensor SoC

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    PAN Yin-song; KONG Mou-fu; LI Xiang-quan; WANG Li

    2008-01-01

    Presented is a low noise interface circuit that is tuned to the needs of self-assembly monolayers biosensor SoC. The correlated double sampling(CDS) unit of the readout circuit can reduce 1/f noise, KTC noise and fixed noise of micro arrays effectively. The circuit is simulated in a 0.6 μm/level 7 standard CMOS process, and the simulated results show the output voltage has a good linearity with the transducing current of the micro arrays. This is a novel circuit including four amplifiers sharing a common half-circuit and the noise reducing CDS unit. It could be widely used for micro array biosensors.

  7. FELIX: the detector readout upgrade of the ATLAS experiment

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    Ryu, Soo; The ATLAS collaboration

    2015-01-01

    After the Phase-I upgrade and onward, the Front-End Link eXchange(FELIX) system will be the interface between the readout system and the detector front-end electronics and trigger electronics at the ATLAS experiment. FELIX will function as a gateway to a commodity switched network which will use standard technologies (Ethernet or Infiniband) to communicate with data collecting and processing components. In this talk the system architecture of FELIX will be described and the testing results of the FELIX demonstrator will be presented

  8. Trigger and readout electronics for the STEREO experiment

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    Bourrion, O; Bouvier, J; Vescovi, C; Bosson, G; Helaine, V; Lamblin, J; Li, C; Montanet, F; Real, J S; Salagnac, T; Ponchant, N; Stutz, A; Tourres, D; Zsoldos, S

    2015-01-01

    The STEREO experiment will search for a sterile neutrino by measuring the anti-neutrino energy spectrum as a function of the distance from the source, the ILL nuclear reactor. A dedicated electronic, hosted in a single microTCA crate, was designed for this experiment. It performs triggering in two stages with various selectable conditions, processing and readout via UDP/IPBUS on 68 photomultiplier signals continuously digitized at 250 MSPS. Additionally, for detector performance monitoring, the electronics allow on-line calibration by driving LED synchronously with the data acquisition. This paper describes the electronics requirements, architecture and the performances achieved.

  9. 4-Channel readout ASIC for MaPMT

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    MaPMTs is widely used, but conventional PCB circuits can not satisfy their demands because of the defects of large volume, high power dissipation and noise. The 4-channel readout ASIC for MaPMT is designed for solving these problems with 0.35 μm CMOS technology. The circuit is composed of Pre-Amp, gain adjusting, and CR-RC shaper with Pole-zero cancling. The test results show power dissipation is 66 mW; gain 62.2 mV/pC; dynamic range 13 pC, INL=1.5%; SNR=9.1. The performances meet design requires. (authors)

  10. A new electronic read-out for the YAPPET scanner

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    Damiani, C; Malaguti, R; Guerra, A D; Domenico, G D; Zavattini, G

    2002-01-01

    A small animal PET-SPECT scanner (YAPPET) prototype was built at the Physics Department of the Ferrara University and is presently being used at the Nuclear Medicine Department for radiopharmaceutical studies on rats. The first YAPPET prototype shows very good performances, but needs some improvements before it can be fully used for intensive radiopharmaceutical research. The main problem of the actual prototype is its heavy electronics, based on NIM and CAMAC standard modules. For this reason a new, compact read-out electronics was developed and tested. The results of a first series of tests made on the first prototype will be presented in the paper.

  11. The STAR Heavy Flavor Tracker PXL detector readout electronics

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    Schambach, J.; Contin, G.; Greiner, L.; Stezelberger, T.; Sun, X.; Szelezniak, M.; Vu, C.

    2016-01-01

    The Heavy Flavor Tracker (HFT) is a recently installed micro-vertex detector upgrade to the STAR experiment at RHIC, consisting of three subsystems with various technologies of silicon sensors arranged in 4 concentric cylinders. The two innermost layers of the HFT close to the beam pipe, the Pixel ("PXL") subsystem, employ CMOS Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor (MAPS) technology that integrate the sensor, front-end electronics, and zero-suppression circuitry in one silicon die. This paper presents selected characteristics of the PXL detector part of the HFT and the hardware, firmware and software associated with the readout system for this detector.

  12. Trigger and readout electronics for the STEREO experiment

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    The STEREO experiment will search for a sterile neutrino by measuring the anti-neutrino energy spectrum as a function of the distance from the source, the ILL nuclear reactor. A dedicated electronic system, hosted in a single microTCA crate, was designed for this experiment. It performs triggering in two stages with various selectable conditions, processing and readout via UDP/IPBUS of 68 photomultiplier signals continuously digitized at 250 MSPS. Additionally, for detector performance monitoring, the electronics allow on-line calibration by driving LED synchronously with the data acquisition. This paper describes the electronics requirements, architecture and the performances achieved

  13. An Integrated Analog Readout for Multi-Frequency Bioimpedance Measurements

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    Kassanos, P.; Constantinou, L.; Triantis, I. F.; Demosthenous, A.

    2014-01-01

    Bioimpedance spectroscopy is used in a wide range of biomedical applications. This paper presents an integrated analog readout, which employs synchronous detection to perform galvanostatic multi-channel, multi-frequency bioimpedance measurements. The circuit was fabricated in a 0.35-μm CMOS technology and occupies an area of 1.52 mm2. The effect of random dc offsets is investigated, along with the use of chopping to minimize them. Impedance measurements of a known RC load and skin (using comm...

  14. Time-resolved qubit readout via nonlinear Josephson inductance

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    Reuther, Georg M; Haenggi, Peter [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Augsburg, Universitaetsstrasse 1, D-86135 Augsburg (Germany); Zueco, David [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon y Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Kohler, Sigmund, E-mail: georg.reuther@physik.uni-augsburg.de [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid, CSIC, Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2011-09-15

    We propose a generalization of dispersive qubit readout that provides the time evolution of a flux qubit observable. Our proposal relies on the nonlinear coupling of the qubit to a harmonic oscillator with high frequency, representing a dc superconducting quantum interference device. Information about the qubit dynamics is obtained by recording the oscillator response to resonant driving and subsequent lock-in detection. The measurement process is simulated for the example of coherent qubit oscillations. This corroborates the underlying measurement relation and also reveals that the measurement scheme possesses low backaction and high fidelity.

  15. CCD readout electronics for the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph

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    Hope, Stephen C.; Gunn, James E.; Loomis, Craig P.; Fitzgerald, Roger E.; Peacock, Grant O.

    2014-07-01

    The following paper details the design for the CCD readout electronics for the Subaru Telescope Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS). PFS is designed to gather spectra from 2394 objects simultaneously, covering wavelengths that extend from 380 nm to 1260 nm. The spectrograph is comprised of four identical spectrograph modules, each collecting roughly 600 spectra. The spectrograph modules provide simultaneous wavelength coverage over the entire band through the use of three separate optical channels: blue, red, and near infrared (NIR). A camera in each channel images the multi-object spectra onto a 4k × 4k, 15 μm pixel, detector format. The two visible cameras use a pair of Hamamatsu 2k × 4k CCDs with readout provided by custom electronics, while the NIR camera uses a single Teledyne HgCdTe 4k × 4k detector and Teledyne's ASIC Sidecar to read the device. The CCD readout system is a custom design comprised of three electrical subsystems - the Back End Electronics (BEE), the Front End Electronics (FEE), and a Pre-amplifier. The BEE is an off-the-shelf PC104 computer, with an auxiliary Xilinx FPGA module. The computer serves as the main interface to the Subaru messaging hub and controls other peripheral devices associated with the camera, while the FPGA is used to generate the necessary clocks and transfer image data from the CCDs. The FEE board sets clock biases, substrate bias, and CDS offsets. It also monitors bias voltages, offset voltages, power rail voltage, substrate voltage and CCD temperature. The board translates LVDS clock signals to biased clocks and returns digitized analog data via LVDS. Monitoring and control messages are sent from the BEE to the FEE using a standard serial interface. The Pre-amplifier board resides behind the detectors and acts as an interface to the two Hamamatsu CCDs. The Pre-amplifier passes clocks and biases to the CCDs, and analog CCD data is buffered and amplified prior to being returned to the FEE. In this paper we describe the

  16. A new electronic read-out for the YAPPET scanner

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    A small animal PET-SPECT scanner (YAPPET) prototype was built at the Physics Department of the Ferrara University and is presently being used at the Nuclear Medicine Department for radiopharmaceutical studies on rats. The first YAPPET prototype shows very good performances, but needs some improvements before it can be fully used for intensive radiopharmaceutical research. The main problem of the actual prototype is its heavy electronics, based on NIM and CAMAC standard modules. For this reason a new, compact read-out electronics was developed and tested. The results of a first series of tests made on the first prototype will be presented in the paper

  17. An ASIC design for PMT front-end readout

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    An ASIC of 5 channels is designed for PMT front-end readout, in Chartered 0.35 μm 2P4M COMS technology. Each channel integrates preamplifier, slow shaper, fast shaper and discriminator. The gain of pre-amp is adjustable and the time constant of slow shaper can be set to be 25 ns, 50 ns and 100 ns. The chip is used for experiments of dark mAtter detecting (HEGARD)[1]. The results of simulation show it has good dynamic range (14 bits), good linearity (1%) and good noise performAnce (<1/10 p.e.). (authors)

  18. Analysis of the readout of a high rate MWPC

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    An analytical method to reduce the raw data supplied by a high-speed multiwire proportional chamber (MWPC) is presented. The results obtained with the MWPC and the associated readout system, LeCroy PCOS III, when monitoring a high-intensity flux of positive pions delivered by the M11 channel at TRIUMF are discussed. The method allows the flux intensity, the beam envelope and the detector efficiency to be determined with little uncertainty (few %) at intense particle beam (>107 particles/s). (orig.)

  19. Drift chamber readout system of the DIRAC experiment

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    Afanasiev, L G

    2002-01-01

    A drift chamber readout system of the DIRAC experiment at CERN is presented. The system is intended to read out the signals from planar chambers operating in a high current mode. The sense wire signals are digitized in the 16-channel time-to-digital converter boards which are plugged in the signal plane connectors. This design results in a reduced number of modules, a small number of cables and high noise immunity. The system has been successfully operating in the experiment since 1999.

  20. Halogen-bridged metal-organic frameworks constructed from bipyridinium-based ligand: structures, photochromism and non-destructive readout luminescence switching.

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    Yang, Xiao-Dong; Chen, Cheng; Zhang, Ya-Jun; Cai, Li-Xuan; Tan, Bin; Zhang, Jie

    2016-03-21

    Two isomorphous halogen-bridged metal-organic frameworks have been solvothermally synthesized based on the bipyridinium ligand and structurally characterized. The two compounds show an eye-detectable color development upon light irradiation, but different coloration degrees. The relationship between the structure and photosensitivity has been studied in detail. The photochromic properties of the bipyridinium unit have been used to modulate the luminescence under light illumination. Compound 1 is the first example showing photo-modulated luminescence switching featuring a non-destructive readout capability based on transition metals. PMID:26740121

  1. Preliminary Investigation of a Waveform Analysis with the WASA and the ACQIRIS Readout Electronics

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    Fabbri, R

    2013-01-01

    The Group for the development of neutron and gamma detectors in the Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA-2) at Forschungszentrum J\\"ulich (FZJ) is developing a fast Anger Camera prototype for improving the rejection of the gamma contamination during the detection of neutrons. The prototype is based on a scintillating plate for neutron capture and on the subsequent generation of scintillating light collected by a matrix of 4x4 vacuum Photomultipliers R268 by Hamamatsu. According to the impinging point position of the incoming neutrons the light is collected by different PMTs, and via dedicated algorithms the x and y coordinates can be calculated. In this note the WASA and ACQIRIS readout electronics are compared while performing a waveform analysis of the signals generated by using both an analogue pulse generator and an LED+PMT system. Different options of pre-amplifiers and amplifiers are considered, and the results are here presented and commented. At this stage of the prototype ...

  2. Performance of a hybrid photon detector prototype with electrostatic cross-focussing and integrated silicon Pixel readout for Cherenkov ring detection

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    Alemi, M; Bibby, J H; Campbell, M; Duane, A; Easo, S; Gys, Thierry; Halley, A W; Piedigrossi, D; Puertolas, D; Rosso, E; Simmons, B; Snoeys, W; Websdale, David M; Wotton, S A; Wyllie, Ken H

    1999-01-01

    We report on the first test beam performance of a hybrid photon detector prototype, using binary readout electronics, intended for use in the ring imaging Cherenkov detectors of the LHCb experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. The photon detector is based on a cross-focussed image intensifier tube geometry. The anode consists of a silicon pixel array bump-bonded to a binary readout chip with matching pixel electronics. The detector has been installed in a quarter-scale prototype vessel of the LHCb ring imaging Cherenkov system. Focussed ring images produced by 120 GeV/c negative pions traversing an air radiator have been recorded. The observed light yield and Cherenkov angle resolution are discussed.

  3. A new multi-grid type MSGC with pad readout

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    Recently, a new multi-grid type MSGC has been proposed. Between the anode and the cathode, additional grid strips are placed in this new type of MSGC. Gaps between these strips are chosen to be around 10 μm which assure efficient removal of surface charges which even do not need the lower surface resistivity and bare glass can be used up to 106 cps/mm2. Another feature of the MSGC is its high gain capability. Owing to the existence of other strips of lower potentials, the field strength around the opposing grid to the anode strip is not so high as conventional small gap detectors. Furthermore, the contribution of the surface streamer is greatly suppressed because the electric field parallel to the surface is screened by the intermediate grid electrodes. However, the existence of additional electrodes also screens all the electric field upper than the substrate and we cannot observe induced signals from backside of the substrate. To overcome the difficulty, we propose another signal readout method using patterning approach. Floating pads are placed close to the cathode strip on the surface of the M-MSGC and induced charges are read out via the pads. If the area of pads is sufficiently large and the positive charges are moving toward the pads, backside electrodes can sense the induced charge. Collected charges on the pads are leaked through the surface resistivity. The basic experiment has been performed and the readout of the position along the cathode strips is successfully ensured

  4. A continuous read-out TPC for the ALICE upgrade

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    Lippmann, C.

    2016-07-01

    The largest gaseous Time Projection Chamber (TPC) in the world, the ALICE TPC, will be upgraded based on Micro Pattern Gas Detector technology during the second long shutdown of the CERN Large Hadron Collider in 2018/19. The upgraded detector will operate continuously without the use of a triggered gating grid. It will thus be able to read all minimum bias Pb-Pb events that the LHC will deliver at the anticipated peak interaction rate of 50 kHz for the high luminosity heavy-ion era. New read-out electronics will send the continuous data stream to a new online farm at rates up to 1 TByte/s. A fractional ion feedback of below 1% is required to keep distortions due to space charge in the TPC drift volume at a tolerable level. The new read-out chambers will consist of quadruple stacks of Gas Electron Multipliers (GEM), combining GEM foils with a different hole pitch. Other key requirements such as energy resolution and operational stability have to be met as well. A careful optimisation of the performance in terms of all these parameters was achieved during an extensive R&D program. A working point well within the design specifications was identified with an ion backflow of 0.63%, a local energy resolution of 11.3% (sigma) and a discharge probability comparable to that of standard triple GEM detectors.

  5. Photodiode read-out of CsI (Tl) scintillators

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    The photodiode read-out of CsI(Tl) scintillator detectors up to a size of 100 cm3 was examined and developed further. In preparatory measurements with a combination of small crystals (≅ 3 cm3) and photodiodes with active surfaces of 1 cm2, γ spectra could be recorded, whose energy resolution (4.4% at 1.3 MeV) is not exceeded by any other scintillation detector. In order to improve the resolution when using CsI(Tl) crystals with a volume greater than 30 cm3, wavelength correctors were produced and tested. This target was not reached with the crystal dimensions used. Based on these measurements, one suspects that with even larger scintillators, one can expect an improvement of energy resolution compared to the direct read-out. It was also shown that it is possible, even at low energies (< 10 MeV) to identify γ radiation, neutrons and charged particles (p, d, t, α) by analysis of the time course of the photodiode signal. (orig./HP)

  6. Development and characterization of the readout system for POLARBEAR-2

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    Barron, D; Akiba, Y; Aleman, C; Arnold, K; Atlas, M; Bender, A; Borrill, J; Chapman, S; Chinone, Y; Cukierman, A; Dobbs, M; Elleflot, T; Errard, J; Fabbian, G; Feng, G; Gilbert, A; Halverson, N W; Hasegawa, M; Hattori, K; Hazumi, M; Holzapfel, W L; Hori, Y; Inoue, Y; Jaehnig, G C; Katayama, N; Keating, B; Kermish, Z; Keskitalo, R; Kisner, T; Jeune, M Le; Lee, A T; Matsuda, F; Matsumura, T; Morii, H; Myers, M J; Navaroli, M; Nishino, H; Okamura, T; Peloton, J; Rebeiz, G; Reichardt, C L; Richards, P L; Ross, C; Sholl, M; Siritanasak, P; Smecher, G; Stebor, N; Steinbach, B; Stompor, R; Suzuki, A; Suzuki, J; Takada, S; Takakura, S; Tomaru, T; Wilson, B; Yamaguchi, H; Zahn, O

    2014-01-01

    POLARBEAR-2 is a next-generation receiver for precision measurements of the polarization of the cosmic microwave background (Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB)). Scheduled to deploy in early 2015, it will observe alongside the existing POLARBEAR-1 receiver, on a new telescope in the Simons Array on Cerro Toco in the Atacama desert of Chile. For increased sensitivity, it will feature a larger area focal plane, with a total of 7,588 polarization sensitive antenna-coupled Transition Edge Sensor (TES) bolometers, with a design sensitivity of 4.1 uKrt(s). The focal plane will be cooled to 250 milliKelvin, and the bolometers will be read-out with 40x frequency domain multiplexing, with 36 optical bolometers on a single SQUID amplifier, along with 2 dark bolometers and 2 calibration resistors. To increase the multiplexing factor from 8x for POLARBEAR-1 to 40x for POLARBEAR-2 requires additional bandwidth for SQUID readout and well-defined frequency channel spacing. Extending to these higher frequencies requires new c...

  7. Low background signal readout electronics for the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR

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    The MAJORANA Collaboration will seek neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ) in 76Ge using isotopically enriched p-type point contact (PPC) high purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors. A tonne-scale array of HPGe detectors would require background levels below 1 count/ROI-tonne-year in the 4 keV region of interest (ROI) around the 2039 keV Q-value of the decay. In order to demonstrate the feasibility of such an experiment, the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR, a 40 kg HPGe detector array, is being constructed with a background goal of < 3 count/ROI-tonne-year, which is expected to scale down to < 1 count/ROI-tonne-year for a tonne-scale experiment. The signal readout electronics, which must be placed in close proximity to the detectors, present a challenge toward reaching this background goal. This talk will discuss the materials and design used to construct signal readout electronics with low enough backgrounds for the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR

  8. JPSS Science Data Services for the Direct Readout Community

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    Chander, G.; Lutz, R. J.

    2014-12-01

    The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) and Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) High Rate Data (HRD) link provides Direct Broadcast data to users in real-time, utilizing their own remote field terminals. The Field Terminal Support (FTS) provides the resources needed to support the Direct Readout communities by providing software, documentation, and periodic updates to enable them to produce data products from SNPP and JPSS. The FTS distribution server will also provide the necessary ancillary and auxiliary data needed for processing the broadcasts, as well as making orbital data available to assist in locating the satellites of interest. In addition, the FTS provides development support for the algorithm and software through GSFC Direct Readout Laboratory (DRL) International Polar Orbiter Processing Package (IPOPP) and University of Wisconsin (UWISC) Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP), to enable users to integrate the algorithms into their remote terminals. The support the JPSS Program provides to the institutions developing and maintaining these two software packages, will demonstrate the ability to produce ready-to-use products from the HRD link and provide risk reduction effort at a minimal cost. This paper discusses the key functions and system architecture of FTS. "[Pending NASA Goddard Applied Engineering & Technology Directorate (AETD) Approval]"

  9. The LCLS Undulator Beam Loss Monitor Readout System

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    Dusatko, John; Browne, M.; Fisher, A.S.; Kotturi, D.; Norum, S.; Olsen, J.; /SLAC

    2012-07-23

    The LCLS Undulator Beam Loss Monitor System is required to detect any loss radiation seen by the FEL undulators. The undulator segments consist of permanent magnets which are very sensitive to radiation damage. The operational goal is to keep demagnetization below 0.01% over the life of the LCLS. The BLM system is designed to help achieve this goal by detecting any loss radiation and indicating a fault condition if the radiation level exceeds a certain threshold. Upon reception of this fault signal, the LCLS Machine Protection System takes appropriate action by either halting or rate limiting the beam. The BLM detector consists of a PMT coupled to a Cherenkov radiator located near the upstream end of each undulator segment. There are 33 BLMs in the system, one per segment. The detectors are read out by a dedicated system that is integrated directly into the LCLS MPS. The BLM readout system provides monitoring of radiation levels, computation of integrated doses, detection of radiation excursions beyond set thresholds, fault reporting and control of BLM system functions. This paper describes the design, construction and operational performance of the BLM readout system.

  10. Low Background Signal Readout Electronics for the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR

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    Guinn, I; Arnquist, I J; Avignone, F T; Baldenegro-Barrera, C X; Barabash, A S; Bertrand, F E; Bradley, A W; Brudanin, V; Busch, M; Buuck, M; Byram, D; Caldwell, A S; Chan, Y-D; Christofferson, C D; Cuesta, C; Detwiler, J A; Efremenko, Yu; Ejiri, H; Elliott, S R; Galindo-Uribarri, A; Gilliss, T; Giovanetti, G K; Goett, J; Green, M P; Gruszko, J; Guiseppe, V E; Henning, R; Hoppe, E W; Howard, S; Howe, M A; Jasinski, B R; Keeter, K J; Kidd, M F; Konovalov, S I; Kouzes, R T; LaFerriere, B D; Leon, J; MacMullin, J; Martin, R D; Meijer, S J; Mertens, S; Orrell, J L; O'Shaughnessy, C; Poon, A W P; Radford, D C; Rager, J; Rielage, K; Robertson, R G H; Romero-Romero, E; Shanks, B; Shirchenko, M; Snyder, N; Suriano, A M; Tedeschi, D; Trimble, J E; Varner, R L; Vasilyev, S; Vetter, K; Vorren, K; White, B R; Wilkerson, J F; Wiseman, C; Xu, W; Yakushev, E; Yu, C -H; Yumatov, V; Zhitnikov, I

    2015-01-01

    The MAJORANA Collaboration will seek neutrinoless double beta decay (0nbb) in 76Ge using isotopically enriched p-type point contact (PPC) high purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors. A tonne-scale array of HPGe detectors would require background levels below 1 count/ROI-tonne-year in the 4 keV region of interest (ROI) around the 2039 keV Q-value of the decay. In order to demonstrate the feasibility of such an experiment, the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR, a 40 kg HPGe detector array, is being constructed with a background goal of <3 counts/ROI-tonne-year, which is expected to scale down to <1 count/ROI-tonne-year for a tonne-scale experiment. The signal readout electronics, which must be placed in close proximity to the detectors, present a challenge toward reaching this background goal. This talk will discuss the materials and design used to construct signal readout electronics with low enough backgrounds for the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR.

  11. Low-noise readout circuit for uncooled infrared FPA

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    Tanaka, Akio; Chiba, Kazuhiro; Endoh, Tsutomu; Okuyama, Kuniyuki; Kawahara, Akihiro; Iida, Kiyoshi; Tsukamoto, Nanao

    2000-12-01

    A low-noise architecture for uncooled microbolometer focal plane arrays is described. The on-chip readout circuit contains an integration circuit in which the bolometer current is directly injected into a capacitor, and exhibits extremely low noise with no decrease in signal. The simple configuration of the integration circuit makes it possible to operate more circuits in parallel, and increases the integration time and number of pixels. The bias circuit for the integration circuit is formed on the chip to reduce the effect of changes in the substrate temperature. The equivalent input noise, in which all readout noise is converted into that at the bolometer node, was 6.2(mu) V rms. A noise at this level is so low that can loosen the required TCR in the bolometer material. A 37-micrometers -pitch 320 x 240 ROIC was fabricated, and its expected NETD was 67-34 mK at a TCR of 1-2%/K. This architecture makes it possible to produce low-cost miniature cameras.

  12. SQUID microscope read-out on a Josephson junction array

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    LTC Josephson junction arrays (JJA) have recently gained interest as a model for the study of magnetization in superconductor materials. The presence of paramagnetic Meissner effect in such devices when field-cooled makes them an excellent candidate to discriminate between the different explanations given for such phenomenon. On the other hand, the understanding of the JJA physics is not simple due to the interplay between the non-linear behaviour of Josephson devices and the mutual induction effects in large JJA. The use of a SQUID microscope (SSM) to catch the magnetic image of the array is a distinctive feature of the experiment. So a study of SQUID read-out based on the actual JJA magnetic behaviour is needed in order to have a correct picture of what is going on. In this paper, using a simple way to reconstruct the complex array far-field viewed by the SQUID, we study how the flux read-out is dependent on array resolution, distance, tilting and noise for the typical situations in which arrays are found. (author)

  13. Massively Parallel Atomic Force Microscope with Digital Holographic Readout

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    Massively Parallel Scanning Probe Microscopy is an obvious path for data storage (E Grochowski, R F Hoyt, Future Trends in Hard disc Drives, IEEE Trans. Magn. 1996, 32, 1850- 1854; J L Griffin, S W Schlosser, G R Ganger and D F Nagle, Modeling and Performance of MEMS-Based Storage Devices, Proc. ACM SIGMETRICS, 2000). Current experimental systems still lay far behind Hard Disc Drive (HDD) or Digital Video Disk (DVD), be it in access speed, data throughput, storage density or cost per bit. This paper presents an entirely new approach with the promise to break several of these barriers. The key idea is readout of a Scanning Probes Microscope (SPM) array by Digital Holographic Microscopy (DHM). This technology directly gives phase information at each pixel of a CCD array. This means that no contact line to each individual SPM probes is needed. The data is directly available in parallel form. Moreover, the optical setup needs in principle no expensive components, optical (or, to a large extent, mechanical) imperfections being compensated in the signal processing, i.e. in electronics. This gives the system the potential for a low cost device with fast Terabit readout capability

  14. Readout system of TPC/MPD NICA project

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    Averyanov, A. V.; Bajajin, A. G.; Chepurnov, V. F.; Cheremukhina, G. A.; Fateev, O. V.; Korotkova, A. M.; Levchanovskiy, F. V.; Lukstins, J.; Movchan, S. A.; Razin, S. V.; Rybakov, A. A.; Vereschagin, S. V., E-mail: vereschagin@jinr.ru; Zanevsky, Yu. V.; Zaporozhets, S. A.; Zruyev, V. N. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russian Federation)

    2015-12-15

    The time-projection chamber (TPC) is the main tracking detector in the MPD/NICA. The information on charge-particle tracks in the TPC is registered by the MWPG with cathode pad readout. The frontend electronics (FEE) are developed with use of modern technologies such as application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), and data transfer to a concentrator via a fast optical interface. The main parameters of the FEE are as follows: total number of channels, ∼95 000; data stream from the whole TPC, 5 GB/s; low power consumption, less than 100 mW/ch; signal to noise ratio (S/N), 30; equivalent noise charge (ENC), <1000e{sup –} (C{sub in} = 10–20 pF); and zero suppression (pad signal rejection ∼90%). The article presents the status of the readout chamber construction and the data acquisition system. The results of testing FEE prototypes are presented.

  15. JPSS Science Data Services for the Direct Readout Community

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    Chander, Gyanesh; Lutz, Bob

    2014-01-01

    The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (S-NPP) and Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) High Rate Data (HRD) link provides Direct Broadcast data to users in real-time, utilizing their own remote field terminals. The Field Terminal Support (FTS) provides the resources needed to support the Direct Readout communities by providing software, documentation, and periodic updates to enable them to produce data products from SNPP and JPSS. The FTS distribution server will also provide the necessary ancillary and auxiliary data needed for processing the broadcasts, as well as making orbital data available to assist in locating the satellites of interest. In addition, the FTS provides development support for the algorithm and software through GSFC Direct Readout Laboratory (DRL) International Polar Orbiter Processing Package (IPOPP) and University of Wisconsin (UWISC) Community Satellite Processing Package (CSPP), to enable users to integrate the algorithms into their remote terminals. The support the JPSS Program provides to the institutions developing and maintaining these two software packages, will demonstrate the ability to produce ready-to-use products from the HRD link and provide risk reduction effort at a minimal cost. This paper discusses the key functions and system architecture of FTS.

  16. Low Background Signal Readout Electronics for the Majorana Demonstrator

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    Guinn, Ian [University of Washington; Rielage, Keith Robert [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Elliott, Steven Ray [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Xu, Wenqin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Goett, John Jerome III [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2015-06-11

    The MAJORANA Collaboration will seek neutrinoless double beta decay (0νββ) in 76Ge using isotopically enriched p-type point contact (PPC) high purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors. A tonne-scale array of HPGe detectors would require background levels below 1 count/ROI-tonne-year in the 4 keV region of interest (ROI) around the 2039 keV Q-value of the decay. In order to demonstrate the feasibility of such an experiment, the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR, a 40 kg HPGe detector array, is being constructed. The DEMONSTRATOR has a background goal of < 3 counts/ROI-tonne-year, which is expected to scale down to < 1 count/ROI-tonne-year for a one tonne experiment. The signal readout electronics, which must be placed in close proximity to the detectors, present a challenge toward reaching this background goal. This paper discusses the materials and design used to construct signal readout electronics with low enough backgrounds for the MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR.

  17. Read-Out of Dynamic Morphogen Gradients on Growing Domains.

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    Patrick Fried

    Full Text Available Quantitative data from the Drosophila wing imaginal disc reveals that the amplitude of the Decapentaplegic (Dpp morphogen gradient increases continuously. It is an open question how cells can determine their relative position within a domain based on a continuously increasing gradient. Here we show that pre-steady state diffusion-based dispersal of morphogens results in a zone within the growing domain where the concentration remains constant over the patterning period. The position of the zone that is predicted based on quantitative data for the Dpp morphogen corresponds to where the Dpp-dependent gene expression boundaries of spalt (sal and daughters against dpp (dad emerge. The model also suggests that genes that are scaling and are expressed at lateral positions are either under the control of a different read-out mechanism or under the control of a different morphogen. The patterning mechanism explains the extraordinary robustness that is observed for variations in Dpp production, and offers an explanation for the dual role of Dpp in controlling patterning and growth. Pre-steady-state dynamics are pervasive in morphogen-controlled systems, thus making this a probable general mechanism for the scaled read-out of morphogen gradients in growing developmental systems.

  18. Development of a high rate TPC with GEM readout

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    The concept of a Time Projection Chamber (TPC) for high rate experiments has been developed. A gating grid can not be used to reduce the ion backflow. Gas Electron Multipliers (GEM) combine the requirements of an excellent spatial resolution with an intrinsic suppression of ions. These key features of a GEM allow a TPC to maintain its excellence performance even in an ungated continuous mode. A large GEM TPC prototype with a diameter of 30.8 cm, a drift length of 72.8 cm and 10.000 readout channels has been built and tested within the low rate FOPI experiment at the GSI. The operation at high interaction rates with overlapping events in a single drift frame requires a continuous readout of the TPC including online feature extraction and and data compression. The reconstruction software then has to identify physics and filter out background events. A pattern recognition software has been developed and tested within the PANDA framework to cope with the maximal track density of 0.5 cm/cm3 in the TPC. It provides excellent information about kinked tracks or secondary vertices in the TPC to contribute to an online event selection. The concept of a GEM TPC for high rate applications, first results of the GEM TPC prototype within FOPI as well as an outlook for potential application of this concept in other high rate applications are presented.

  19. Superconducting hot-electron nanobolometer with microwave bias and readout

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    Kuzmin, A A; Shitov, S V; Abramov, N N; Ermakov, A B; Arndt, M; Wuensch, S H; Ilin, K S; Ustinov, A V; Siegel, M

    2014-01-01

    We propose a new detection technique based on radio-frequency (RF) bias and readout of an antenna-coupled superconducting nanobolometer. This approach is suitable for Frequency-Division-Multiplexing (FDM) readout of large arrays using broadband low-noise RF amplifier. We call this new detector RFTES. This feasibility study was made on demonstrator devices which are made in all-Nb technology and operate at 4.2 K. The studied RFTES devices consist of an antenna-coupled superconducting nanobolometer made of ultrathin niobium films with transition temperature Tc = 5.2 K. The 0.65-THz antenna and nanobolometer are embedded as a load into a GHz-range coplanar niobium resonator (Tc = 8.9 K, Q = 4000). To heat the superconducting Nb nanobolometer close to the Tc, the RF power at resonator frequency f = 5.8 GHz is applied via a transmission line which is weakly coupled (-11 dB) to the loaded resonator. The THz-antenna of RFTES was placed in the focus of a sapphire immersion lens inside a He4-cryostat equipped with an ...

  20. Wide-Range Bolometer with RF Readout TES

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    Shitov, S V; Kuzmin, A A; Merker, M; Arndt, M; Wuensch, S H; Ilin, K S; Erhan, E; Ustinov, A; Siegel, M

    2014-01-01

    To improve both scalability and noise-filtering capability of a Transition-Edge Sensor (TES), a new concept of a thin-film detector is suggested, which is based on embedding a microbridge TES into a high-Q planar GHz range resonator weakly coupled to a 50 Ohm-readout transmission line. Such a TES element is designed as a hot-electron microbolometer coupled to a THz range antenna and as a load of the resonator at the same time. A weak THz signal coupled to the antenna heats the microbridge TES, thus reducing the quality factor of the resonator and leading to a power increment in the readout line. The power-to-power conversion gain, an essential figure of merit, is estimated to be above 10. To demonstrate the basic concept, we fabricated and tested a few submicron sized devices from Nb thin films for operation temperature about 5 K. The dc and rf characterization of the new device is made at a resonator frequency about 5.8 GHz. A low-noise HEMT amplifier is used in our TES experiments without the need for a SQU...

  1. The Silicon photomultiplier as a metasystem with designed electronics as metadevice for a new receiver-emitter in visible light communications

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    Gutierrez, R M; Castaneda, L F; Castano, J F

    2015-01-01

    A Silicon Photomultiplier, SiPM, is a metasystem of Avalanche Photodiodes, APDs, which embedded in a specific purpose electronic, becomes a metadevice with unique and useful advanced functionalities to capture, transmit and analyze information with increased efficiency and security. The SiPM is a very small state of the art photo-detector with very high efficiency and sensitivity, with good response to controlled light pulses in the presence of background light without saturation. New results profit of such metadevice to propose a new receiver-emitter system useful for Visible Light Communication, VLC.

  2. The silicon photomultiplier as a metasystem with designed electronics as metadevice for a new receiver-emitter in visible light communications

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    Gutierrez, R. M.; Hernandez, A. I.; Castañeda, L. F.; Castaño, J. F.

    2015-09-01

    A Silicon Photomultiplier, SiPM, is a metasystem of Avalanche Photodiodes, APDs, which embedded in a specific purpose electronic, becomes a metadevice with unique and useful advanced functionalities to capture, transmit and analyze information with increased efficiency and security. The SiPM is a very small state of the art photo-detector with very high efficiency and sensitivity, with good response to controlled light pulses in the presence of background light without saturation. New results profit of such metadevice to propose a new receiver-emitter system useful for Visible Light Communication, VLC.

  3. Design of a large dynamic range readout unit for the PSD detector of DAMPE

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    Zhou, Yong; Sun, Zhiyu; Zhang, Yongjie; Fang, Fang; Chen, Junling; Hu, Bitao

    2016-01-01

    A large dynamic range is required by the Plastic Scintillator Detector (PSD) of DArk Matter Paricle Explorer (DAMPE), and a double-dynode readout has been developed. To verify this design, a prototype detector module has been constructed and tested with cosmic rays and heavy ion beams. The results match with the estimation and the readout unit could easily cover the required dynamic range.

  4. Readout electronics for multianode photomultiplier tubes with pad matrix anode layout

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    We have developed economical readout concept for multianode photomultiplier tubes which have a matrix type pad anode layout. This style of anode layout is used in many position sensitive photomultiplier tubes such as R5900-M64 and recently available flat panel H8500 PMT from Hamamatsu Photonics, as well as the Burle PLANACO/spl trade/ 85011 PSPMT. All these PMTs have a matrix of 8/spl times/8 anode pads requiring signal readout from 64 outputs. The number of readout channels quickly increases in systems utilizing many of these PMTs. In order to reduce the number of active channels to be read we have employed a two-dimensional decoupling resistive matrix circuit. A decoupling resistive matrix was designed to convert the 2-D area readout into a projective two single coordinate readout, and, thereby, to simplify readout electronics. In the case of PMT array, the circuit permits ganging together signals from several of the photomultipliers in the same way as done in the cross-wire photomultiplier tube anode layout. We tested this readout concept in several compact gamma cameras designed and built at Jefferson Lab. The largest size array consists of 3/spl times/4 (12 total) of H8500 photomultiplier tubes with 768 individual anode pad outputs, which were decoupled into 32x+24y (56 total) readout channels, a reduction by factor - 14

  5. The design of a DAQ system for a GEM imaging detector based on FET array readout

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    A data acquisition system was designed for a GEM imaging detector, which is readout by a FET switch array and can be used in real-time imaging. By using some advanced technologies, like FPGA and MCU, the designed DAQ system succeeds in multi-channel real-time readout with high-accuracy and high universality. (authors)

  6. Environmental sensors based on micromachined cantilevers with integrated read-out

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    Boisen, Anja; Thaysen, Jacob; Jensenius, Henriette; Hansen, Ole

    An AFM probe with integrated piezoresistive read-out has been developed and applied as a cantilever-based environmental sensor. The probe has a built-in reference cantilever, which makes it possible to subtract background drift directly in the measurement. Moreover, the integrated read-out facili...

  7. Implementation of a Customisable Readout Sequence for the ALICE ITS Upgrade Explorer Family Chips

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    Gazzari, Matthias

    2014-01-01

    Within the ALICE ITS upgrade R&D programme the Explorer family chips are developed featuring 11700 pixels which are split into 18 different sectors with different properties. These pixels are read out sequentially leading to a time span of 2.34ms between the first and last pixel. Due to the long readout time, shot noise induced by the leakage currents in the in-pixel analogue memories makes the comparison of different sensor implementations located in distant sectors on the Explorer family chips difficult. In order to reduce this noise contribution a customisable readout sequence is developed to read parts instead of the whole chip which reduces the overall readout time. This readout sequence is integrated in the existing characterisation framework in order to choose the best performing sensor implementation through pixel-by-pixel comparison without readout-induced effects.

  8. Development of a read out driver for ATLAS micromegas based on the Scalable Readout System

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    With future LHC luminosity upgrades, part of the ATLAS muon spectrometer has to be changed, to cope with the increased flux of uncorrelated neutron and gamma particles. Micromegas detectors were chosen as precision tracker for the New Small Wheels, that will replace the current Small Wheel muon detector stations during the LHC shutdown foreseen for 2018. To read out these detectors together with all other ATLAS subsystems, a readout driver was developed to integrate these micromegas detectors into the ATLAS data acquisition infrastructure. The readout driver is based on the Scalable Readout System, and its tasks include trigger handling, slow control, event building and data transmission to the high-level readout systems. This article describes the layout and functionalities of this readout driver and its components, as well as a test of its functionalities in the cosmic ray facility of Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich

  9. Development of an external readout electronics for a hybrid photon detector

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    Uyttenhove, Simon; Tichon, Jacques; Garcia, Salvador

    The pixel hybrid photon detectors currently installed in the LHCb Cherenkov system encapsulate readout electronics in the vacuum tube envelope. The LHCb upgrade and the new trigger system will require their replacement with new photon detectors. The baseline photon detector candidate is the multi-anode photomultiplier. A hybrid photon detector with external readout electronics has been proposed as a backup option. This master thesis covers a R & D phase to investigate this latter concept. Extensive studies of the initial electronics system underlined the noise contributions from the Beetle chip used as front-end readout ASIC and from the ceramic carrier of the photon detector. New front-end electronic boards have been developed and made fully compatible with the existing LHCb-RICH infrastructure. With this compact readout system, Cherenkov photons have been successfully detected in a real particle beam environment. The proof-of-concept of a hybrid photon detector with external readout electronics was val...

  10. A digital Front-End and Readout MIcrosystem for calorimetry at LHC

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    % RD-16 A Digital Front-End and Readout Microsystem for Calorimetry at LHC \\\\ \\\\Front-end signal processing for calorimetric detectors is essential in order to achieve adequate selectivity in the trigger function of an LHC experiment, with data identification and compaction before readout being required in the harsh, high rate environment of a high luminosity hadron machine. Other crucial considerations are the extremely wide dynamic range and bandwidth requirements, as well as the volume of data to be transferred to following stages of the trigger and readout system. These requirements are best met by an early digitalization of the detector information, followed by integrated digital signal processing and buffering functions covering the trigger latencies.\\\\ \\\\The FERMI (Front-End Readout MIcrosystem) is a digital implementation of the front-end and readout electronic chain for calorimeters. It is based on dynamic range compression, high speed A to D converters, a fully programmable pipeline/digital filter c...

  11. Design of the readout electronics for the DAMPE Silicon Tracker detector

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    Zhang, Fei; Gong, Ke; Wu, Di; Dong, Yi-Fan; Qiao, Rui; Fan, Rui-Rui; Wang, Jin-Zhou; Wang, Huan-Yu; Wu, Xin; La Marra, Daniel; Azzarello, Philipp; Gallo, Valentina; Ambrosi, Giovanni; Nardinocchi, Andrea

    2016-01-01

    The Silicon Tracker (STK) is a detector of the DAMPE satellite to measure the incidence direction of high energy cosmic ray. It consists of 6 X-Y double layers of silicon micro-strip detectors with 73,728 readout channels. It's a great challenge to readout the channels and process the huge volume of data in the critical space environment. 1152 Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) and 384 ADCs are adopted to readout the detector channels. The 192 Tracker Front-end Hybrid (TFH) modules and 8 identical Tracker Readout Board (TRB) modules are designed to control and digitalize the front signals. In this paper, the design of the readout electronics for STK and its performance will be presented in detail.

  12. On the comparison of analog and digital SiPM readout in terms of expected timing performance

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    Gundacker, S., E-mail: stefan.gundacker@cern.ch; Auffray, E.; Jarron, P.; Meyer, T.; Lecoq, P.

    2015-07-01

    In time of flight positron emission tomography (TOF-PET) and in particular for the EndoTOFPET-US Project (Frisch, 2013 [1]), and other applications for high energy physics, the multi-digital silicon photomultiplier (MD-SiPM) was recently proposed (Mandai and Charbon, 2012 [2]), in which the time of every single photoelectron is being recorded. If such a photodetector is coupled to a scintillator, the largest and most accurate timing information can be extracted from the cascade of the scintillation photons, and the most probable time of positron emission determined. The readout concept of the MD-SiPM is very different from that of the analog SiPM, where the individual photoelectrons are merely summed up and the output signal fed into the readout electronics. We have developed a comprehensive Monte Carlo (MC) simulation tool that describes the timing properties of the photodetector and electronics, the scintillation properties of the crystal and the light transfer within the crystal. In previous studies we have compared MC simulations with coincidence time resolution (CTR) measurements and found good agreement within less than 10% for crystals of different lengths (from 3 mm to 20 mm) coupled to SiPMs from Hamamatsu. In this work we will use the developed MC tool to directly compare the highest possible time resolution for both the analog and digital readout of SiPMs with different scintillator lengths. The presented studies reveal that the analog readout of SiPMs with microcell signal pile-up and leading edge discrimination can lead to nearly the same time resolution as compared to the maximum likelihood time estimation applied to MD-SiPMs. Consequently there is no real preference for either a digital or analog SiPM for the sake of achieving highest time resolution. However, the best CTR in the analog SiPM is observed for a rather small range of optimal threshold values, whereas the MD-SiPM provides stable CTR after roughly 20 registered photoelectron timestamps in

  13. CsI(Tl) photon detector with PIN photodiode readout for a K submu sub 3 T-violation experiment

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    Dementyev, D V; Ivashkin, A P; Khabibullin, M M; Khotyantsev, A N; Kudenko, Yu G; Mineev, O V; Aoki, M; Imazato, J; Kuno, Y; Baker, T; Blecher, M; Depommier, P; Hasinoff, M D; Igarashi, Y; Ikeda, T; MacDonald, J A; Mindas, C R; Rangacharyulu, C; Shimizu, S; Yokoi, T

    2000-01-01

    The pi sup 0 detector constructed for the T-violation search experiment E246 at KEK is described. It consists of 768 CsI(Tl) crystals with PIN photodiode readout. The crystals are assembled in a tight barrel with holes for muons entering the magnetic spectrometer. The design and performance of the calorimeter are presented. The average light yield of 11000 p.e./MeV and average equivalent noise level of 63 keV (bench test) were obtained for the CsI(Tl) modules used in the calorimeter. The coherent noise was found to be about 11 keV per a module. A readout electronics has been specifically developed for the high counting rate environment of the experiment. A pi sup 0 invariant mass resolution of 9.9 MeV (sigma) was obtained for the whole detector, including regions around the muon holes. A time resolution of 3.8 ns (rms) was achieved in the photon energy range of 10-200 MeV.

  14. Adaptation of frequency-domain readout for Transition Edge Sensor bolometers for the POLARBEAR-2 Cosmic Microwave Background experiment

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    Hattori, Kaori, E-mail: khattori@berkeley.edu [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba (Japan); Arnold, Kam; Barron, Darcy [University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States); Dobbs, Matt; Haan, Tijmen de [McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Harrington, Nicholas [University of California, Berkeley, Physics, Berkeley, CA (United States); Hasegawa, Masaya; Hazumi, Masashi [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba (Japan); Holzapfel, William L. [University of California, Berkeley, Physics, Berkeley, CA (United States); Keating, Brian [University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States); Lee, Adrian T. [University of California, Berkeley, Physics, Berkeley, CA (United States); Morii, Hideki [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba (Japan); Myers, Michael J. [University of California, Berkeley, Physics, Berkeley, CA (United States); Smecher, Graeme [Three-Speed Logic, Inc., Vancouver (Canada); Suzuki, Aritoki [University of California, Berkeley, Physics, Berkeley, CA (United States); Tomaru, Takayuki [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Tsukuba (Japan)

    2013-12-21

    The POLARBEAR-2 Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) experiment aims to observe B-mode polarization with high sensitivity to explore gravitational lensing of CMB and inflationary gravitational waves. POLARBEAR-2 is an upgraded experiment based on POLARBEAR-1, which had first light in January 2012. For POLARBEAR-2, we will build a receiver that has 7588 Transition Edge Sensor (TES) bolometers coupled to two-band (95 and 150 GHz) polarization-sensitive antennas. For the large array's readout, we employ digital frequency-domain multiplexing and multiplex 32 bolometers through a single superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). An 8-bolometer frequency-domain multiplexing readout has been deployed with the POLARBEAR-1 experiment. Extending that architecture to 32 bolometers requires an increase in the bandwidth of the SQUID electronics to 3 MHz. To achieve this increase in bandwidth, we use Digital Active Nulling (DAN) on the digital frequency multiplexing platform. In this paper, we present requirements and improvements on parasitic inductance and resistance of cryogenic wiring and capacitors used for modulating bolometers. These components are problematic above 1 MHz. We also show that our system is able to bias a bolometer in its superconducting transition at 3 MHz.

  15. A high precision CMOS weak current readout circuit

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    This paper presents a high precision CMOS weak current readout circuit. This circuit is capable of converting a weak current into a frequency signal for amperometric measurements with high precision and further delivering a 10-bit digital output. A fast stabilization-enhanced potentiostat has been proposed in the design, which is used to maintain a constant bias potential for amperometric biochemical sensors. A technique based on source voltage shifting that reduces the leakage current of the MOS transistor to the reverse diode leakage level at room temperature was employed in the circuit. The chip was fabricated in the 0.35 μm chartered CMOS process, with a single 3.3 V power supply. The interface circuit maintains a dynamic range of more than 100 dB. Currents from 1 pA to 300 nA can be detected with a maximum nonlinearity of 0.3% over the full scale.

  16. dc electric field meter with fiber-optic readout

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    Johnston, Alan R.; Kirkham, Harold; Eng, Bjorn T.

    1986-01-01

    The design of a dc electric field meter capable of measuring the magnitude and direction of the electric field at an arbitrary location above the ground plane is described. The meter is based on measuring induced charge on a split cylindrical electrode pair which is rotated around its axis of symmetry. Data readout is by fiber-optic cable using pulse frequency encoding. The sensing head is electrically isolated. Initial results are reported from a series of tests at General Electric's High Voltage Transmission Research Facility, Pittsfield, MA. The electric field was measured in a large test cage and under a dc test line. Measurement of field magnitude and direction around a human subject standing under the conductor was demonstrated.

  17. The 'KATOD-1' strip readout ASIC for cathode strip chamber

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    The 'KATOD-1', a 16-channels readout ASIC, has been designed to perform tests of P3 and P4 full-scale prototypes of the cathode strip chamber for the ME1/1 forward muon station of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. The ASIC channel consists of two charge-sensitive preamplifiers, a three-stage shaper with cancellation, and an output driver. The ASIC is instrumented with control of gain, in the range of (-4.2 : +5.0) mV/fC, and control of output pulse-shape. The equivalent input noise is equal to 2400 e with the slope of 12 e/pF for detector capacity up to 200 pF. The peaking time is 100 ns for the chamber signal. The ASIC has been produced by a microwave Bi-jFET technology

  18. Read-out of single spins by optical spectroscopy

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    We review recent experiments on optical detection and manipulation of spin states of impurity centres in a solid. This research topic is of particular interest because of possible applications of the single-spin read-out technique in solid state quantum computing. The experimental background of optical detection of single quantum systems in solids is introduced. The interaction of an impurity centre with an excitation field is analysed in terms of optical Bloch equations. Recent experiments on the electron spin resonance of single organic molecules and paramagnetic defect centres in diamonds are presented. We show how the spin state of the nitrogen-vacancy paramagnetic defect in diamond can be read out optically. Pulsed electron spin resonance of the single paramagnetic defect centre in diamond is discussed. (topical review)

  19. Rapid Driven Reset of a Qubit Readout Resonator

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    McClure, D. T.; Paik, Hanhee; Bishop, L. S.; Steffen, M.; Chow, Jerry M.; Gambetta, Jay M.

    2016-01-01

    Using a circuit QED device, we demonstrate a simple qubit-measurement pulse shape that yields fast ring-up and ring-down of the readout resonator regardless of the qubit state. The pulse differs from a square pulse only by the inclusion of additional constant-amplitude segments designed to effect a rapid transition from one steady-state population to another. Using a Ramsey experiment performed shortly after the measurement pulse to quantify the residual population, we find that compared to a square pulse followed by a delay, this pulse shape reduces the time scale for cavity ring-down by more than twice the cavity time constant. At low drive powers, this performance is achieved using pulse parameters calculated from a linear cavity model; at higher powers, empirical optimization of the pulse parameters leads to similar performance.

  20. The readout driver (ROD) for the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeters

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    Efthymiopoulos, Ilias

    2001-04-01

    The Readout Driver (ROD) for the Liquid Argon calorimeter of the ATLAS detector is described. Each ROD module receives triggered data from 256 calorimeter cells via two fiber-optics 1.28 Gbit/s links with a 100 kHz event rate (25 kbit/event). Its principal function is to determine the precise energy and timing of the signal from discrete samples of the waveform, taken each period of the LHC clock (25 ns). In addition, it checks, histograms, and formats the digital data stream. A demonstrator system, consisting of a motherboard and several daughter-board processing units (PUs) was constructed and is currently used for tests in the lab. The design of this prototype board is presented here. The board offers maximum modularity and allows the development and testing of different PU designs based on today's leading integer and floating point DSPs.

  1. The ATLAS liquid Argon calorimeters read-out system

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    Blondel, A; Fayard, L; La Marra, D; Léger, A; Matricon, P; Perrot, G; Poggioli, L; Prast, J; Riu, I; Simion, S

    2004-01-01

    The calorimetry of the ATLAS experiment takes advantage of different detectors based on the liquid Argon (LAr) technology. Signals from the LAr calorimeters are processed by various stages before being delivered to the Data Acquisition system. The calorimeter cell signals are received by the front-end boards, which digitize a predetermined number of samples of the bipolar waveform and sends them to the Read-Out Driver (ROD) boards. The ROD board receives triggered data from 1028 calorimeter cells, and determines the precise energy and timing of the signals by processing the discrete samplings of the pulse. In addition, it formats the digital stream for the following elements of the DAQ chain, and performs monitoring. The architecture and functionality of the ATLAS LAr ROD board are discussed, along with the final design of the Processing Unit boards housing the Digital Signal Processors (DSP). (9 refs).

  2. The readout driver (ROD) for the ATLAS liquid argon calorimeters

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    Efthymiopoulos, I

    2001-01-01

    The Readout Driver (ROD) for the Liquid Argon calorimeter of the ATLAS detector is described. Each ROD module receives triggered data from 256 calorimeter cells via two fiber-optics 1.28 Gbit/s links with a 100 kHz event rate (25 kbit/event). Its principal function is to determine the precise energy and timing of the signal from discrete samples of the waveform, taken each period of the LHC clock (25 ns). In addition, it checks, histograms, and formats the digital data stream. A demonstrator system, consisting of a motherboard and several daughter-board processing units (PUs) was constructed and is currently used for tests in the lab. The design of this prototype board is presented here. The board offers maximum modularity and allows the development and testing of different PU designs based on today's leading integer and floating point DSPs. (3 refs).

  3. Cryogenic readout integrated circuits for submillimeter-wave camera

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    The development of cryogenic readout circuits for Superconducting Tunneling Junction (Sj) direct detectors for submillimeter wave is presented. A SONY n-channel depletion-mode GaAs Junction Field Effect Transistor (JFET) is a candidate for circuit elements of the preamplifier. We measured electrical characteristics of the GaAs JFETs in the temperature range between 0.3 and 4.2K, and found that the GaAs JFETs work with low power consumption of a few microwatts, and show good current-voltage characteristics without cryogenic anomalies such as kink phenomena or hysteresis behaviors. Furthermore, measurements at 0.3K show that the input referred noise is as low as 0.6μV/Hz at 1Hz. Based on these results and noise calculations, we estimate that a Capacitive Transimpedance Amplifier with the GaAs JFETs will have low noise and STJ detectors will operate below background noise limit

  4. Precision Instrumentation Amplifiers and Read-Out Integrated Circuits

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    Wu, Rong; Makinwa, Kofi A A

    2013-01-01

    This book presents innovative solutions in the design of precision instrumentation amplifier and read-out ICs, which can be used to boost millivolt-level signals transmitted by modern sensors, to levels compatible with the input ranges of typical Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs).  The discussion includes the theory, design and realization of interface electronics for bridge transducers and thermocouples. It describes the use of power efficient techniques to mitigate low frequency errors, resulting in interface electronics with high accuracy, low noise and low drift. Since this book is mainly about techniques for eliminating low frequency errors, it describes the nature of these errors and the associated dynamic offset cancellation techniques used to mitigate them.  Surveys comprehensively offset cancellation and accuracy improvement techniques applied in precision amplifier designs; Presents techniques in precision circuit design to mitigate low frequency errors in millivolt-level signals transmitted by ...

  5. Operation of a GEM-TPC with pixel readout

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    Brezina, C; Kaminski, J; Killenberg, M; Krautscheid, T

    2012-01-01

    A prototype time projection chamber with 26 cm drift length was operated with a short-spaced triple gas electron multiplier (GEM) stack in a setup triggering on cosmic muon tracks. A small part of the anode plane is read out with a CMOS pixel application-specified integrated circuit (ASIC) named Timepix, which provides ultimate readout granularity. Pixel clusters of charge depositions corresponding to single primary electrons are observed and analyzed to reconstruct charged particle tracks. A dataset of several weeks of cosmic ray data is analyzed. The number of clusters per track length is well described by simulation. The obtained single point resolution approaches 50 m at short drift distances and is well reproduced by a simple model of single-electron diffusion.

  6. Four-channel readout ASIC for silicon pad detectors

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    A custom front-end readout ASIC has been designed for silicon calorimeters supposed to be used in high-energy physics experiments. The ASIC was produced using BJT-JFET technology. It contains four channels of a fast low-noise charge-sensitive preamplifier (CSP) with inverting outputs summed by a linear adder (LA) followed by an RC-CR shaping amplifier (SA) with 30 ns peaking time. Availability of separate outputs of the CSPs and the LA makes it possible to join any number of silicon detector layers to obtain the longitudinal and transversal resolution required using only this ASIC in any silicon calorimeter minitower configuration. Noise performance is ENC=1800e-+18e-/pF at 30 ns peaking time for detector capacitance up to Cd=400 pF. Rise time is 8 ns at input capacitance Cd=100 pF. Power dissipation is less than 50 mW/ chip at voltage supply 5 V

  7. Characterization of the Medipix3 pixel readout chip

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    Ballabriga, R; Wong, W; Greiffenberg, D; Turecek, D; Blaj, G; Heijne, E H M; Plackett, R; Campbell, M; Procz, S; Llopart, X; Fiederle, M

    2011-01-01

    The Medipix3 chip is a hybrid pixel detector readout chip working in Single Photon Counting Mode. It has been developed with a new front-end architecture aimed at eliminating the spectral distortion produced by charge diffusion in highly segmented semiconductor detectors. In the new architecture charge deposited in overlapping clusters of four pixels is summed event-by-event and the incoming quantum is assigned as a single hit to the summing circuit with the biggest charge deposit (this mode of operation is called Charge Summing Mode (CSM)). In Single Pixel Mode (SPM) the charge reconstruction and the communication between neighbouring pixels is disabled. This is the operating mode in traditional detector systems. This paper presents the results of the characterization of the chip with electrical stimuli and radioactive sources.

  8. Feasibility studies for a wireless 60 GHz tracking detector readout

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    Dittmeier, Sebastian; Soltveit, Hans Kristian; Wiedner, Dirk

    2016-01-01

    The amount of data produced by highly granular silicon tracking detectors in high energy physics experiments poses a major challenge to readout systems. At high collision rates, e.g. at LHC experiments, only a small fraction of data can be read out with currently used technologies. To cope with the requirements of future or upgraded experiments new data transfer techniques are required which offer high data rates at low power and low material budget. Wireless technologies operating in the 60 GHz band or at higher frequencies offer high data rates and are thus a promising upcoming alternative to conventional data transmission via electrical cables or optical fibers. Using wireless technology, the amount of cables and connectors in detectors can be significantly reduced. Tracking detectors profit most from a reduced material budget as fewer secondary particle interactions (multiple Coulomb scattering, energy loss, etc.) improve the tracking performance in general. We present feasibility studies regarding the in...

  9. Time-resolved qubit readout via nonlinear Josephson inductance

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    Reuther, Georg Michael; Haenggi, Peter [Institut fuer Physik, Universitaet Augsburg, Augsburg (Germany); Kohler, Sigmund [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-07-01

    We propose a generalization of dispersive qubit readout which provides the time evolution of a flux qubit observable. Our proposal relies on the non-linear coupling of the qubit to a harmonic oscillator with high frequency, representing a dc-SQUID. Information about the qubit dynamics is obtained by recording the oscillator response to resonant driving and subsequent lock-in detection. We simulate this measurement process for the example of coherent qubit oscillations and, in doing so, we corroborate the underlying measurement relation. In addition, we derive a quantum master equation for the qubit alone. With this at hand, we investigate the dependence of qubit dephasing on the measurement backaction that is induced by the oscillator driving.

  10. Readout system of the ALICE Muon tracking detector

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    A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE) will be aimed at studying heavy ion collisions at the extreme energy densities accessible at the CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), where the formation of the Quark Gluon Plasma is expected. The ALICE muon forward spectrometer will identify muons with momentum above 4 GeV/c, allowing the study of quarkonia and heavy flavors in the pseudorapidity range -4.0<η<-2.5 with 2π azimuthal coverage. The muon tracking system consists of 10 Cathode Pad Chambers (CPC) with 1.1 million of pads that represent the total number of acquisition channels to manage. In this article, we will give an overview of the ALICE Muon Spectrometer. Afterward, we will focus on tracking system Front end Electronics (FEE) and readout system. We will show that the Digital Signal Processor (DSP) architecture fulfills all the requirements, including radiation hardness against neutrons. Finally, real-time performances are discussed.

  11. Formalization and experimental evaluation of cavity-enhanced holographic readout

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    Miller, Bo E.; Takashima, Yuzuru

    2014-09-01

    We formalize the theoretical effects of optical resonator enhancement on diffraction efficiency, read rate, and write rate of plane wave holograms, with a view toward page based holographic data storage. Trade-offs in cavity enhancement are also examined. Theory predicts ~160% of enhancement in diffraction efficiency is feasible when power loss of the hologram is ~8% and diffraction efficiency is ~8%. We report experimental verification of ~30% enhancement of diffraction efficiency for a hologram written in 0.03% Fe:LiNbO3 (Deltronic Crystal Industries, Inc.) with a 532 nm wavelength, pulsed, DPSS, Nd-YAG, laser and read by a red He-Ne laser. The Bragg selectivity width under the cavityenhanced readout is experimentally confirmed to be unaffected by cavity enhancement, and it agrees with theoretical prediction.

  12. Quantum trajectories for dispersive readout in superconducting circuit QED

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    We present applications for the method of quantum trajectory simulations for the realistic simulation of single-shot readout experiments in superconducting circuit QED. Quantum trajectories generated by stochastic master equations allow to obtain a realistic measurement signal while one simultaneously gains access to the internal quantum dynamics of the system in question taking the measurement back-action into account correctly. Thus, useful insights beyond the ensemble average description of a conventional master equation can be obtained. To illustrate the power of the method, we present two important examples: (i) How to detect single itinerant microwave photons non-destructively (ii) How to generate massively entangled N-qubit states like W- and GHZ-states by measurement. We point out the presented examples can be realized using currently available experimental setups.

  13. Streak Camera Performance with Large-Format CCD Readout

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    The ICF program at Livermore has a large inventory of optical streak cameras that were built in the 1970s and 1980s. The cameras include micro-channel plate image-intensifier tubes (IIT) that provide signal amplification and early lens-coupled CCD readouts. Today, these cameras are still very functional, but some replacement parts such as the original streak tube, CCD, and IIT are scarce and obsolete. This article describes recent efforts to improve the performance of these cameras using today's advanced CCD readout technologies. Very sensitive, large-format CCD arrays with efficient fiber-optic input faceplates are now available for direct coupling with the streak tube. Measurements of camera performance characteristics including linearity, spatial and temporal resolution, line-spread function, contrast transfer ratio (CTR), and dynamic range have been made for several different camera configurations: CCD coupled directly to the streak tube, CCD directly coupled to the IIT, and the original configuration with a smaller CCD lens coupled to the IIT output. Spatial resolution (limiting visual) with and without the IIT is 8 and 20 lp/mm, respectively, for photocathode current density up to 25% of the Child-Langmuir (C-L) space-charge limit. Temporal resolution (fwhm) deteriorates by about 20% when the cathode current density reaches 10% of the C-L space charge limit. Streak tube operation with large average tube current was observed by illuminating the entire slit region through a Ronchi ruling and measuring the CTR. Sensitivity (CCD electrons per streak tube photoelectron) for the various configurations ranged from 7.5 to 2,700 with read noise of 7.5 to 10.5 electrons. Optimum spatial resolution is achieved when the IIT is removed. Maximum dynamic range requires a configuration where a single photoelectron from the photocathode produces a signal that is 3 to 5 times the read noise

  14. The CMS silicon strip tracker and its electronic readout

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    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN (Geneva, CH) will be the world's biggest accelerator machine when operation starts in 2006. One of its four detector experiments is the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), consisting of a large-scale silicon tracker and electromagnetic and hadron calorimeters, all embedded in a solenoidal magnetic field of 4T, and a muon system surrounding the magnet coil. The Silicon Strip Tracker has a sensitive area of 206m2 with 10 million analog channels which are read out at the collider frequency of 40 MHz. The building blocks of the CMS Tracker are the silicon sensors, APV amplifier ASICs, supporting front-end ASICs, analog and digital optical links as well as data processors and control units in the back-end. Radiation tolerance, readout speed and the huge data volume are challenging requirements. I have modeled the charge collection in silicon detectors which is discussed as well as the concepts of readout amplifiers with respect to the LHC requirements, including the deconvolution method of fast pulse shaping, electronic noise constraints and radiation effects. Moreover, I performed extensive measurements on prototype components of the CMS Tracker and different versions of the APV chip in particular. I contributed to the construction of several detector modules, characterized them in particle beam tests and quantified radiation induced effects on the APV chip and on silicon detectors. In addition I evaluated a prototype of the analog optical link and the analog performance of the back-end digitization unit. The results are very encouraging, demonstrating the feasibility of the CMS Silicon Strip Tracker system and motivating progress towards the construction phase. (author)

  15. Improved Readout Scheme for SQUID-Based Thermometry

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    Penanen, Konstantin

    2007-01-01

    An improved readout scheme has been proposed for high-resolution thermometers, (HRTs) based on the use of superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs) to measure temperature- dependent magnetic susceptibilities. The proposed scheme would eliminate counting ambiguities that arise in the conventional scheme, while maintaining the superior magnetic-flux sensitivity of the conventional scheme. The proposed scheme is expected to be especially beneficial for HRT-based temperature control of multiplexed SQUIDbased bolometer sensor arrays. SQUID-based HRTs have become standard for measuring and controlling temperatures in the sub-nano-Kelvin temperature range in a broad range of low-temperature scientific and engineering applications. A typical SQUIDbased HRT that utilizes the conventional scheme includes a coil wound on a core made of a material that has temperature- dependent magnetic susceptibility in the temperature range of interest. The core and the coil are placed in a DC magnetic field provided either by a permanent magnet or as magnetic flux inside a superconducting outer wall. The aforementioned coil is connected to an input coil of a SQUID. Changes in temperature lead to changes in the susceptibility of the core and to changes in the magnetic flux detected by the SQUID. The SQUID readout instrumentation is capable of measuring magnetic-flux changes that correspond to temperature changes down to a noise limit .0.1 nK/Hz1/2. When the flux exceeds a few fundamental flux units, which typically corresponds to a temperature of .100 nK, the SQUID is reset. The temperature range can be greatly expanded if the reset events are carefully tracked and counted, either by a computer running appropriate software or by a dedicated piece of hardware.

  16. NIRCA ASIC for the readout of focal plane arrays

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    Pâhlsson, Philip; Steenari, David; Øya, Petter; Otnes Berge, Hans Kristian; Meier, Dirk; Olsen, Alf; Hasanbegovic, Amir; Altan, Mehmet A.; Najafiuchevler, Bahram; Talebi, Jahanzad; Azman, Suleyman; Gheorghe, Codin; Ackermann, Jörg; Mæhlum, Gunnar; Johansen, Tor Magnus; Stein, Timo

    2016-05-01

    This work is a continuation of our preliminary tests on NIRCA - the Near Infrared Readout and Controller ASIC [1]. The primary application for NIRCA is future astronomical science and Earth observation missions where NIRCA will be used with mercury cadmium telluride image sensors (HgCdTe, or MCT) [2], [3]. Recently we have completed the ASIC tests in the cryogenic environment down to 77 K. We have verified that NIRCA provides to the readout integrated circuit (ROIC) regulated power, bias voltages, and fully programmable digital sequences with sample control of the analogue to digital converters (ADC). Both analog and digital output from the ROIC can be acquired and image data is 8b/10bencoded and delivered via serial interface. The NIRCA also provides temperature measurement, and monitors several analog and digital input channels. The preliminary work confirms that NIRCA is latch-up immune and able to operate down to 77 K. We have tested the performance of the 12-bit ADC with pre-amplifier to have 10.8 equivalent number of bits (ENOB) at 1.4 Msps and maximum sampling speed at 2 Msps. The 1.8-V and 3.3-V output regulators and the 10-bit DACs show good linearity and work as expected. A programmable sequencer is implemented as a micro-controller with a custom instruction set. Here we describe the special operations of the sequencer with regards to the applications and a novel approach to parallel real-time hardware outputs. The test results of the working prototype ASIC show good functionality and performance from room temperature down to 77 K. The versatility of the chip makes the architecture a possible candidate for other research areas, defense or industrial applications that require analog and digital acquisition, voltage regulation, and digital signal generation.

  17. An Optimal Energy Estimator to Reduce Correlated Noise for the EXO-200 Light Readout

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    Collaboration, EXO-200; :; Davis, C. G.; Hall, C; Albert, J. B.; Barbeau, P. S.; D. Beck; Belov, V.; Breidenbach, M.; Brunner, T.; Burenkov, A.; Cao, G. F.; Cen, W. R.; Chambers, C.; Cleveland, B.

    2016-01-01

    The energy resolution of the EXO-200 detector is limited by electronics noise in the measurement of the scintillation response. Here we present a new technique to extract optimal scintillation energy measurements for signals split across multiple channels in the presence of correlated noise. The implementation of these techniques improves the energy resolution of the detector at the neutrinoless double beta decay Q-value from $\\left[1.9641\\pm 0.0039\\right]\\%$ to $\\left[1.5820\\pm 0.0044\\right]...

  18. An Optimal Energy Estimator to Reduce Correlated Noise for the EXO-200 Light Readout

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    :,; Hall, C; Albert, J B; Barbeau, P S; Beck, D; Belov, V; Breidenbach, M; Brunner, T; Burenkov, A; Cao, G F; Cen, W R; Chambers, C; Cleveland, B; Coon, M; Craycraft, A; Daniels, T; Danilov, M; Daugherty, S J; Davis, J; Delaquis, S; Der Mesrobian-Kabakian, A; DeVoe, R; Didberidze, T; Dilling, J; Dolgolenko, A; Dolinski, M J; Dunford, M; Fairbank, W; Farine, J; Feldmeier, W; Feyzbakhsh, S; Fierlinger, P; Fudenberg, D; Gornea, R; Graham, K; Gratta, G; Hughes, M; Jewell, M J; Johnson, A; Johnson, T N; Johnston, S; Karelin, A; Kaufman, L J; Killick, R; Koffas, T; Kravitz, S; Krücken, R; Kuchenkov, A; Kumar, K S; Leonard, D S; Licciardi, C; Lin, Y H; Ling, J; MacLellan, R; Marino, M G; Mong, B; Moore, D; Njoya, O; Nelson, R; Odian, A; Ostrovskiy, I; Piepke, A; Pocar, A; Prescott, C Y; Retière, F; Rowson, P C; Russell, J J; Schubert, A; Sinclair, D; Smith, E; Stekhanov, V; Tarka, M; Tolba, T; Tsang, R; Twelker, K; Vuilleumier, J -L; Waite, A; Walton, J; Walton, T; Weber, M; Wen, L J; Wichoski, U; Wood, J; Yang, L; Yen, Y -R; Zeldovich, O Ya

    2016-01-01

    The energy resolution of the EXO-200 detector is limited by electronics noise in the measurement of the scintillation response. Here we present a new technique to extract optimal scintillation energy measurements for signals split across multiple channels in the presence of correlated noise. The implementation of these techniques improves the energy resolution of the detector at the neutrinoless double beta decay Q-value from $\\left[1.9641\\pm 0.0039\\right]\\%$ to $\\left[1.5820\\pm 0.0044\\right]\\%$.

  19. A segmented scintillator-lead photon calorimeter using a double wavelength shifter optical readout system

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    The construction and performance of a prototype scintillator-lead photon calorimeter using a double wavelength shifter optical readout is described. The calorimeter is divided into four individual cells consisting of 44 layers of 3 mm lead plus 1 cm thick scintillator. The edges of each scintillator plate are covered by acrylic bars doped with a wavelength shifting material. The light produced in each scintillator plate is first converted in these bars, then converted a second time in a set of acrylic rods which run longitudinally through the calorimeter along the corners of each calorimeter cell. A photomultiplier is attached to each of these rods at the back end of the calorimeter. The energy resolution obtained with incident in the energy range 2-30 GeV is sigma/E = 0.12/√E. The uniformity of response across the front face of each cell was measured. Showers within each cell can be localised with an accuracy of better than sigma = 7 mm. (orig.)

  20. Prototyping the read-out chain of the CBM Microvertex Detector

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    Klaus, P.; Wiebusch, M.; Amar-Youcef, S.; Deveaux, M.; Koziel, M.; Michel, J.; Milanovic, B.; Müntz, C.; Tischler, T.; Stroth, J.

    2016-03-01

    The Compressed Baryonic Matter (CBM) Experiment at the future FAIR (Darmstadt/Germany) will study the phase diagram of hadronic matter in the regime of highest net-baryon densities. The fixed target experiment will explore the nuclear fireballs created in violent heavy ion reactions with a rich number of probes. To reconstruct the decay topologies of open-charm particles as well as to track low-momentum particles, an ultra-light and precise Microvertex Detector (MVD) is required. The necessary performance in terms of spatial resolution, material budget and rate capability will be reached by equipping the MVD with highly granular, radiation-hard CMOS Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors (CPS) developped at IPHC Strasbourg, which are operated in the target vacuum of the experiment. This contribution introduces the concept of the MVD and puts a focus on the latest results obtained from the R&D of the electronics and read-out chain of the device. Moreover, we briefly introduce the PRESTO project, which realises a prototype of a full size quadrant of an MVD detector station.

  1. Design and test of a high resolution plastic scintillating fiber detector with intensified CCD readout

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    We present the design of a particle detector involving a coherent array of 100 000 plastic scintillating microfibers, with an individual core diameter around 50 micrometers, and an intensified bidimensional CCD array. We investigate both theoretically and experimentally the use of polystyrene based scintillators in optical multimodal fibers. The isotropic excitation of modes and the characteristics of energy transfers between the polystyrene matrix and the added fluorescent dyes are of particular interest. An experimental approach is proposed and applied to the development of a new binary scintillator. In order to study the transmission of the signal from the interaction area to the output face, we specify the loss factors, the resolution and the signal to noise ratio within the fiber array. The low light level at the output face of the detector leads us to use image intensifiers in photon counting mode. This requires a detailed analysis of resolutions, gain, noise and detectivity concepts. We propose to describe these strongly correlated notions by the moment generation formalism. Thus, a previous modelisation of the photoelectronic devices allows us to evaluate the performance of the readout chain. A complete detector has been assembled and tested on a high energy hadron beam; the measurements are in good agreement with the modelisation

  2. Upgrade for the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter Readout Electronics at the High Luminosity LHC

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    Cerqueira, A; The ATLAS collaboration

    2012-01-01

    The Tile Calalorimeter (TileCal) is the hadronic calorimeter covering the most central region of the ATLAS experiment at LHC. It is a sampling calorimeter with iron plates as absorber and plastic scintillating tiles as the active material. The scintillation light produced by the passage of charged particles is transmitted by wavelength shifting fibers to photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). The TileCal readout consists of about 10000 channels. The main upgrade will occur for the High Luminosity LHC phase (phase 2) which is scheduled around 2022. The upgrade aims at replacing the majority of the on- and off-detector electronics so that all calorimeter signals are directly digitized and sent to the off-detector electronics in the counting room. This will be done with minimum latency and maximum robustness. It will provide maximum TileCal information to the first level of the calorimeter trigger (probably called level 0) to improve the trigger efficiency as required to cope with the increased luminosity. An ambitious u...

  3. The Aachen muon detector prototype. Muon measurement using scintillator tiles with SiPM readout

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    Meissner, Rebecca; Bretz, Thomas; Hebbeker, Thomas; Lauscher, Markus; Middendorf, Lukas; Niggemann, Tim; Peters, Christine; Schumacher, Johannes [III. Physikalisches Institut A, RWTH Aachen University (Germany); Collaboration: Pierre Auger-Collaboration

    2015-07-01

    Muons being produced in air showers of ultra high energy cosmic rays carry important information on their characteristics such as the mass of the primary particle and the first hadronic interactions at the highest energies. In the context of the Pierre Auger Observatory this upgrade would enable an enhanced primary particle identification as well as the verification of shower simulation models. For this purpose, a simple and robust detector design with scintillator tiles and SiPM readout is being developed, the Aachen Muon Detector (AMD). AMD could be situated below the SD tanks which would provide shielding from the electromagnetic part of the shower. In total, 64 scintillating tiles form the sensitive area of the detector. Wavelength-shifting fibres are inserted into the tiles in sigma-shape to collect the light and are coupled to optical fibres to guide it onto the photosensitive SiPMs. By reading out each SiPM individually, an excellent and low-background performance is expected. Currently the AMD prototype is being built in Aachen and in parallel SiPM and electronics characteristics are being evaluated.

  4. Fully digital pixel readout architecture with a current-mode A/D converter

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    Eshraghian, Kamran; Lachowicz, Stefan W.

    2001-11-01

    Camera-on-a-CMOS chip will be an inevitable component of future intelligent vision systems. However, up till now, the dominant format of data in imaging devices is still analog. The analog photocurrent or sampled voltage is transferred to the ADC via a column or a column/row bus. Moreover, in the active pixel configuration the area occupied by circuitry reduces significantly the fill factor, so that there are heavy constraints imposed on the size of the circuits used. In this paper a concept of back illuminated focal plane is presented. The system consists of two chips bonded face to face using Indium bumps. The top chip, which is the seeing chip, is thinned and the light signal is applied to the bottom surface. The bottom chip is the processing chip and it contains a distributed array of analog-to digital converters. As the seeing chip is fully dedicated to photosensors the fill factor can be increased from 25-40% possible on a single plane to over 95% with two planes. The analog-to-digital converters are algorithmic current-mode converters, where one-bit cell is implemented in the processing area facing one-pixel. Eight such cells are cascaded to form an 8-bit converter. As a result, a fully digital pixel readout is obtained.

  5. Fast Imaging Detector Readout Circuits with In-Pixel ADCs for Fourier Transform Imaging Spectrometers

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    Rider, D.; Blavier, J-F.; Cunningham, T.; Hancock, B.; Key, R.; Pannell, Z.; Sander, S.; Seshadri, S.; Sun, C.; Wrigley, C.

    2011-01-01

    Focal plane arrays (FPAs) with high frame rates and many pixels benefit several upcoming Earth science missions including GEO-CAPE, GACM, and ACE by enabling broader spatial coverage and higher spectral resolution. FPAs for the PanFTS, a high spatial resolution Fourier transform spectrometer and a candidate instrument for the GEO-CAPE mission are the focus of the developments reported here, but this FPA technology has the potential to enable a variety of future measurements and instruments. The ESTO ACT Program funded the developed of a fast readout integrated circuit (ROIC) based on an innovative in-pixel analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The 128 X 128 pixel ROIC features 60 ?m pixels, a 14-bit ADC in each pixel and operates at a continuous frame rate of 14 kHz consuming only 1.1 W of power. The ROIC outputs digitized data completely eliminating the bulky, power consuming signal chains needed by conventional FPAs. The 128 X 128 pixel ROIC has been fabricated in CMOS and tested at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The current version is designed to be hybridized with PIN photodiode arrays via indium bump bonding for light detection in the visible and ultraviolet spectral regions. However, the ROIC design incorporates a small photodiode in each cell to permit detailed characterization of the ROICperformance without the need for hybridization. We will describe the essential features of the ROIC design and present results of ROIC performance measurements.

  6. Muon Identification with the ATLAS Tile Calorimeter Read-Out Driver for Level-2 Trigger Purposes

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    Ruiz-Martinez, A

    2008-01-01

    The Hadronic Tile Calorimeter (TileCal) at the ATLAS experiment is a detector made out of iron as passive medium and plastic scintillating tiles as active medium. The light produced by the particles is converted to electrical signals which are digitized in the front-end electronics and sent to the back-end system. The main element of the back-end electronics are the VME 9U Read-Out Driver (ROD) boards, responsible of data management, processing and transmission. A total of 32 ROD boards, placed in the data acquisition chain between Level-1 and Level-2 trigger, are needed to read out the whole calorimeter. They are equipped with fixed-point Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) that apply online algorithms on the incoming raw data. Although the main purpose of TileCal is to measure the energy and direction of the hadronic jets, taking advantage of its projective segmentation soft muons not triggered at Level-1 (with pT<5 GeV) can be recovered. A TileCal standalone muon identification algorithm is presented and i...

  7. Performance of a prototype aerogel counter readout by fine mesh photo-tubes

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    The BABAR experiment, in order to achieve its physics program, requires pion/kaon identification capability up to 4.3 GeV/c. The recent development of new processes has lead to the fabrication of low density silica aerogel with high optical quality. An aerogel threshold counter using the combination of 2 refractive indices (1.055 and 1.007) can be used to complete the angular coverage of the particle identification system in the forward region of the BABAR experiment. We present final test-beam results on a 2 layer aerogel prototype, readout by Hamamatsu fine mesh photo-tubes, as required by the high magnetic field environment of the BaBar experiment. Several configurations have been tested, with different aerogels, photo-tubes and reflective materials. We have performed a Monte-Carlo simulation, in order to understand the sensitivity of light collection to the optical parameters. The result of the test shows that such a detector can achieve the desired performances. (authors). 14 refs., 19 figs., 1 tab

  8. Low-Power Photoplethysmogram Acquisition Integrated Circuit with Robust Light Interference Compensation

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    Jongpal Kim; Jihoon Kim; Hyoungho Ko

    2015-01-01

    To overcome light interference, including a large DC offset and ambient light variation, a robust photoplethysmogram (PPG) readout chip is fabricated using a 0.13-μm complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) process. Against the large DC offset, a saturation detection and current feedback circuit is proposed to compensate for an offset current of up to 30 μA. For robustness against optical path variation, an automatic emitted light compensation method is adopted. To prevent ambient light...

  9. A microfluidic device for the automated electrical readout of low-density glass-slide microarrays.

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    Díaz-González, María; Salvador, J Pablo; Bonilla, Diana; Marco, M Pilar; Fernández-Sánchez, César; Baldi, Antoni

    2015-12-15

    Microarrays are a powerful platform for rapid and multiplexed analysis in a wide range of research fields. Electrical readout systems have emerged as an alternative to conventional optical methods for microarray analysis thanks to its potential advantages like low-cost, low-power and easy miniaturization of the required instrumentation. In this work an automated electrical readout system for low-cost glass-slide microarrays is described. The system enables the simultaneous conductimetric detection of up to 36 biorecognition events by incorporating an array of interdigitated electrode transducers. A polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic structure has been designed that creates microwells over the transducers and incorporates the microfluidic channels required for filling and draining them with readout and cleaning solutions, thus making the readout process fully automated. Since the capture biomolecules are not immobilized on the transducer surface this readout system is reusable, in contrast to previously reported electrochemical microarrays. A low-density microarray based on a competitive enzymatic immunoassay for atrazine detection was used to test the performance of the readout system. The electrical assay shows a detection limit of 0.22±0.03 μg L(-1) similar to that obtained with fluorescent detection and allows the direct determination of the pesticide in polluted water samples. These results proved that an electrical readout system such as the one presented in this work is a reliable and cost-effective alternative to fluorescence scanners for the analysis of low-density microarrays. PMID:26210466

  10. Readout Control Specifications for the Front-End and Back-End of the LHCb Upgrade

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    Alessio, F

    2014-01-01

    The LHCb experiment has proposed an upgrade towards a full 40 MHz readout system in order to run at between five and ten times the initial design luminosity. The various sub-systems in the readout architecture will need to be upgraded in order to cope with higher sub-detector occupancies, higher rate and higher network load. The development of a new readout control system for the upgraded LHCb readout system was investigated already in 2008. This work has evolved into a detailed system-level specification of the entire timing and readout control system . In this paper, we specify in detail the functionalities that must be supported by the Front-End and the Back-End electronics to comply with the timing requirements and the readout scheme, and the necessary control and monitoring capabilities in order to validate, commission and operate the upgraded experiment efficiently and with sufficient flexibility. The document focuses entirely on the readout control aspects of the FE and BE, and the ECS interface to t...

  11. Analysis of EMCCD and sCMOS readout noise models for Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor accuracy

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    Basden, Alastair

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, detectors with sub-electron readout noise have been used very effectively in astronomical adaptive optics systems. Here, we compare readout noise models for the two key faint flux level detector technologies that are commonly used: EMCCD and scientific CMOS (sCMOS) detectors. We find that in almost all situations, EMCCD technology is advantageous, and that the commonly used simplified model for EMCCD readout is appropriate. We also find that the commonly used simple models for sCMOS readout noise are optimistic, and recommend that a proper treatment of the sCMOS rms readout noise probability distribution should be considered during instrument performance modelling and development.

  12. Comparison of optomagnetic and AC susceptibility readouts in a magnetic nanoparticle agglutination assay for detection of C-reactive protein

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    Fock, Jeppe; Parmvi, Mattias; Strömberg, Mattias;

    2016-01-01

    can be used to accelerate assay kinetics. We present the first study and comparison of the performance of magnetic susceptibility measurements and a newly proposed optomagnetic method. For the comparison we use the C-reactive protein (CRP) induced agglutination of identical samples of 100 nm MNPs...... laser light transmitted through the sample. The two techniques provided highly correlated results upon agglutination when they measure the decrease of the signal from the individual MNPs (turn-off detection strategy), whereas the techniques provided different results, strongly depending on the read......-out frequency, when detecting the signal due to MNP agglomerates (turn-on detection strategy). These observations are considered to be caused by differences in the volumedependence of the magnetic and optical signals from agglomerates. The highest signal from agglomerates was found in the optomagnetic signal at...

  13. CdWO4 scintillating bolometer for Double Beta Decay: Light and Heat anticorrelation, light yield and quenching factors

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    Arnaboldi, C.; Beeman, J.W.; Cremonesi, O.; Gironi, L.; M. Pavan; Pessina, G.(Sezione INFN di Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy); Pirro, S.(INFN-Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso, Assergi, 67010 , L’Aquila, Italy); Previtali, E.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract We report the performances of a 0.51 kg CdWO4 scintillating bolometer to be used for future Double Beta Decay Experiments. The simultaneous read-out of the heat and the scintillation light allows to discriminate between different interacting particles aiming at the disentanglement and the reduction of background contribution, key issue for next generation experiments. We will describe the observed anticorrelation between the heat and the light signal and we will show how t...

  14. Development of an ASIC for CCD readout at the vertex detectors of the intrenational linear collider

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    Murray, P; Stefanov, K D; Woolliscroft, T

    2007-01-01

    The Linear Collider Flavour Identification Collaboration is developing sensors and readout electronics suitable for the International Linear Collider vertex detector. In order to achieve high data rates the proposed detector utilises column parallel CCDs, each read out by a custom designed ASIC. The prototype chip (CPR2) has 250 channels of electronics, each with a preamplifier, 5-bit flash ADC, data sparsification logic for identification of significant data clusters, and local memory for storage of data awaiting readout. CPR2 also has hierarchical 2-level data multiplexing and intermediate data memory, enabling readout of the sparsified data via the 5-bit data output bus.

  15. Studies of pad matrix readout concept for multi-anode photomultiplier tube

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    Since the readout concept for multi-anode photomultiplier tube with a pad matrix layout has been developed, much testing has been carried out to explore its performance, such as energy resolution,energy linearity, positioning capability. With various kinds of radioactive source irradiating on small cylindrical CsI crystal, it came out the conclusion that the novel readout board based on the pad matrix concept works well and each pixel of H9500 is clearly resolved. As long as the system performed well, it may be helpful in reducing readout channels of H9500, which could be a significant part of new generation of positron emission tomography system. (authors)

  16. Trigger-less readout architecture for the upgrade of the LHCb experiment at CERN

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    Alessio, F

    2013-01-01

    The LHCb experiment has proposed an upgrade of its detector in order to collect data at ten times its initial design luminosity. The current readout architecture will be upgraded by removing the existing first-level hardware trigger whose efficiency is limited for hadronic channels at high luminosity. The new readout system will record every LHC bunch crossing and send data to a trigger selection process performed entirely by software running in a computing farm. Therefore, the new readout system must cope with higher sub-detector occupancies, higher rate and higher network load. In this paper, we describe the architecture, functionalities and technological challenges of such an upgraded system.

  17. Technological Aspect of the Trigger-Less Readout Architecture for the LHCb Upgrade at CERN

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    Vouters, G

    2013-01-01

    The LHCb experiment has proposed an upgrade of its detector in order to collect data at ten times its initial design luminosity. The current readout architecture will be upgraded by removing the existing first-level hardware trigger whose efficiency is limited for hadronic channels at high luminosity. The new readout system will record every LHC bunch crossing and send data to a trigger selection process performed entirely by software running in a computing farm. Therefore, the new readout system must cope with higher sub-detector occupancies, higher rate and higher network load. In this paper, we describe the architecture, functionalities and technological challenges of such an upgraded system.

  18. Impact of the 'non-destructive' multiple-readout on the Lorentzian noise

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    In this paper, we discuss the effect of 'non-destructive' multiple-readout on the Lorentzian noise. To our knowledge, it is the first time that such interaction is investigated. We have studied the peculiarities of the shape of the optimum weighting function for the multiple-readout technique in the presence of Lorentzian noise and other noise sources. The impact of the Lorentzian noise on the resolution achievable with the multiple-readout technique is analyzed in detail with respect to the interaction between the oscillation time and the characteristic time constant of the Lorentzian noise

  19. The AMS silicon tracker readout: performance results with minimum ionizing particles

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    Alpat, B.; Ambrosi, G.; Battiston, R.; Bourquin, M.; Burger, W.J. E-mail: william.burger@cern.ch; Extermann, P.; Chang, Y.H.; Hou, S.R.; Pauluzzi, M.; Produit, N.; Qiu, S.; Rapin, D.; Ribordy, M.; Toker, O.; Wu, S.X

    2000-01-01

    First results for the AMS silicon tracker readout performance are presented. Small 20.0x20.0x0.300 mm{sup 3} silicon microstrip detectors were installed in a 50 GeV electron beam at CERN. The detector readout consisted of prototypes of the tracker data reduction card equipped with a 12-bit ADC and the tracker frontend hybrid with VA{sub h}dr readout chips. The system performance is assessed in terms of signal-to-noise, position resolution, and efficiency.

  20. LHCb : Clock and timing distribution in the LHCb upgraded detector and readout system

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    Alessio, Federico; Barros Marin, M; Cachemiche, JP; Hachon, F; Jacobsson, Richard; Wyllie, Ken

    2014-01-01

    The LHCb experiment is upgrading part of its detector and the entire readout system towards a full 40 MHz readout system in order to run between five and ten times its initial design luminosity and increase its trigger efficiency. In this paper, the new timing, trigger and control distribution system for such an upgrade is reviewed with particular attention given to the distribution of the clock and timing information across the entire readout system, up to the FE and the on-detector electronics. Current ideas are here presented in terms of reliability, jitter, complexity and implementation.