Development of a hybrid MSGC detector for thermal neutron imaging with a MHz data acquisition and histogramming system

Citation
B. Gebauer et al., Development of a hybrid MSGC detector for thermal neutron imaging with a MHz data acquisition and histogramming system, NUCL INST A, 471(1-2), 2001, pp. 249-253
Citations number
9
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Spectroscopy /Instrumentation/Analytical Sciences","Instrumentation & Measurement
Journal title
NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
ISSN journal
0168-9002 → ACNP
Volume
471
Issue
1-2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
249 - 253
Database
ISI
SICI code
0168-9002(20010921)471:1-2<249:DOAHMD>2.0.ZU;2-5
Abstract
For thermal neutron imaging at the next generation of high-flux pulsed neut ron sources a large area and fourfold segmented, hybrid, low-pressure, two- dimensional position sensitive, microstrip gas chamber detector, fabricated in a multilayer technology on glass substrates, is presently being develop ed, which utilizes a thin composite Gd-157/CsI neutron converter. The prese nt article focusses on the readout scheme and the data acquisition (DAQ) sy stem. For position encoding, interpolating and fast multihit delay line bas ed electronics is applied with up to eightfold sub-segmentation per geometr ical detector segment. All signals, i.e. position, time-of-flight and pulse -height signals, are fed into deadtime-less 8-channel multihit TDC chips wi th 120 ps LSB via constant fraction and time-over-threshold discriminators, respectively. The multihit capability is utilized to raise the count rate limit in combination with a sum check algorithm for disentangling pulses fr om different events. The first version of the DAQ system uses the PCI form factor and comprises one slow control board and up to four boards for DAQ a nd real time histogramming with up to 2 MHz per board. Each DAQ board incor porates four TDC chips, up to 256 Mbytes of histogram memory and a 1 GFLOP DSP. The time of flight can be measured with a precision of a few LSB up to ranges > 100 ms. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.