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FITPix COMBO : Timepix detector with integrated analog signal spectrometric readout

HOLÍK, M., KRAUS, V., GEORGIEV, V., GRANJA, C. FITPix COMBO : Timepix detector with integrated analog signal spectrometric readout. Journal of Instrumentation, 2016, roč. 11, č. 2, s. 1-11. ISSN: 1748-0221
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: FITPix COMBO : Timepix detector with integrated analog signal spectrometric readout
Rok vydání: 2016
Autoři: Ing. Michael Holík , Ing. Václav Kraus , Doc. Dr. Ing. Vjačeslav Georgiev , Doc. Carlos Granja Ph.D
Abstrakt EN: The hybrid semiconductor pixel detector Timepix has proven a powerful tool in radiation detection and imaging. Energy loss and directional sensitivity as well as particle type resolving power are possible by high resolution particle tracking and per-pixel energy and quantum-counting capability. The spectrometric resolving power of the detector can be further enhanced by analyzing the analog signal of the detector common sensor electrode (also called back-side pulse). In this work we present a new compact readout interface, based on the FITPix readout architecture, extended with integrated analog electronics for the detector’s common sensor signal. Integrating simultaneous operation of the digital per-pixel information with the common sensor (called also back-side electrode) analog pulse processing circuitry into one device enhances the detector capabilities and opens new applications. Thanks to noise suppression and built-in electromagnetic interference shielding the common hardware platform enables parallel analog signal spectroscopy on the back side pulse signal with full operation and read-out of the pixelated digital part, the noise level is 600 keV and spectrometric resolution around 100 keV for 5.5 MeV alpha particles. Self-triggering is implemented with delay of few tens of ns making use of adjustable low-energy threshold of the particle analog signal amplitude. The digital pixelated full frame can be thus triggered and recorded together with the common sensor analog signal. The waveform, which is sampled with frequency 100 MHz, can be recorded in adjustable time window including time prior to the trigger level. An integrated software tool provides control, on-line display and read-out of both analog and digital channels. Both the pixelated digital record and the analog waveform are synchronized and written out by common time stamp.
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