Design of a Low-Noise, Charge Sensitive Amplifier for MCP-PMT Detector Readout

Jun 6, 2014, 11:20 AM
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Beurs van Berlage

Oral Data-processing: 3a) Front-end Electronics III.a FE & ASICs


Dr Michael Cooney (University of Hawai'i at Manoa)


Readout of micro-channel plate detectors using cross strip anodes require low noise, fast charge sensitive amplifier (CSA) front-end electronics. The goal of this CSA project is to improve noise and shaping time from the "PreShape32" amplifier ASIC of the RD-20 collaboration at CERN, presently used in the readout system. A target noise of 100e- + 50e-/pF (<1000e- noise overall) with <100ns shaping time is desired. Overall gain should be better than 5mV/fC. Two amplifiers have been manufactured and tested (CSAv1 and CSAv2) with a third presently being designed. All have been designed using a 130nm IBM CMOS process.

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Dr Michael Cooney (University of Hawai'i at Manoa)


Dr Gary Varner (University of Hawai'i at Manoa) Mr Harley Cumming (University of Hawai'i at Manoa) Dr John Vallerga (University of California, Berkeley) Mr Rick Raffanti (Techne Instruments) Dr Seljak Andrej (University of Hawai'i at Manoa)

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