July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
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Development of new front end electronics for the SciCRT detector at Sierra Negra, Mexico

Aug 1, 2015, 3:30 PM
1h
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Poster contribution SH-IN Poster 2 SH

Speaker

Marcos Alfonso Anzorena Méndez (Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Description

The SciCRT (SciBar Cosmic Ray Telescope) is a new cosmic-ray experiment, an improved solar neutron telescope and muon detector, composed of 14 848 scintillator bars arranged to track and record energy of incident particles. The detector was installed at the top of Sierra Negra volcano in Mexico (4600 m above sea level) and 5/8 of the full SciCRT has been in operation since March 2014. To optimize the detector for operation at the mountain, a new fast readout electronics was developed (described in a separate paper by Y. Sasai et al. ) and is planned to be installed soon. However, current design of front end electronics (inherited from K2K experiment) prevents the completion of the experiment. Existing front end boards (FEB) employ ASIC technology to reduce board size, making construction of new boards expensive. Even operating at 5/8 of the detector’s full capacity, there are not enough FEBs to consider a long term observation. There- fore, If we want to complete the installation of the full SciCRT and ensure its function over an extended period of time, front end electronics must be upgraded. For the development of new FEBs we plan to implement a time over threshold (ToT) processor using a Field programmable gate array. The purpose of this method is to measure deposited energy using simpler electronics than conventional pulse-height processing circuits. Since the relationship between ToT and deposited charge is non-linear, we also need to adapt the basic ToT method to achieve better linearity and resolution. In this paper we will present the details of the proposed system and some tests of ToT method applied to the SciCRT detector.
Collaboration -- not specified --
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 693

Primary author

Marcos Alfonso Anzorena Méndez (Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Co-authors

Prof. Akitoshi Oshima (College of Engineering, Chubu University) Mr Alejandro Hurtado Pizano (Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Diego Lopez (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University) Ernesto Ortiz (Instituto de Geofísica) Dr Harufumi Tushiya (Japan Atomic Energy Agency) Prof. Hiroshi Kojima (Faculty of Engineering, Aichi Institute of Technology) Prof. Hisanori Takamaru (College of Engineering, Chubu University) Prof. José Francisco Valdés-Galicia (Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Prof. Kato Chihiro (Department of Physics, Shinshu University) Prof. Kazuoki Munakata (Department of Physics, Shinshu University) Dr Kyoko Watanabe ((Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) Dr Luis Xavier Gonzaléz Méndez (SCiESMEX, Instituto de Geofísica, Unidad Michoacán, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Mr Marco Barrantes (Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Mr Masayoshi Kozai (Department of Physics, Shinshu University) Mr Octavio Felix Musalem Clemente (Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Rikiya Hikimochi (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University) Rocío García Gínez (Instituto de Geofísica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) Prof. Shoichi Shibata (College of Engineering, Chubu University) Mr Takaaki Nakajima (Department of Physics, Shinshu University) Mr Takahiro Oshima (Department of Physics, Shinshu University) Prof. Takashi Sako (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University) Prof. Tatsumi Koi (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory) Mr Yoshiaki Nakamura (Department of Physics, Shinshu University) Yoshinori Sasai (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University) Prof. Yoshitaka Itow (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University) Prof. Yutaka Matsubara (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University)

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