July 29, 2015 to August 6, 2015
World Forum
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TARGET: toward a solution for the readout electronics of the Cherenkov Telescope Array

Aug 1, 2015, 3:30 PM
Mississippi Foyer (World Forum)

Mississippi Foyer

World Forum

Churchillplein 10 2517 JW Den Haag The Netherlands
Board: 113
Poster contribution GA-IN Poster 2 GA


Luigi Tibaldo (SLAC)


TARGET is an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) designed to perform the readout of signals recorded by the photosensors in cameras of very-high-energy gamma-ray telescopes exploiting the imaging of Cherenkov radiation from atmospheric showers. TARGET capabilities include sampling at a high rate (typically 1 GSample/s), digitization, and triggering on the sum of four adjacent pixels.  The small size, large number of channels read out per ASIC (16), and low cost per channel make TARGET ideally suited for the readout in systems with a large number of telescopes instrumented with compact photosensors like multi-anode and  silicon photomultipliers. The possible advantages of such systems are better sensitivity, and, for telescopes with dual-mirror optics, a larger field of view and improved angular resolution. The two latest generations of TARGET ASICs, TARGET-5 and TARGET-7, are soon to be used for the first time in two prototypes of small-sized and medium-sized dual-mirror telescopes proposed in the framework of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) project. In this contribution we report on the performance of the ASICs and discuss further developments.
Collaboration CTA
Registration number following "ICRC2015-I/" 97

Primary author


Dr Akira Okumura (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University) Dr Andrea Albert (SLAC) Prof. Gary Varner (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Hawaii) Prof. Hiroyasu Tajima (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University) Dr Justin Vandenbroucke (Department of Physics and Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, University of Wisconsin) Prof. Stefan Funk (Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg) Mr Takanori Kawashima (Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University)

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