Tutor: GERACI ANGELO
Advisor: FIORINI CARLO ETTORE Major Research topic
:Development of multichannel data processing and acquisition systems for radiation detectorsAbstract:
The readout of large pixellated detectors with good spectroscopic quality represents a challenge for both front-end and back-end electronics. The TRISTAN project for the search of the Sterile neutrino in the keV-scale, envisions the operation of 21 detection modules equipped with a monolithic array of 166 SDDs each, for β-decay spectroscopy in the KATRIN experiment’s spectrometer. Since the trace of the sterile neutrino existence
would manifest as a kink of < 1ppm in the continuous spectrum, high accuracy in the acquisition is required. Within this framework, I present the design of a multichannel scalable analog processing and DAQ system named Kerberos, aimed to provide a simple and low-cost multichannel readout option in the early phase of the TRISTAN detector development. It is based on three 16-channel integrated programmable analog pulse processors (SFERA ASICs), high linearity ADCs, and an FPGA. The platform is able to acquire data from up to 48 pixels in parallel, providing also different readout and multiplexing strategies. The use of an analog ASIC-based solution instead of a Digital Pulse Processor, represents a viable and scalable processing solution at the price of slightly limited versatility and count rate.