Microchannel plate position read-out system using field programmable gate arrays

Seferiadis, G., Pouchet, M. and Gough, M. P. (2005) Microchannel plate position read-out system using field programmable gate arrays. Review of Scientific Instruments, 76 (6). p. 63305. ISSN 0034-6748

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This article describes a technique that was developed to register particle events from a microchannel plate (MCP) used as the position sensitive detector within an electron spectrograph instrument. The MCP/amplification section is composed of 2 Z-stack MCP modules, an anode pattern connected to a passive delay line, and associated amplification circuitry. The digital output pulses from the amplification circuit are fed into a decoding architecture composed of delay chains integrated inside a field programmable gate array. Test results of the read-out system with delay line simulated input signals, have shown a good response with less than 1 error per 108 particle incident events. Initial tests with a MCP delay line anode have verified this technique and can be used to detect electron positions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by American Institute of Physics
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Depositing User: Paul Gough
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:50
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/465
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