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TARGET ASIC-Based Data Acquisition System for the Readout Electronics of the WATCHMAN Detector

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Title:TARGET ASIC-Based Data Acquisition System for the Readout Electronics of the WATCHMAN Detector
Authors:Duron Colindres, Jose Daniel
Contributors:Varner, Gary S. (advisor)
Physics (department)
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Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:The WATer CHerenkov Monitor for ANtineutrinos (WATCHMAN), is a new detector concept for nuclear non-proliferation monitoring. WATCHMAN will use inverse beta decay reactions in its gadolinium-doped water tank to detect the low energy antineutrinos from nuclear reactions. The detector consists of a 5 kiloton water tank instrumented with around 3600 photomultiplier tubes. This thesis presents the design, simulation and testing of the TARGETC ASIC-based FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) Prototype as a demonstration that a TARGET solution will satisfy WATCHMAN's readout requirements. The TARGETC FMC Prototype is a cost-effective data acquisition system that can handle a large number of photomultiplier tubes while digitizing the signals at a high sampling rate. The system uses the TARGETC ASIC, developed by the University of Hawaii as a multi-channel transient waveform digitizer. Employing a commercial System-On-Module with a Zynq-based FPGA, the TARGETC FMC Prototype system offers a self-triggered, dead-time less (at 10 kHz trigger rate), low-cost system compared to commercial alternatives. Simulations of the readout module under 10 kHz dark noise rate are carried out to ensure 100% efficient capture of neutrino inverse-beta decay events.
Pages/Duration:62 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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