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A Large-Scale FPGA-Based Trigger and Dead-Time Free DAQ System for the Kaos Spectrometer at MAMI

By P. Achenbach, C. Ayerbe Gayoso, J. C. Bernauer, R. Böhm, D. Bosnar, L. Debenjak, M. O. Distler, A. Esser, I. Friščić, M. Gómez Rodríguez de la Paz, J. Hoffmann, M. Makek, H. Merkel, S. Minami, U. Müller, L. Nungesser, W. Ott, J. Pochodzalla, M. Potokar, I. Rusanov, T. R. Saito, S. Sánchez Majos, B. S. Schlimme, S. Širca, S. Voltz, K. Weindel and M. Weinriefer


The Kaos spectrometer is maintained by the A1 collaboration at the Mainz Microtron MAMI with a focus on the study of (e,e'K^+) coincidence reactions. For its electron-arm two vertical planes of fiber arrays, each comprising approximately 10 000 fibers, are operated close to zero degree scattering angle and in close proximity to the electron beam. A nearly dead-time free DAQ system to acquire timing and tracking information has been installed for this spectrometer arm. The signals of 144 multi-anode photomultipliers are collected by 96-channel front-end boards, digitized by double-threshold discriminators and the signal time is picked up by state-of-the-art F1 time-to-digital converter chips. In order to minimize background rates a sophisticated trigger logic was implemented in newly developed Vuprom modules. The trigger performs noise suppression, signal cluster finding, particle tracking, and coincidence timing, and can be expanded for kinematical matching (e'K^+) coincidences. The full system was designed to process more than 4 000 read-out channels and to cope with the high electron flux in the spectrometer and the high count rate requirement of the detectors. It was successfully in-beam tested at MAMI in 2009.Comment: Contributed to 17th IEEE Real Time Conference (RT10), Lisbon, 24-28 May 201

Topics: Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors, Nuclear Experiment
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1109/TNS.2011.2157523
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