Front-End Electronics for the SiPM-Readout Gaseous TPC for Neutrinoless Double-Beta Decay Search

K. Z. Nakamura, S. Ban, A. K. Ichikawa, M. Ikeno, K. D. Nakamura, T. Nakaya, S. Obara, S. Tanaka, T. Uchida, M. Yoshida

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Abstract

We have developed a dedicated front-end electronics board for a high-pressure xenon gas time projection chamber for a neutrinoless double-beta decay search. The ionization signal is read out by detecting electroluminescence photons with silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs). The board reads out the signal from 56 SiPMs and records the waveforms at 5 MS/s with a wide dynamic range up to 4000 photons/200 ns. The SiPM bias voltages are provided by the board. Fine adjustment of the bias voltage for each channel is realized while keeping the dc coupling readout constant, which is indispensable for readout of microsecond-long pulses or at high rate environment. Additional analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) measure one photon-equivalent dark current for calibration and monitoring of the SiPM. The obtained performance satisfies the requirement for a neutrinoless double-beta decay search.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9072179
Pages (from-to)1772-1776
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Volume67
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Front-end electronics
  • neutrinoless double-beta decay
  • silicon photomultiplier (SiPM)
  • time projection chamber (TPC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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