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[en] Silicon photomultpiliers are robust, low voltage sensors capable of measuring low light levels. They are well suited for use in a cosmic ray detector using scintillator embedded with wavelength shifting fibre, designed for lab based and high altitude cosmic ray experiments. The development of such a detector, using an ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller based data acquisition system is discussed.
[en] The electronics of the data acquisition system based on silicon photomultipliers is briefly described. The elements and modules of the system were designed and constructed at ITEP especially for the DANSS detector. Examples of digitized signals obtained with the presented electronic modules and selected results on processing of the DANSS engineering data-taking run in spring 2016 are given.
[en] Modern precision neutrino experiments like Double Chooz require a highly efficient trigger system in order to reduce systematic uncertainties. The trigger and timing system of the Double Chooz experiment was designed according to this goal. The Double Chooz trigger system is driven by the basic idea of triggering on multiple thresholds according to the total visible energy and additionally triggering on the number of active photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) in the detector. To do so, the trigger system continuously monitors the analogue signals from all PMTs in the detector. The amplitudes of these PMT-signals are summed for groups of certain PMTs (group signals) and for all PMTs (sum signal), respectively. The group signals are discriminated by two thresholds for each input channel and four thresholds for the sum signal. The resulting signals are processed by the trigger logic unit which is implemented in a FPGA. In addition to the proper trigger, the trigger system provides a common clock signal for all subsequent data acquisition systems to guarantee a synchronous readout of the Double Chooz detectors. The present design of the system provides a high flexibility for the applied logic and settings, making it useful for experiments other than Double Chooz. The Double Chooz trigger and timing system was installed and commissioned in 2011. This article describes the hardware of the trigger and timing system. Furthermore the setup, implemented trigger logic and performance of the trigger and timing system for the Double Chooz experiment is presented.
[en] Here we detail the new data acquisition system (DAS) developed for the CSIRO Nuclear Microprobe primarily to handle large detector arrays and to work in tandem with the Maia detector system. Both systems use HYMOD FPGA-based processors. The current DAQ system and its microscopy suite and beam handling have been integrated with the HYMOD system(s) to facilitate easy access to the either system. Examples of the new scanning modes available with the combined system are highlighted on a complex Cambrian black shale sample from the Yangtze basin in Southern China.
[en] CERN relies on OPC Server implementations from third party device vendors to provide a software interface to their respective hardware. Each time a vendor releases a new OPC Server version it is regression tested internally to verify that existing functionality has not been inadvertently broken during the process of adding new features. In addition bugs and problems must be communicated to the vendors in a reliable and portable way. This presentation covers the automated test approach used at CERN to cover both cases: scripts are written in a domain specific language specifically created for describing OPC tests and executed by a custom software engine driving the OPC Server implementation. The OPC test script runner has been used to successfully narrow down operations causing a memory leak in an OPC server from an industrial power supply vendor
[en] LAMPS is a Data Acquisition software (DAQ) supporting varied controller type on CAMAC and VME platform. The thrust of recent software development has been centered on VME platform. This paper talks about recent improvements made in VME-LAMPS, as a result
[en] The Super-Kamiokande (SK) experiment has been developing an extensive R and D program to develop a technique that would allow tagging of antineutrinos at SK. This technique is based on the simple idea of adding Gadolinium (Gd) to water, a solute with exceptional properties. A 200 ton tank facility is now under construction in a new hall near SK. It simulates the conditions at SK in order to further develop this technique and serve as a ground field to test it. It will have its own water filtration system, photo-multipliers, data acquisition system (DAQ) and other ancillary equipment.
[en] The Compressed Baryonic Matter experiment (CBM) at the future Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) is a a fixed-target setup operating at very high interaction rates up to 10 MHz. The high rate capability can be achieved with fast and radiation hard detectors equipped with free-streaming readout electronics. A high-speed data acquisition (DAQ) system will forward data volumes of up to 1 TB/s from the CBM cave to the first level event selector (FLES), located 400 m apart. This presentation showcases recent developments of DAQ components for CBM. We highlight the anticipated DAQ setup for beam tests scheduled for the end of 2015.
[en] Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (QMS) is an extremely versatile analytical instrument with applications in wide areas of science and technology like gas analysis, advanced surface science, plasma characterization etc. The data acquisition system (DAS) is composed of the software and interface to the instrument whereby the instrument parameters are controlled and TPD, BARC has been developing QMS since long. For these instruments we had been using off-the-shelf Data Acquisition (DAQ) Card available in the market. Installation criteria of these DAQ and their driver software in the Personal Computer (PC), varies with the PC hardware viz. buses, configuration and operating system etc. which ultimately changes in the software interface code to the DAS. To curbe these issues, it was desirable to have a DAS wherein a DAQ card could be interfaced to PC through standard interface. Thus a multifunction card was developed in TPD that can be operated over serial bus. The DAS has been developed using this card for QMS. This paper discusses its features
[en] The Pixel Detector of the ATLAS experiment at CERN will be upgraded with an Insertable B-Layer (IBL) in 2013. To handle the data readout the currently used VME card pairs consisting of a back of crate card (BOC) and a read out driver (ROD) are being redesigned. This paper presents details of the hardware design of the new BOC prototype, which takes advantage from modern FPGA technology and commercial optical modules and abandons the need for a variety of custom components used on the old card. Also the throughput is four times higher and additional features are implemented.