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Status of the NectarCAM camera project
Author(s): J.-F. Glicenstein; M. Barcelo; J.-A. Barrio; O. Blanch; J. Boix; J. Bolmont; C. Boutonnet; P. Brun; E. Chabanne; C. Champion; S. Colonges; P. Corona; B. Courty; E. Delagnes; C. Delgado; C. Diaz; J.-P. Ernenwein; S. Fegan; O. Ferreira; M. Fesquet; G. Fontaine; N. Fouque; F. Henault; D. Gascón; B. Giebels; D. Herranz; R. Hermel; D. Hoffmann; D. Horan; J. Houles; P. Jean; S. Karkar; J. Knödlseder; G. Martinez; G. Lamanna; T. LeFlour; A. Lévêque; R. Lopez-Coto; F. Louis; Y. Moudden; E. Moulin; P. Nayman; F. Nunio; J.-F. Olive; J.-L. Panazol; S. Pavy; P.-O. Petrucci; M. Punch; Julie Prast; P. Ramon; S. Rateau; M. Ribó; S. Rosier-Lees; A. Sanuy; P. Sizun; J. Sieiro; K.-H. Sulanke; J.-P. Tavernet; L. A. Tejedor; F. Toussenel; G. Vasileiadis; V. Voisin; V. Waegebert; C. Zurbach
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Paper Abstract

NectarCAM is a camera designed for the medium-sized telescopes of the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) covering the central energy range 100 GeV to 30 TeV. It has a modular design based on the NECTAr chip, at the heart of which is a GHz sampling Switched Capacitor Array and 12-bit Analog to Digital converter. The camera will be equipped with 265 7-photomultiplier modules, covering a field of view of 7 to 8 degrees. Each module includes the photomultiplier bases, High Voltage supply, pre-amplifier, trigger, readout and Thernet transceiver. Events recorded last between a few nanoseconds and tens of nanoseconds. A flexible trigger scheme allows to read out very long events. NectarCAM can sustain a data rate of 10 kHz. The camera concept, the design and tests of the various subcomponents and results of thermal and electrical prototypes are presented. The design includes the mechanical structure, the cooling of electronics, read-out, clock distribution, slow control, data-acquisition, trigger, monitoring and services. A 133-pixel prototype with full scale mechanics, cooling, data acquisition and slow control will be built at the end of 2014.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9154, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VI, 91541D (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056277
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J.-F. Glicenstein, CEA-IRFU (France)
M. Barcelo, Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (Spain)
J.-A. Barrio, Univ. Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
O. Blanch, Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (Spain)
J. Boix, Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (Spain)
J. Bolmont, Lab. de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie/Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
C. Boutonnet, AstroParticule et Cosmologie, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
P. Brun, Lab. Univers et Particules de Montpellier, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
E. Chabanne, Lab. d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
C. Champion, AstroParticule et Cosmologie, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
S. Colonges, AstroParticule et Cosmologie, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
P. Corona, Lab. de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie/Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
B. Courty, AstroParticule et Cosmologie, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
E. Delagnes, CEA-IRFU (France)
C. Delgado, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
C. Diaz, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
J.-P. Ernenwein, Ctr. de Physique des Particules de Marseille, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
S. Fegan, Lab. Leprince-Ringuet, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
O. Ferreira, Lab. Leprince-Ringuet, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
M. Fesquet, CEA-IRFU (France)
G. Fontaine, Lab. Leprince-Ringuet, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
N. Fouque, Lab. d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
F. Henault, Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, INSU, CNRS (France)
D. Gascón, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
B. Giebels, Lab. Leprince-Ringuet, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
D. Herranz, Univ. Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
R. Hermel, Lab. d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
D. Hoffmann, Ctr. de Physique des Particules de Marseille, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
D. Horan, Lab. Leprince-Ringuet, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
J. Houles, Ctr. de Physique des Particules de Marseille, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
P. Jean, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, INSU, CNRS (France)
S. Karkar, Lab. de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie/Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
J. Knödlseder, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, INSU, CNRS (France)
G. Martinez, Ctr. de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (Spain)
G. Lamanna, Lab. d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
T. LeFlour, Lab. d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
A. Lévêque, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, INSU, CNRS (France)
R. Lopez-Coto, Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (Spain)
F. Louis, CEA-IRFU (France)
Y. Moudden, CEA-IRFU (France)
E. Moulin, CEA-IRFU (France)
P. Nayman, Lab. de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie/Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
F. Nunio, CEA-IRFU (France)
J.-F. Olive, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, INSU, CNRS (France)
J.-L. Panazol, Lab. d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
S. Pavy, Lab. Leprince-Ringuet, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
P.-O. Petrucci, Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, INSU, CNRS (France)
M. Punch, AstroParticule et Cosmologie, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules (France)
Julie Prast, Lab. d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
P. Ramon, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, INSU, CNRS (France)
S. Rateau, Lab. Leprince-Ringuet, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
M. Ribó, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
S. Rosier-Lees, Lab. d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
A. Sanuy, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
P. Sizun, CEA-IRFU (France)
J. Sieiro, Univ. de Barcelona (Spain)
K.-H. Sulanke, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (Germany)
J.-P. Tavernet, Lab. de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie/Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
L. A. Tejedor, Univ. Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
F. Toussenel, Lab. de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie/Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
G. Vasileiadis, Lab. Univers et Particules de Montpellier, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
V. Voisin, Lab. de Physique Nucléaire et de Hautes Energies, IN2P3, CNRS (France)
Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie/Univ. Paris Diderot (France)
V. Waegebert, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie, INSU, CNRS (France)
C. Zurbach, Lab. Univers et Particules de Montpellier, IN2P3, CNRS (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9154:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VI
Andrew D. Holland; James Beletic, Editor(s)

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