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System for photomultiplier tubes characterization and data acquisition for water Cherenkov detectors
Author(s): Mauro J. Bonilla Rosales; Esperanza Carrasco; Ibrahim Torres; Eduardo Moreno; Alberto Carramiñana
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Paper Abstract

A water Cherenkov detector uses the emission of Cherenkov radiation for detecting the trace of secondary particles generated by extensive air shower cascades traversing a purified water tank. These are used for the detection of high energy gamma-rays. A fundamental component of the detectors consists of the photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) used for detection of the Cherenkov radiation that is produced by very high energy particles moving faster than the speed of of light in the medium. INAOE, being one of the leading institutions of HAWC, decided to develop a system to characterize the PMTs that includes measurement of dark current, linear response region determination, response to a photoelectron and hence the gain. This characterization is indispensable when several PMTs operate in an array of water Cherenkov detectors. The system was further developed to simultaneously acquire data of several phototubes, allowing also to measure coincidences. Additionally, the VME scalers modules will be used to monitor up to 32 phototubes. This system has been used to characterize the PMTs of the LAGO experiment and can be used in the future for any type of PMT system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9154, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy VI, 915427 (23 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056589
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Mauro J. Bonilla Rosales, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
Esperanza Carrasco, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
Ibrahim Torres, Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)
Eduardo Moreno, Benemérita Univ. Autónoma de Puebla (Mexico)
Alberto Carramiñana , Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica (Mexico)


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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