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Monolithic multichannel GSa/s transient waveform recorder for measuring radio emissions from high-energy particle cascades
Author(s): Gary S. Varner; Peter W. Gorham; Jing Cao
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Paper Abstract

A number of particle astrophysics initiatives to exploit radio emission from high energy particle cascades require high-frequency sampling of antenna array signals. Nyquist-limited sampling of GHz frequency radio signals for an antenna array may be accomplished by commercially available test units. However, these technologies are incompatible with the size, power and cost constraints of long-duration balloon or satellite flight. Taking advantage of low trigger rates for such arrays, high resolution digitization may be performed a postori, at much slower speed and power, on waveforms stored in analog storage cells. This paper presents the design and performance simulation of a multi-channel CMOS VLSI ASIC named STRAW (Self-Triggered Recorder for Analog Waveforms), optimized for low duty-cycle, high sampling frequency operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2003
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4858, Particle Astrophysics Instrumentation, (3 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.458018
Show Author Affiliations
Gary S. Varner, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Peter W. Gorham, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)
Jing Cao, Univ. of Hawaii/Manoa (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4858:
Particle Astrophysics Instrumentation
Peter W. Gorham, Editor(s)

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