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First light on a new fully digital camera based on SiPM for CTA SST-1M telescope
Author(s): Domenico della Volpe; Imen Al Samarai; Cyril Alispach; Tomasz Bulik; Jerzy Borkowski; Franck Cadoux; Victor Coco; Yannick Favre; Mira Grudzińska; Matthieu Heller; Marek Jamrozy; Jerzy Kasperek; Etienne Lyard; Emil Mach; Dusan Mandat; Jerzy Michałowski; Rafal Moderski; Teresa Montaruli; Andrii Neronov; Jacek Niemiec; T. R. S. Njoh Ekoume; Michal Ostrowski; Paweł Paśko; Miroslav Pech; Pawel Rajda; Jakub Rafalski; Petr Schovanek; Karol Seweryn; Krzysztof Skowron; Vitalii Sliusar; Łukasz Stawarz; Magdalena Stodulska; Marek Stodulski; Petr Travnicek; Isaac Troyano Pujadas; Roland Walter; Adam Zagdański; Krzysztof Zietara
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Paper Abstract

The Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) will explore with unprecedented precision the Universe in the gammaray domain covering an energy range from 50 GeV to more the 300 TeV. To cover such a broad range with a sensitivity which will be ten time better than actual instruments, different types of telescopes are needed: the Large Size Telescopes (LSTs), with a ∼24 m diameter mirror, a Medium Size Telescopes (MSTs), with a ∼12 m mirror and the small size telescopes (SSTs), with a ∼4 m diameter mirror. The single mirror small size telescope (SST-1M), one of the proposed solutions to become part of the small-size telescopes of CTA, will be equipped with an innovative camera. The SST-1M has a Davies-Cotton optical design with a mirror dish of 4 m diameter and focal ratio 1.4 focussing the Cherenkov light produced in atmospheric showers onto a 90 cm wide hexagonal camera providing a FoV of 9 degrees. The camera is an innovative design based on silicon photomultipliers (SiPM ) and adopting a fully digital trigger and readout architecture. The camera features 1296 custom designed large area hexagonal SiPM coupled to hollow optical concentrators to achieve a pixel size of almost 2.4 cm. The SiPM is a custom design developed with Hamamatsu and with its active area of almost 1 cm2 is one of the largest monolithic SiPM existing. Also the optical concentrators are innovative being light funnels made of a polycarbonate substrate coated with a custom designed UV-enhancing coating. The analog signals coming from the SiPM are fed into the fully digital readout electronics, where digital data are processed by high-speed FPGAs both for trigger and readout. The trigger logic, implemented into an Virtex 7 FPGA, uses the digital data to elaborate a trigger decision by matching data against predefined patterns. This approach is extremely flexible and allows improvements and continued evolutions of the system. The prototype camera is being tested in laboratory prior to its installation expected in fall 2017 on the telescope prototype in Krakow (Poland). In this contribution, we will describe the design of the camera and show the performance measured in laboratory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2017
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 10399, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII, 1039906 (29 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2272601
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Domenico della Volpe, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Imen Al Samarai, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Cyril Alispach, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Tomasz Bulik, Univ. of Warsaw (Poland)
Jerzy Borkowski, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Franck Cadoux, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Victor Coco, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Yannick Favre, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Mira Grudzińska, Univ. of Warsaw (Poland)
Matthieu Heller, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Marek Jamrozy, Jagiellonian Univ. in Krakow (Poland)
Jerzy Kasperek, AGH Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)
Etienne Lyard, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Emil Mach, Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland)
Dusan Mandat, Institute of Physics of the the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Jerzy Michałowski, Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland)
Rafal Moderski, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Ctr. (Poland)
Teresa Montaruli, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Andrii Neronov, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Jacek Niemiec, Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland)
T. R. S. Njoh Ekoume, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Michal Ostrowski, Jagiellonian Univ. in Krakow (Poland)
Paweł Paśko, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Miroslav Pech, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Pawel Rajda, AGH Univ. of Science and Technology (Poland)
Jakub Rafalski, Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland)
Petr Schovanek, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i. (Czech Republic)
Karol Seweryn, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)
Krzysztof Skowron, Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland)
Vitalii Sliusar, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Łukasz Stawarz, Jagiellonian Univ. in Krakow (Poland)
Magdalena Stodulska, Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland)
Marek Stodulski, The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland)
Petr Travnicek, Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.i.i. (Czech Republic)
Isaac Troyano Pujadas, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Roland Walter, Univ. de Genève (Switzerland)
Adam Zagdański, Jagiellonian Univ. (Poland)
Krzysztof Zietara, Jagiellonian Univ. in Krakow (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10399:
Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy VIII
Stephen L. O'Dell; Giovanni Pareschi, Editor(s)

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