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Development of hybrid MSGC detectors with high position and time-of-flight resolution for neutron scattering experiments at ESS
Author(s): Christian Schulz; Burckhard Gebauer; Guenter Richter; Bernhard Namaschk; Lev N. Balykov; Feodosi V. Levchanovski; Alexander Nikiforov; Vladimir I. Shashkin; Alexander Yurievich Klimov; Vladimir V. Rogov
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Paper Abstract

For thermal neutron experiments at ESS very high resolution and fast hybrid microstrip gas chamber (MSGC) detectors are being developed at HMI, which lend themselves for setting up large-area detector arrays comprising detector cells of 285 mm x 285 mm size. These detectors utilize a composite 157Gd/CsI foil converter and novel robust multilayer microstrip glass plates, which are optimized for a low-pressure two-stage gas amplification mode. Using a delay-line based, interpolating readout mode with sub-segmentation on the plates, the detectors have the potential to combine position resolutions of 0.1-0.3 mm FWHM, time-of-flight (TOF) resolutions of less than 10 ns and a counting rate capability in the range of Mevents/s per cell, which is limited by the present version of the data acquisition system. To handle these high data rates a PCI-bus board has been developed comprising four 8-channel multihit TDC chips (~150 ps LSB) of the F1 type, one digital signal processor (1 GFLOP DSP) for online data processing and a histogram memory (HM) of 256 MB. By means of the DSP the data of the registered coordinates X, Y, TOF and pulse-height, measured by means of time-over-threshold discriminators in the TDCs, can either be calibrated and transformed online into 2D spectra accumulated in the HM or read out in list-mode.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 November 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4785, Advances in Neutron Scattering Instrumentation, (18 November 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454821
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Christian Schulz, Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin (Germany)
Burckhard Gebauer, Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin (Germany)
Guenter Richter, Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin (Germany)
Bernhard Namaschk, Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin (Germany)
Lev N. Balykov, Hahn-Meitner-Institut (Germany)
Feodosi V. Levchanovski, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russia)
Alexander Nikiforov, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Russia)
Vladimir I. Shashkin, Institute for Physics of Microstructures (Russia)
Alexander Yurievich Klimov, Institute for Physics of Microstructures (Russia)
Vladimir V. Rogov, Institute for Physics of Microstructures (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4785:
Advances in Neutron Scattering Instrumentation
Ian S. Anderson; Bruno Guérard, Editor(s)

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