Development of faster front end electronics for the SciCRT detector at Sierra Negra, Mexico
2017 August 16
The SciBar Cosmic ray telescope (SciCRT) is installed on the top of the Sierra Negra volcano with the main goal of observing solar neutrons to investigate the ion acceleration process during solar flares. Using scintillator bars as a medium to stop energetic particles, the SciCRT is capable of recording both energy deposited on the bars and direction of the incoming particles with high resolution. The original DAQ system was used in neutrino oscillation experiment (low event rate), therefore operation of the electronics on cosmic ray experiment is limited. To improve the SciCRT performance as a solar neutron telescope, development of custom made DAQ electronics is essential. Our first step onto this task was the design and construction of a new fast readout back-end board using SiTCP. The installation of this new system on Sierra Negra and its further improvement on the data acquisition for the detector will be analyzed on separate paper on this conference. The development of new front end electronics is the next stage of the upgrading process. To achieve this goal, we are developing new electronics applying the time over threshold (ToT) technique, using a FPGA to process the signal from one 64 channel multi anode photomutiplier tube (MAPMT). In this paper we will present the details of this new system and several tests performed to guarantee its proper operation to detect solar neutrons.