Résumé du preprint DAPNIA-07-233

AFTER, an ASIC for the Readout of the Large T2K Time Projection Chambers.
P. Baron, E. Delagnes, D. Calvet, X. de la Broise, A. Delbart, F. Druillole, J-L. Fallou, E. Mazzucato, E. Monmarthe, F. Pierre, A. Sarrat, E. Zonca, M. Zito
The T2K (Tokai-to-Kamioka) experiment is a long baseline neutrino oscillation experiment in Japan, for which a near detector complex (ND280), used to characterized the beam, will be built 280m from the target in the off-axis direction of the neutrino beam produced using  the 50 GeV proton synchrotron of  J-PARC (Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex). The central part of the ND280 is a detector including 3 large Time Projection Chambers based on Micromegas gas amplification technology with anodes pixilated into about 125,000 pads and requiring therefore compact and low power readout electronics. A 72-channel front-end Application Specific Integrated Circuit has been developed to read these TPCs. Each channel includes a low noise charge preamplifier, a pole zero compensation stage, a second order Sallen-Key low pass filter and a 511-cell Switched Capacitor Array. This electronics offers a large flexibility in sampling frequency (50 MHz max.), shaping time (16 values from 100ns & 2s), gain (4 gains from 120 fC to 600 fC), while taking advantage of the relatively low physics events rate of 0.3 Hz. Fabricated in 0.35 μm CMOS technology, the prototype has been validated and meets all the requirements for the experiment so that mass production will be launched at the end of 2007.


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