The electronics, trigger and data acquisition system for the liquid argon time projection chamber of the DarkSide-50 search for dark matter

P. Agnes, I. F.M. Albuquerque, T. Alexander, A. K. Alton, K. Arisaka, D. M. Asner, M. Ave, H. O. Back, B. Baldin, K. Biery, V. Bocci, G. Bonfini, W. Bonivento, M. Bossa, B. Bottino, A. Brigatti, J. Brodsky, F. Budano, S. Bussino, M. CadedduM. Cadoni, F. Calaprice, N. Canci, A. Candela, H. Cao, M. Caravati, M. Cariello, M. Carlini, S. Catalanotti, V. Cataudella, P. Cavalcante, A. Chepurnov, C. Cicaló, A. G. Cocco, G. Covone, L. Crippa, D. D'Angelo, M. D'Incecco, S. Davini, A. De Candia, S. De Cecco, M. De Deo, G. De Filippis, G. De Rosa, M. De Vincenzi, A. Derbin, A. Devoto, F. Di Eusanio, C. Dionisi, G. Di Pietro, E. Edkins, A. Empl, A. Fan, G. Fiorillo, K. Fomenko, G. Forster, D. Franco, F. Gabriele, C. Galbiati, S. Giagu, C. Giganti, G. K. Giovanetti, A. M. Goretti, F. Granato, L. Grandi, M. Gromov, M. Guan, Y. Guardincerri, B. R. Hackett, K. R. Herner, D. Hughes, P. Humble, E. V. Hungerford, A. Ianni, A. Ianni, I. James, T. N. Johnson, K. Keeter, C. L. Kendziora, V. Kobychev, G. Koh, D. Korablev, G. Korga, A. Kubankin, X. Li, M. Lissia, B. Loer, P. Lombardi, G. Longo, S. Luitz, Y. Ma, A. Machado, I. N. Machulin, A. Mandarano, S. M. Mari, J. Maricic, L. Marini, C. J. Martoff, P. D. Meyers, T. Miletic, R. Milincic, D. Montanari, A. Monte, M. Montuschi, M. E. Monzani, P. Mosteiro, B. J. Mount, V. N. Muratova, P. Musico, A. Navrer Agasson, A. Nelson, S. Odrowski, A. Oleinik, M. Orsini, F. Ortica, L. Pagani, M. Pallavicini, E. Pantic, S. Parmeggiano, K. Pelczar, N. Pelliccia, A. Pocar, S. Pordes, D. A. Pugachev, H. Qian, K. Randle, G. Ranucci, M. Razeti, A. Razeto, B. Reinhold, A. L. Renshaw, M. Rescigno, Q. Riffard, A. Romani, B. Rossi, N. Rossi, S. D. Rountree, D. Sablone, P. Saggese, R. Saldanha, W. Sands, S. Sangiorgio, C. Savarese, B. Schlitzer, E. Segreto, D. A. Semenov, E. Shields, P. N. Singh, M. D. Skorokhvatov, O. Smirnov, A. Sotnikov, C. Stanford, Y. Suvorov, R. Tartaglia, J. Tatarowicz, G. Testera, A. Tonazzo, P. Trinchese, E. V. Unzhakov, M. Verducci, A. Vishneva, R. B. Vogelaar, M. Wada, S. Walker, H. Wang, Y. Wang, A. W. Watson, S. Westerdale, M. M. Wojcik, X. Xiang, X. Xiao, J. Xu, C. Yang, J. Yoo, S. Zavatarelli, A. Zec, W. Zhong, C. Zhu, G. Zuzel

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Abstract

The DarkSide-50 experiment at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso is a search for dark matter using a dual phase time projection chamber with 50 kg of low radioactivity argon as target. Light signals from interactions in the argon are detected by a system of 38 photo-multiplier tubes (PMTs), 19 above and 19 below the TPC volume inside the argon cryostat. We describe the electronics which processes the signals from the photo-multipliers, the trigger system which identifies events of interest, and the data-acquisition system which records the data for further analysis. The electronics include resistive voltage dividers on the PMTs, custom pre-amplifiers mounted directly on the PMT voltage dividers in the liquid argon, and custom amplifier/discriminators (at room temperature). After amplification, the PMT signals are digitized in CAEN waveform digitizers, and CAEN logic modules are used to construct the trigger; the data acquisition system for the TPC is based on the Fermilab artdaq software. The system has been in operation since early 2014.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberP12011
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Volume12
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Instrumentation

Keywords

  • Dark Matter detectors (WIMPs, axions, etc.)
  • Noble liquid detectors (scintillation, ionization, double-phase)

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