We have designed and fabricated a 16-channel Waveform Sampling ASIC for radiation detection and measurement. Waveform sampling is very important for the pulse shape analysis and discrimination, which is often used in radiation detection to discriminate different radiations such as alpha, beta and gamma rays. One channel of the fabricated ASIC consists of a charge-sensitive preamplifier, a VGA (Variable Gain Amplifier), an ADC (Analog to Digital Converter) and digital circuits. The preamplifier converts the current signal to the voltage signal, and the VGA amplifies the signal to appropriate level for the ADC. The ADC was designed to digitize the waveform with a frequency of 100 MHz and a resolution of 6bits. Digital circuits consist of a free-running ADC and a multiplexer which were designed to convert a digitized 100 MHz/6bit signal to a 200 MHz/3bit one, which is effective for the reduction of the number and for the achievement of the high integration in one chip. This chip was designed and fabricated with 0.35 μm CMOS technology by ROHM and the size of the ASIC is 4.9 mm by 4.9 mm. The design concept and some experimental results are shown in this paper.
- Pulse shape discrimination
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