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The BaBar RadFET monitoring board

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9 Author(s)
B. Camanzi ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., Brunel Univ., Uxbridge, UK ; H. B. Crawley ; A. Holmes-Siedle ; R. L. McKay
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The monitoring board to interface the RadFET integrated radiation dosimeters to the BaBar detector control system is described. RadFET sensors are specially designed p-channel MOSFET transistors that measure lifetime integrated radiation exposure by measuring the source-drain voltage at a fixed current. As the device is irradiated, positive space charge is trapped in the oxide layer, which results in an increase in the source-drain voltage. Communication with the BaBar detector control system proceeds via a CANbus interface using a Motorola microcontroller on the monitoring board and the BaBar standard monitoring tools on the BaBar side. The RadFET monitoring board (RMB) can read up to 32 sensors. A manual control allows for adjustment of an offset voltage to increase the maximum readable value as the device receives more exposure while retaining the original circuit precision. Results from monitoring during the first years of BaBar running are presented.

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 3 )