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A TDC-Based System for X-Ray Imaging Detectors

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4 Author(s)
Filho, L.Md.A. ; Lab. de Sistemas de Deteccao, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ; Barbosa, A.F. ; Lima, H.P., Jr. ; Marinho, P.R.B.

An image acquisition system is presented for use with position sensitive detectors (PSD). The system is based on a high-resolution time-to-digital converter (TDC) and a field programmable gate array (FPGA). The detectors use gas as absorbing medium and two delay lines to identify the coordinates of each detected particle. The TDC translates the time information coming from the delay lines into digital words, from which the particle position coordinates are encoded. The FPGA is responsible for processing each event, controlling the data acquisition and communicating with a personal computer. 256 pixels \times 256 pixels images are stored into an on-board memory. This resolution is increased to 512 pixels \times 512 pixels by using a time multiplexing technique. The maximum data acquisition rate is 1.2 million events per second. X-ray images obtained with the system are shown, which illustrate the overall performance.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 4 )