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Digitized preamplifiers: a circuit structure for sliding-scale optimization of the ADC range

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4 Author(s)
A. Pullia ; Dept. of Phys., Univ. of Milan, Italy ; S. Riboldi ; G. M. Franchi ; F. Zocca

This work deals with the digitization of charge-preamplifier waveforms obtained from X-ray and gamma-ray sensors. We suggest that the well-known "sliding-scale correction" structure can be inserted into a negative-feedback control loop to cancel the signal walks brought about by event pileup, low-frequency disturbances, microphonism, and hum. Cancellation of the walks permits to use the full analog-to-digital converter (ADC) range for the signals, even in high event rate conditions. The signal distortion caused by such cancellation is then eliminated numerically by the sliding-scale mechanism. As a result an extended dynamic range is obtained. Using a 12-bit ADC we got two extra bits to accomodate the baseline walks and 1.14 to 1.43 extra bits on individual signals with 0.1 to 1 mus rise time

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IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 1 )