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Radiation-hard ASICs for LHC optical data transmission

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5 Author(s)
Gan, K.K. ; Dept. of Phys., Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA ; Kagan, H.P. ; Kass, R.D. ; Moore, J.R.
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We have designed three ASICs for possible applications in the optical links of a new layer of pixel detector to be install inside the ATLAS detector for the first phase of the LHC luminosity upgrade. The ASICs include a high-speed driver for the VCSEL, a receiver/decoder to decode the signal received at the PIN diode to extract the data and clock, and a clock multiplier to produce a higher frequency clock to serialize the data for transmission. These ASICs were designed using a 130 nm CMOS process to enhance the radiation-hardness. We have characterized the fabricated ASICs and the submission has been mostly successful. We irradiated the ASICs with 24 GeV/c protons at CERN to a dosage of 70 Mrad. We observed no significant degradation except the driver circuit in the VCSEL driver fabricated using the thick oxide process in order to provide sufficient voltage to drive a VCSEL. The degradation is due to a large threshold shifts in the PMOS transistors used.

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record (NSS/MIC), 2009 IEEE

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Oct. 24 2009-Nov. 1 2009