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Ultrafast FADC multiplexer

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6 Author(s)
Mirzoyan, R. ; Max-Planck Inst. fur Phys., Munchen, Germany ; Cortina, J. ; Lorenz, E. ; Martinez, M.
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Ultrafast Flash amplitude-to-digital converters (FADCs) are still very expensive. Here we propose a multiplexing scheme allowing one in common trigger mode to read out multiple signal sources by using a single FADC channel. Usual coaxial cables can be used in the multiplexer as analog signal delay elements. The limited bandwidth of the coaxial cable, depending on its type and length will set an upper limit to the number of multiplexed channels. Better bandwidth and the correspondingly higher number of multiplexed channels one can obtain when using the technique of transmission of analog signals via optical fibers. Low-cost vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) diodes can be used as converters of fast electrical signals into near infrared light. Multiplexing can be an economically priced solution when one needs ultrafast digitization of hundreds of fast signal channels.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 5 )