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Educational Beta Kit
The CAEN Educational Beta kit is a solution to perform a series of experiments for undergraduates in Physics and Engineering, addressing a plurality of topics in statistics and basic Nuclear Science. The set-up are is based on Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) state of-the-art sensor of light with single photon sensitivity and unprecedented photon number capability. The goal is to inspire students and guide them towards the analysis and comprehension of different physics phenomena related to the cosmic rays and to the beta spectroscopy, with a series of experiments based on state-of-the art technologies, instruments and methods.

What's Inside

SP5600 PSU photo
The SP5600 is a General purpose Power Supply and Amplification Unit, integrating up to two SiPMs in a mother & daughter architecture allowing for easy mounting and replacement of the sensors. The basic configuration features two channels with indipendent gain control up to 50 dB and provides the bias voltage (up to 100 V) to the sensors with gain stabilization. Each channel can provide a digital output generated by the fast leading edge discriminators. A timing coincidence of the two channels is also available.
DT5720A photo
The DT5720A is a CAEN Desktop Waveform digitizer housing 2 channels 12 bit 250 MS/s ADC with a dedicated charge integrating firmware (DPP-PSD) for real time pulse processing.
SP5608 photo
The SP5608 is a support with a embedded plastic scintillating tile, directly coupled to a SiPM . The tile is the ideal tool for tests with beta emitting isotopes and cosmic rays. The support structure allows to use the SP5608 stand-alone or to use two tile modules to build a cosmic telescope. A special source holder allows to perform beta attenuation measurements in a thin thickness material due to 2mm distance from the scintillating tile. It is provided by a paper and aluminum sheets.


SP5600 General Purpose Power Supply and Amplification Unit
- 154 x 71 x 43 mm3
- 2 SIPM Heads
Power Supply:
- Vbias: 0 ÷ 120 V
- Max Current: 100 µA
- Temp. Feedback Res.: 0.1 °C
Wideband amplifier:
- Gain: 0 ÷ 50 dB (step: 1 dB)
- Bandwidth (-3dB): 100 kHz ÷ 500 MHz
- Output dynamic range: ±2V
- Discriminator threshold: ±800mV (step: 25µV)
DT5720A Desktop Digitizer
- 1154x50x164 mm3 (WxHxD)
Analog Input:
- 2 channels (MCX 50 Ohm)
- Single-ended
- Input range: 2 Vpp
- Bandwidth: 125 MHz
- DAC Offset: ± FSR/2
Digital conversion:
- Resolution: 12 bit
- Sampling rate: 250 MS/s
- Optical Link
Digital Pulse Processing
- Digital Pulse Processing for charge Integration
SP5608 Scintillating Tile - Scintillating Material: Polystyrene
- Sensitive Volume: 47x47x10 mm3
- Directly coupled to a SiPM 6 x 6 mm2
- 20 Paper and Aluminum sheets are included
- Temperature feedback sensor embedded
Description Release Date OS-Version Environment Download
Windows DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win32 USB Driver(a) 3.4.9 July, 2016 7/8/8.1/10 (32-bit)
Drivers 32.5 KB - Type: .zip Download
Windows DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win64 USB driver August, 2018 10 (64bit)
Drivers 49.18 KB - Type: .zip Download
Windows DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win64 USB driver 3.4.9 July, 2016 8.1 (64bit)
Drivers 34.61 KB - Type: .zip Download
Windows DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win7_8_x64 USB driver 3.4.9 July, 2016 7/8 (64-bit)
Drivers 35.67 KB - Type: .zip Download
Windows SP5600 USB driver 2.0.0 July, 2016 7/8/8.1/10 (32 - 64 bit)
Drivers 6.87 KB - Type: .zip Download
Firmware CONET2 Compliant
Firmware   DT5720/N6720 DPP-CI Firmware 3.8_130.2 April, 2017
Release Notes 3.69 KB - Type: .txt Download
FW Package 285.48 KB - Type: .rbf Download
Control Software
Windows SiPM Kit Control Software(*) 00.29 April, 2017 Windows 7 or Greater
SW Package 2.54 MB - Type: .zip Download
Release Notes 2.48 KB - Type: .txt Download


  • (a) IMPORTANT!
    DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win32 USB Driver rel. 3.4.7 or above:
    - requires installation of Windows CAENVMELib library rel. 2.4 or above
    - does not work with: CAEN WaveDump rel . < 3.5.0; CAENUpgrader rel. < 1.3.0: DPP-PHA Control Software rel. < 1.1.0; DPP-PSD Control Software rel. < 1.1.0
  • (*) IMPORTANT!
    - SiPMkit_ControlSoftware rel. 00.6-build_20120520 or higher:
    - requires LabVIEW Run-Time Engine 2009 SP1 - (32-bit Standard RTE) and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86
    - does not work with DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx-DT5780 Win32 USB Driver rel. < 3.4.7
Code Description
WK5600XDAAAA SP5600D - Educational Beta Kit
Model Package Function Description Compare
All - Reset
SP5600AN Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Educational Kit - Premium Version
SP5600C Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Educational Gamma Kit
SP5600D Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Educational Beta Kit
SP5600E Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Educational Photon Kit
SP5600EMU Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Emulation Kit
SP5700 Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits EasyPET
SP5701 Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits EasyPET Kit
Manuals Last Update
SP5600D Educational Beta Kit Content 21 July, 2016

Precautions for Handling Storage and Installation

Guides Last Update
This QuickStart Guide contains basic information and examples that will let you use SP5600D Educational Beta Kit in few steps GD5485 - SP5600D Educational Beta Kit QuickStart Guide 1 September, 2016
Data Sheet Last Update
USB2 programmable 2 Channels Power Supply and Amplification Unit provided in the SiPM kits. SP5600 supplies the bias for the sensor, features a wide band amplifier with programmable gain from 1 - 50db and fast leading edge discriminator and time coincidence logic. DS2626 - SP5600 Power Supply and Amplification Unit 10 January, 2018
Experiment Guides Last Update
To get acquainted with a set-up based on a plastic scintillator tile coupled to a Silicon Photo-multiplier. SG6121 - Response of a Plastic Scintillating Tile May 2016
After gamma spectrometry, the student is introduced to the measurement and interpretation of beta spectra, using a plastic scintillator tile. SG6122 - Beta Spectroscopy May 2016
Attenuation measurement of the intensity of beta radioactive source as a function of the absorber thickness by using two absorber materials: aluminium and paper sheets. SG6123 - Beta Radiation: Transmission through Matter May 2016
Estimate of the instrument sensitivity in the measurement of thin layer thickness by beta particle attenuation. SG6124 - Beta Radiation as a Method to Measure Paper Sheet Grammage and Thin Layer Thickness May 2016
Cosmic rays detection by using a system composed of a plastic scintillating tile directly coupled to a Silicon Photomultiplier detector. SG6211 - Muons Detection May 2016
Measurement of the muon vertical flux on a plastic scintillating tile. Estimation of the detection efficiency of the system by comparison between the expected rate and the measured one. SG6212 - Muons Vertical Flux on Horizontal Detector May 2016

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