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DPP-PHA

Digital Pulse Processing for the Pulse Height Analysis (formerly DPP-TF)
Free downloadable DPP-PHA Trial version for 724, 725 and 730 series.

  • The User can download the Trial Version for evaluation
  • The Trial version has a DAQ time frame limitation: every 30 min the user have to restart (Power off/power on) the board
  • To get full functionality the user should purchase a License and register it
  • The procedure is automatic and can be completed on our web site
Note: x780/81 Digital MCA are factory provided with time-unlimited operating DPP-PHA firmware and don't require licensing.

CAEN Waveform Digitizers feature firmware for Digital Pulse Processing (DPP) for physics applications.
The purpose of the DPP is to perform online signal processing on detector signals directly digitized, able to transform the raw sequence of samples into a compressed data packet that preserves the information required, minimizing the event data size. DPP algorithms are implemented in FPGA and can be reprogrammed at any time. In one single module you have the complete information and the capability to extract all the quantities of interest.

724 and 730 digitizers running DPP-PHA firmware become multichannel data acquisition systems for nuclear physics or other applications requiring radiation detection.
The digitizers accept signals directly from Charge Sensitive Preamplifiers or photomultiplier and implement a digital replacement of Shaping Amplifier and Peak Sensing ADC (Multi-Channel Analyzer).

The digitizer runs on real time:
  • Self Trigger using CR-RC-CR digital algorithm
  • Trapezoidal filter for Pulse Height Analysis and Energy spectra
  • Digital Constant Fraction Discriminator for event time measurement
Some typical applications:
  • Gamma ray spectroscopy with Germanium and Silicon Detectors
  • Readout of PMTs with slow scintillators (for instance NaI)
  • Applications that require a moderate timing resolution to make coincidences
MC≤ Analyzer - Digital MCA Data Acquisition and Analysis Software(NEW!)
MC≤ Analyzer has been specifically designed as user friendly interface for CAEN Digital MCA or digitizers running the DPP-PHA firmware.
The selected format recalls the familiar operation of a conventional analog Nuclear Multi Channel Analyzer. MC≤ Analyzer allows the user to set all the relevant DPP-PHA parameters for each acquisition input, handle the communication with the connected boards, run the data acquisition and plot both waveforms for on-line monitoring of the acquisition and histograms. It can also control the HV power supplies provided in DT5780. Moreover, it is able to perform advanced mathematical analysis on both the online and collected spectra.

DPP-PHA control Software (724 series and DT5780 only)
DPP-PHA Control Software is a demo program that allows the user to understand the principle of operation of the DPP-PHA firmware and to manage the acquisition of acquired signals. The DPP-PHA Control Software supports only 724 series and DT5780, and it is going to be phased out, being already replaced by the MC2Analyzer software for Windows. Linux users can take advantage of the DPP-PHA Control Software to control 724 and DT5780 boards until the MC2Analyzer will be available for Linux too.



Description Release Date OS-Version Environment Download
Firmware CONET2 Compliant
Firmware   x724 - xx78x DPP-PHA FW CONET 2 Compliant 4.11_128.34 October, 2016
FW Package 2.89 MB - Type: .cfa Download
Release Notes 8.04 KB - Type: .txt Download
Firmware   x725 DPP-PHA FW CONET 2 Compliant 4.11_139.5 October, 2016
Release Notes 1009.0 Bytes - Type: .txt Download
FW Package 1.58 MB - Type: .cfa Download
Firmware   x730 DPP-PHA FW CONET 2 Compliant 4.11_139.5 October, 2016
FW Package 1.58 MB - Type: .cfa Download
Release Notes 5.21 KB - Type: .txt Download

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DPP-CI DPP Firmware/Software Tools (Digitizer) DPP Firmware Digital Pulse Processing for the Charge Integration
DPP-DAW DPP Firmware/Software Tools (Digitizer) DPP Firmware Digital Pulse Processing for Dynamic Acquisition Window
DPP-PHA DPP Firmware/Software Tools (Digitizer) DPP Firmware Digital Pulse Processing for the Pulse Height Analysis (formerly DPP-TF)
DPP-PSD DPP Firmware/Software Tools (Digitizer) DPP Firmware Digital Pulse Processing for the Pulse Shape Discrimination
DPP-QDC DPP Firmware/Software Tools (Digitizer) DPP Firmware Digital Pulse Processing for Charge to Digital Converter
DPP-ZLEplus DPP Firmware/Software Tools (Digitizer) DPP Firmware Digital Pulse Processing for the Zero Length Encoding
Manuals Last Update
UM3182 - DPP-PHA and MC2Analyzer User Manual 4 November, 2016
UM5407 - Register Description for 724-781 DPP-PHA September 16th, 2016
UM5469 - Register Description for 780 DPP-PHA September 22nd, 2016
UM5678 - Register Description for 725-730 DPP-PHA November 22nd, 2016
Application Notes Last Update
In this application note we describe how to upgrade the firmware of CAEN products with optical link to migrate from CONET1 to CONET2 protocol AN2472 - CONET1 to CONET2 migration 27 May, 2011
The aim of this application note is to show the principles of operation and the results obtained in high resolution gamma spectroscopy using CAEN Digital Pulse Height Analyser, a dedicated system based on 724 digitizers and DPP-PHA firmware. AN2508 - CAEN Digital Pulse Height Analyser a digital approach to Radiation Spectroscopy 05 September, 2011
In the present Application Note we report the results obtained in internal tests of the MCA DT5780. We are going to show the resolution of the energy measurement of gamma and X rays obtained with a HPGe detector. The wide spectrum of energy available allows also to obtain a preliminary test of the linearity of our MCA. AN3110 - Energy Resolution and Linearity of the MCA CAEN DT5780 20 January, 2014
Slide Presentations Last Update
SP5148 - Digital systems for Multi-Parametric analysis in Physics Applications (India - March 2016) March, 2016
Guides Last Update
This QuickStart Guide contains the basic information and examples that will let you use CAENUpgrader in few steps. CAENUpgrader is a software with a C based console application and a Java Graphical User Interface. It reunites all the functions included in cvUpgrade, CAENBridgeUpgrade and PLLConfig programs. GD2512 - CAENUpgrader QuickStart Guide 18 May, 2014
This guide wants to provide detailed instructions on how to make coincidences with CAEN digitizers series 720, 750 and 724 equipped with Digital Pulse Processing (DPP) firmware. GD2827 - How to make coincidences with CAEN digitizers 02 November, 2016
Scientific Articles Last Update
Neutron depth profiling (NDP) is a mature, non destructive technique used to characterize the concentration of certain light isotopes in a material as a function of depth by measuring the residual energy of charged particles in neutron induced reactions.In this work, we describe a new NDP instrument design with higher detection efficiency by way of spectrum summing across multiple detectors. The instrument uses a V1724 digitizer running DPP-PHA firmware. Published by the American Institute of Physics.http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4732168 AR2592 - A multi-detector, digitizer based neutron depth profiling device for characterizing thin film materials 6 July, 2012
White Paper Last Update
This†White†Paper†explains†the†possibilities†offered†by†Digital†Pulse†Processing†algorithms†in†Nuclear†Physics†applications: Pulse Triggering and Timing Filters, Pulse Height Analysis (DPP-PHA - Digital MCA), Charge Integration (DPP-CI - Digital QDC), Pulse Shape Discrimination (DPP-PSD - Neutron/gamma Discrimination), Time measurements. WP2081 - Digital Pulse Processing in Nuclear Physics 26 August, 2011

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