The CAEN Mod.N842 is an 8 Channel Constant Fraction Discriminator housed in a one unit wide NIM module. The module accepts 8 negative inputs and produces 2×8 NIM outputs (NIM outputs are provided with a fan-out of two)+ 8 /NIM outputs (negated) on front panel LEMO 00 connectors.
The constant fraction delay is 20ns full scale with 4 ns steps (8 ÷ 20 ns operating range), optionally are also available:
- 5 ns full scale with 1 ns steps (4 ÷ 5 ns operating range)
- 50 ns full scale with 10 ns steps (10 ÷ 50 ns operating range)
- 100 ns full scale with 20 ns steps (20 ÷ 100 ns operating range)
The timing stage of the discriminator produces an output pulse whose width is adjustable in a range from 15 ns to 245 ns. Moreover, in order to protect against multiple pulsing, it is possible to program a dead time during which the discriminator is inhibited from retriggering.
The maximum time walk is ±400 ps (for input signals in the range from -50 mV to -5 V with 25 ns rise time). The constant fraction is 20%. The individual discriminating thresholds are settable in a range from -1 mV to -255 mV (1 mV step) via an 8-bit DAC.
The module can operate also with small (below 10 mV) input signals, though in this case the Constant Fraction operation is not performed, i.e. the time walk is higher. The channels’ threshold, output width and dead time can be programmed via two switches and one rotary handle placed on the front panel.
The back panel houses VETO and TEST inputs, the OR output and the Current Sum output, which generates a current proportional to the input multiplicity, i. e. to the number of channels over threshold, at a rate of -1.0 mA per hit (-50 mV per hit into a 50 Ω load) ±20%.
1U-wide NIM unit
- Input Channels
8 inputs (negative polarity, 50 Ω impedance)
- Max input voltage
- Threshold range
-1 mV to -255 mV (1 mV step)
- Constant fraction
20 ns full scale with 4 ns steps (8 ÷ 20 ns operating range)
- 5 ns full scale with 1ns steps (4 ÷ 5 ns operating range)
- 50 ns full scale with 10ns steps (10 ÷ 50 ns operating range)
- 100 ns full scale with 20ns steps (20 ÷ 100 ns operating range)
- Output Channels
8×3 NIM (1 pair bridged 1 complementary)
- Input/output delay
Set delay + 6.5 ns ± 3 ns
- Output width
Programmable from 15 ns to 245 ns (typical values)
- Dead Time
Programmable from 137 ns to 1865 ns (typical values)
- Interchannel insulation
60 dB for 2.5 ns rise time input signals
- Max outputs time walk
±400 ps for input signals in the range from -50 mV to – 5 V with 25 ns rise time
Automatic adjustment to input offset and low frequency input noise of ±40 mV
- Test Input
NIM logic signal, hiigh impedance Min. FWHM: 5 ns Max. frequency: 30 MHz
- Veto Input
NIM logic signal, high impedance Min. FWHM: 15 ns
- OR Output
NIM logic signal
- Current Sum Output
Current proportional to input multiplicity (-1 mA ± 20% per hit), high impedance
8 Channel Constant Fraction DiscriminatorProduct page
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