High-speed microstrip multi-anode multichannel plate detector system

Riedo, Andreas; Tulej, Marek; Rohner, Urs; Wurz, Peter (2017). High-speed microstrip multi-anode multichannel plate detector system. Review of scientific instruments, 88(4), 045114. American Institute of Physics 10.1063/1.4981813

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High-speed detector systems with high dynamic range and pulse width characteristics in the sub-nanosecond regime are mandatory for high resolution and highly sensitive time-of-flight mass spectrometers. Typically, for a reasonable detector area, an impedance-matched anode design is necessary to transmit the registered signal fast and distortion-free from the anode to the signal acquisition system. In this report, a high-speed microstrip multi-anode multichannel plate detector is presented and discussed. The anode consists of four separate active concentric anode segments allowing a simultaneous readout of signal with a dynamic range of about eight orders of magnitude. The impedance matched anode segments show pulse width of about 250 ps, measured at full width at half maximum, and rise time of ∼170 ps, measured with an oscilloscope with a sampling rate of 20 GS/s and 4 GHz analogue bandwidth. The usage of multichannel plates as signal amplifier allowed the design of a lightweight, low power consuming, and compact detector system, suitable, e.g., for the integration into space instrumentation or portable systems where size, weight, and power consumption are limited parameters.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute

UniBE Contributor:

Riedo, Andreas; Tulej, Marek and Wurz, Peter


500 Science > 530 Physics




American Institute of Physics




Dora Ursula Zimmerer

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08 Nov 2017 13:29

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08 Nov 2017 13:29

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