Conference Paper

DIALOG and SYNC: a VLSI chip set for timing of the LHCb Muon detector

Inst. Nazionale di Fisica Nucl.e, Cittadella Univ., Monserrato, Italy
DOI: 10.1109/NSSMIC.2003.1352028 Conference: Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2003 IEEE, Volume: 1
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ABSTRACT The Muon detector of the LHCb experiment at CERN plays a fundamental role in the first trigger level. It is mainly realized by means of a MWPC technology and consists of about 126,000 front-end channels. High efficiency is necessary both at detector and front-end level to satisfy the trigger requirement of 5 hits per 5 Muon stations with an overall efficiency of 95%. This corresponds to having a single front-end channel detection efficiency of 99% within a time window of 20 ns and also poses the problem of an accurate time alignment of the whole detector. The problem is addressed by designing two custom integrated circuits, named DIALOG and SYNC, realized in the IBM 0.25μm radiation hard technology.

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