Pixel readout electronics development for the ALICE pixel vertex and LHCb RICH detector

W. Snoeys, M. Campbell, E. Cantatore, V. Cencelli, R. Dinapoli, E. Heijne, P. Jarron, P. Lamanna, D. Minervini, V. O'shea, V. Quiquempoix, D. San Segundo Bello, B. van Koningsveld, K. Wyllie

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    The ALICE1LHCB pixel readout chip emerged from previous experience at CERN. The RD-19 collaboration provided the basis for the installation of a pixel system in the WA97 and NA57 experiments. Operation in these experiments was key in the understanding of the system issues. In parallel the RD-49 collaboration provided the basis to obtain radiation tolerance in commercial submicron CMOS through special circuit layout. The new ALICE1LHB chip was developed to serve two different applications: particle tracking in the ALICE Silicon Pixel Detector and particle identification in the LHCb Ring Imaging Cherenkov detector. To satisfy the different needs for these two experiments, the chip can be operated in two different modes. In tracking mode all the 50 μm×425 μm pixel cells in the 256×32 array are read out individually, whilst in particle identification mode they are combined in groups of 8 to form a 32×32 array of 400 μm×425 μm cells. The circuit is currently being manufactured in a commercial 0.25 μm CMOS technology.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)176-189
    Number of pages14
    JournalNuclear instruments & methods in physics research. Section A : Accelerators, spectrometers, detectors and associated equipment
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001


    • Charge amplification
    • Pixel detector electronics
    • Particle detectors
    • Radiation tolerance
    • PACS-85.40.e
    • PACS-84.37.+q
    • PACS-29.40.Gx
    • PACS-81.40.X


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