Design of radiation tolerant electronics for strecal system in COMET experiment

Kazuki Ueno, Eitaro Hamada, Masahiro Ikeno, Satoshi Mihara, Hajime Nishiguchi, Masayoshi Shoji, Tomohisa Uchida, Yuki Fujii, Ryosuke Kawashima, Kou Oishi, Junji Tojo, Yu Nakazawa, Hisataka Yoshida

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The COMET experiment at J-PARC aims to search for the charged lepton flavor violating process of neutrinoless muon to electron (mu-e) conversion with an improvement of a sensitivity by a factor of 10000 to the current limit. In order to achieve the goal sensitivity, we plan to use a StrECal system as an electron detector, which consists of straw tube tracker (Str) and electron calorimeter (ECal). To read out the signals from the StrECal system precisely, optimal front-end electronics are needed. We have developed the readout electronics boards for Str and ECal called ROESTI and EROS, respectively. Fundamental performance evaluation of ROESTI and EROS was almost done using the prototype boards and it was already found that the performance satisfied the physics requirements. However, those had not satisfied the requirements of radiation tolerance. According to the simulation study, neutron fluence of 1012 n/cm2 and gamma-ray absorbed dose of 1 kGy with the safety factor of 5 are expected at the places where the boards are located. Radiation tolerant parts have to be selected and countermeasure against single event upset (SEU) in FPGA has to be considered. Thus, we had parts selection with many times of neutron and gamma-ray irradiation tests. In the results, we found the candidates which satisfied our requirements. Development of new FPGA firmware with the function of SEU detection and correction was also done and its test was done with neutron irradiation. In the result, it was found that the function was effective for the SEU and it satisfied our requirements. Based on those results, we have designed and developed the final version of ROESTI and EROS. In this paper, we describe the details of irradiation tests and those results. The details of the design and performance evaluation of the boards based on the irradiation tests are also reported.

Original languageEnglish
Article number175
JournalProceedings of Science
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event2019 European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics, EPS-HEP 2019 - Ghent, Belgium
Duration: Jul 10 2019Jul 17 2019

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