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Defense Victor Ionut Stoica, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, RUG

11 januari 2012
On Monday January 9, 2012, in the Academy Building in Groningen, Victor IonuĊ£ Stoica (PhD ICS / Sociology, year group 2011) defended his dissertation Digital Pulse-Shape Analysis and Controls for Advanced Detector Systems , a dissertation in the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (University of Groningen).

The aim of the project reported in this thesis was to develop Digital Pulse-Shape Analysis (DPSA) algorithms and controls systems for the Nuclear STructure Astrophysics and Reactions (NuSTAR) experiments at the upcoming Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR). Some of these experiments will encompass a tremendous number of electronics channels (> 105), requiring smart online solutions for data processing. We have developed, implemented and tested DPSA algorithms, on front-end electronics using Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), as independent modules dealing with digitized data in a real-time environment. The pile-up compensation algorithm does not identify and reject the events in pile-up as common methods do, but it identifies and corrects the affected amplitudes making it possible to also use the events affected by pile-up in the analysis. Due to the stringent and broad requirements of the experiments currently being set up by the NuSTAR collaboration, not only controls are needed, but flexible and distributed controls are required. In this work, a prototype framework for the self-adjusting control-loop approach was created and proven functional. The DPSA algorithms and the control loop are further tested with radioactive sources and in-beam which show that the digital electronics performs well in beam conditions. We have shown that our approach on controls and DPSA algorithms is a viable solution for the upcoming NuSTAR experiments and that it opens the way for a robust, modular and scalable data processing/DAQ for NuSTAR.

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