THE LANL NEUTRON SCIENCE CENTER TOF/PSD MODULE: STATUS AND PROGRESS

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This paper describes the progress and current status of a joint collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Manuel Lujan Neutron Science Center (MLNSC) to develop and implement a Time-of-flight (TOF)/Position-Sensitive-Detector (PSD) VXI-based C-size neutron-event data-collection module. The LANL module, based on the ANL-developed hardware which uses field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and analog-input-signal conditioning modules for a flexible topology capable of accepting either eight or 16 input channels, has been programmed and modified to incorporate more LANL-specific features such as improved peak detection, 24-bit time stamps, and 16-bit channel identification numbers which are all ... continued below

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ROSE, C. & AL, ET June 1, 1999.

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This paper describes the progress and current status of a joint collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Manuel Lujan Neutron Science Center (MLNSC) to develop and implement a Time-of-flight (TOF)/Position-Sensitive-Detector (PSD) VXI-based C-size neutron-event data-collection module. The LANL module, based on the ANL-developed hardware which uses field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and analog-input-signal conditioning modules for a flexible topology capable of accepting either eight or 16 input channels, has been programmed and modified to incorporate more LANL-specific features such as improved peak detection, 24-bit time stamps, and 16-bit channel identification numbers which are all part of a 64-bit event record (2 by 32-bits wide). Using a backplane 10-MHz clock, timing resolution is {+-}50 ns. The module uses two, frame first-in-first-out buffers (FIFOs), each 2-kwords deep, to accumulate event data at up to 330 kEvents/sec during a frame until the host computer can read it out. One FIFO is read while the other is being filled. The module does not use the ANL token-passing configuration for accessing data. Rather, it uses direct logical-address and register-based addressing modes. To interface with analog signals from the neutron detectors, the module incorporates eight 72-pin single-inline-memory-module-size plug-in boards, called SIMs, which contain differential receivers, analog threshold comparators, and 8-bit analog-to-digital converters. A total of 16-analog channels are available if used in TOF mode, or eight channels if used in PSD mode.

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ROSE, C. & AL, ET. THE LANL NEUTRON SCIENCE CENTER TOF/PSD MODULE: STATUS AND PROGRESS, article, June 1, 1999; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc720911/: accessed October 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.