SiPM Amplifier

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

The silicon photomultipliers (SiPM) we are using in our experiment were purchased from Photonique. Photonique also supplies analog electronics boards to amplify the signals from the SiPMs. This page discusses the analysis and modeling of the amplifier circuit as well as design of the amplifier suitable for the readout of the tagger microscope. Th

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e amplifier circuit diagram shown below was developed through combining the diagram supplied by Photonique (lacking component values, and having several extra components) and the physical circuit (having most components labeled). We developed a model for this circuit in MATLAB to simulate its behavior and study various parameters, especially gain as a function of power voltage. The Photonique documentation claims that the power voltage can be varied between four and nine volts in order to tune the gain of the amplifier. The MATLAB model is a linearized system of twenty-four equations, with the voltages and currents on the circuit being the twenty-four unknowns. There are four input parameters: input current (Iin, in amps), the bias voltage (Vb, in volts), the power voltage (Vc, in volts), and the frequency (f, in hertz). The resistor values are mostly the same as the ones given for the above diagram, but some were changed to fit the model to actual data. We also add a load resistor from Vout to GND, with a value of 50 ©. The transistors are described by a series of parameters from the Gummel-Poon SPICE model, and we included our best guesses of the capacitor values. We ran simulations of the MATLAB model while varying the input parameters to generate data on how the amplifier responds to each input. We used as a baseline test the inputs Vb = 20V, Vc = 5V, f = 100MHz, and Iin = 1mA, then varied one parameter at a time to...

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