Precision electronics for a system of custom MCPs in the TORCH Time of Flight detector

R. Gao, N. Brook, L. Castillo García, T. Conneely, D. Cussans, K. Föhl, R. Forty, C. Frei, T. Gys, N. Harnew, D. Piedigrossi, J. Rademacker, A. Ros García, M. Van Dijk

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The TORCH detector will provide charged particle pi/K/p identification up to 10 GeV/c, combining Time-of-Flight and Cherenkov techniques to achieve a timing resolution of 70 ps for single photons. Based on a scalable design, a Time-of-Flight electronics readout system has been developed to instrument a novel customized 512-channel Micro Channel Plate (MCP) device. A Gigabit Ethernet-based readout scheme that operates the TORCH demonstration unit consisting of ten such MCPs will be reported. The trigger and clock distribution will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberC03008
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2017


  • Cherenkov detectors
  • Electronic detector readout concepts (solid-state)
  • Front-end electronics for detector readout
  • Photon detectors for UV, visible and IR photons (vacuum) (photomultipliers, HPDs, others)


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