Simulation study of resistor networks applied to an array of 256 SiPMs

Autores UPV
Revista IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science


In this work we describe a procedure to reduce the number of signals detected by an array of 256 Silicon Photo-multipliers (SiPMs) using a resistor network to divide the signal charge into few readout channels. Several configurations were modeled, and the pulsed signal at the readout contacts were simulated. These simulation results were experimentally tested on a specifically designed and manufactured set of printed circuit boards. Three network configurations were modeled. The modeling provided encouraging results for all three configurations. The measurements on the prototypes constructed for this study, however, provided useful position-sensitivity for only one of the network configurations. The lack of input signal amplification into the networks, the SiPM dark current, as well as the complexity of an eight layers board with parasitic capacitances, could have caused the degradation of resolving the impact photon position. This is hard to overcome with external printed circuit boards and components.