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Readout system for ground-based tests of BGO calorimeter of DAMPE satellite


A readout system for ground-based tests of the bismuth germanium oxide (BGO) calorimeter of the Dark Matter Particle Explorer satellite is described in this paper. The system mainly consists of a data acquisition board with a field-programmable gate array to implement the control logic, and a graphical user interface software based on LabWindows/CVI. The system has been successfully applied in a series of ground-based environmental experiments and almost all the performance tests throughout the entire manufacturing processes. These contribute significantly to the development of the BGO calorimeter before being submitted for satellite-level integration.

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We would like to thank Dr. Yunlong Zhang, Dr. Zhiyong Zhang, and Dr. Yifeng Wei for helpful discussions and useful suggestions. We would also like to thank all the colleagues from DAMPE collaboration who helped make this work possible. This work was supported in part by the CAS Center for Excellence in Particle Physics (CCEPP).

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This work was supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program on Space Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. XDA04040202-4) and the National Basic Research Program (973 Program) of China (No. 2010CB833002).

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Zhang, JB., Feng, CQ., Ma, SY. et al. Readout system for ground-based tests of BGO calorimeter of DAMPE satellite. NUCL SCI TECH 28, 143 (2017).

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