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27 July 2016 Temperature characterization of the CITIROC front-end chip of the ASTRI SST-2M Cherenkov camera
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The Cherenkov Imaging Telescope Integrated Read Out Chip, CITIROC, is the front-end chip of the camera for the ASTRI SST-2M, one of the prototypes for the small sized telescopes of the Cherenkov Telescope Array, CTA. The telescope, operating in the energy range from a few TeV to beyond 300 TeV, is characterized by innovative technological solutions. The optical system is arranged in a dual-mirror configuration and the focal plane camera consists of a matrix of multi-pixel Silicon Photo-Multipliers. Among others, one of the most important project issue consists in the thermal characterization of the camera that, in the ASTRI SST-2M prototype, is thermo-controlled in a narrow temperature range. A set of at least nine similar telescopes will form the ASTRI mini-array proposed to be installed at the CTA southern site. In the cameras of the ASTRI mini-array telescopes the thermal control could be relaxed with a considerable gain in terms of power consumption, cost and simplicity. So, a study of the temperature dependence of the camera components is needed. The present work addresses this issue showing the results of the measurements carried out on CITIROC as a function of the temperature. We focused our investigation on the pedestal stability, linearity of the charge output signal, preamplifier gain and trigger uniformity in the temperature range 15-30°C. Our results show, for each of the above-mentioned measurable quantities, that temperature dependency is at the level of a few percent.
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D. Impiombato, S. Giarrusso, T. Mineo, O. Catalano, C. Gargano, G. La Rosa, F. Russo, P. Sangiorgi, G. Sottile, G. Bonanno, S. Garozzo, A. Grillo, D. Marano, and G. Romeo "Temperature characterization of the CITIROC front-end chip of the ASTRI SST-2M Cherenkov camera", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 990645 (27 July 2016);


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