Cryogenic readout for multiple VUV4 Multi-Pixel Photon Counters in liquid xenon

F. Arneodo, M. L. Benabderrahmane, G. Bruno, V. Conicella, A. Di Giovanni, O. Fawwaz, M. Messina, A. Candela, G. Franchi

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We present the performances and characterization of an array made of S13370-3050CN (VUV4 generation) Multi-Pixel Photon Counters manufactured by Hamamatsu and equipped with a low power consumption preamplifier operating at liquid xenon temperature (∼175 K). The electronics is designed for the readout of a matrix of maximum dimension of 8×8 individual photosensors and it is based on a single operational amplifier. The detector prototype presented in this paper utilizes the Analog Devices AD8011 current feedback operational amplifier, but other models can be used depending on the application. A biasing correction circuit has been implemented for the gain equalization of photosensors operating at different voltages. The results show single photon detection capability making this device a promising choice for future generation of large scale dark matter detectors based on liquid xenon, such as DARWIN.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-123
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
StatePublished - Jun 11 2018


  • Dark matter
  • Electronics
  • Liquid xenon
  • MPPC
  • VUV4
  • Vacuum ultraviolet light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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