Muon tracking system with Silicon Photomultipliers

F. Arneodo, M. L. Benabderrahmane, S. Dahal, A. Di Giovanni, L. Pazos Clemens, A. Candela, M. D'Incecco, D. Sablone, G. Franchi

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We report the characterisation and performance of a low cost muon tracking system consisting of plastic scintillator bars and Silicon Photomultipliers equipped with a customised front-end electronics based on a fast preamplifier network. This system can be used as a detector test bench for astroparticle physics and for educational and outreach purposes. We investigated the device behaviour in self-trigger and coincidence mode, without using LED and pulse generators, showing that with a relatively simple set up a complete characterisation work can be carried out. A high definition oscilloscope, which can easily be found in many university physics or engineering departments, has been used for triggering and data acquisition. Its capabilities have been exploited to discriminate real particles from the background.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-171
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
StatePublished - Aug 22 2015


  • Light detector
  • Muon telescope
  • Readout
  • Silicon Photomultipliers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation


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