The data acquisition system of the neutron time-of-flight facility n_TOF at CERN

U. Abbondanno, G. Aerts, F. Alvarez, H. Alvarez, S. Andriamonje, J. Andrzejewski, G. Badurek, P. Baumann, F. Becvar, J. Benlliure, E. Berthomieux, B. Betev, F. Calvino, D. Cano-Ott, R. Capote, P. Cennini, V. Chepel, E. Chiaveri, N. Colonna, G. CortesD. Cortina, A. Couture, J. Cox, S. Dababneh, S. David, R. Dolfini, C. Domingo-Pardo, R.B. Duran, M. Embid-Segura, L. Ferrant, A. Ferrari, R. Ferreira-Marques, H. Frais-Koelbl, W. Furman, I. F. Goncalves, E. Gonzalez-Romero, A. Goverdovski, F. Gramegna, E. Griesmayer, F. Gunsing, B. Haas, R. Haight, M. Heil, A. Herrera-Martinez, S. Isaev, E. Jericha, Y. Kadi, F. Kappeler, M. Kerveno, V. Ketlerov, P. E. Koehler, V. Konovalov, M. Krticka, H. Leeb, A. Lindote, M.I. Lopes, M. Lozano, S. Lukic, J. Marganiec, S. Marrone, J. Martinez-Val, P. Mastinu, A. Mengoni, P.M. Milazzo, A. Molina-Coballes, C. Moreau, M. Mosconi, F. Neves, H. Oberhummer, S. O'Brien, J. Pancin, T. Papaevangelou, C. Paradela, A. Pavlik, P. Pavlopoulos, J. M. Perlado, L. Perrot, V. Peskov, R. Plag, A. Plompen, A. Plukis, A. Poch, A. Policarpo, C. Pretel, J. M. Quesada, W. Rapp, T. Rauscher, R. Reifarth, M. Rosetti, C. Rubbia, G. Rudolf, P. Rullhusen, J. Salgado, E. Schafer, J. C. Soares, C. Stephan, G. Tagliente, J. L. Tain, L. Tassan-Got, L.M.N. Tavora, R. Terlizzi, G. Vannini, P. Vaz, A. Ventura, D. Villamarin-Fernandez, M. Vincente-Vincente, V. Vlachoudis, F. Voss, H. Wendler, M. Wiescher, K. Wisshak

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The n_TOF facility at CERN has been designed for the measurement of neutron capture, fission and (n, xn) cross-sections with high accuracy. This requires a flexible and-due to the high instantaneous neutron flux-almost dead time free data acquisition system. A scalable and versatile data solution has been designed based on 8-bit flash-ADCs with sampling rates up to 2 GHz and 8 Mbyte memory buffer. The software is written in C and C++ and is running on PCs equipped with RedHat Linux. (C) 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)692-702
Number of pages11
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2005


  • flash-ADC
  • data acquisition
  • neutron time-of-flight spectroscopy
  • pulse shape analysis


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