A readout system for a cosmic ray telescope using Resistive Plate Chambers

D. Cussans*, P. Baesso, J. Burns, S. Quillin, C. Steer, C. Thomay, J. Velthuis

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Resistive Plate Chambers (RPCs) are widely used in high energy physics for both tracking and triggering purposes. They have good time resolution and with finely segmented readout can also give a spatial resolution of better than 1 mm. RPCs can be produced cost-effectively on large scales, are of rugged build, and have excellent detection efficiency for charged particles. Our group has successfully built a Muon Scattering Tomography (MST) prototype, using 12 RPCs to obtain tracking information of muons going through a target volume of similar to 50cm x 50cm x 70cm, reconstructing both the incoming and outgoing muon tracks. We describe a readout system for fine-pitch RPCs using MAROC3 readout chips capable of scaling to a large system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number03003
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
EventTopical Workshop on Electronics for Particle Physics - Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Sep 201221 Sep 2012


  • Electronic detector readout concepts (gas, liquid)
  • Particle tracking detectors (Gaseous detectors)
  • Search for radioactive and fissile materials
  • Interaction of radiation with matter


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