Time-invariant shaping amplifiers, like semigaussian shapers are widely used to provide the best noise performances in detection systems based on high-resolution X-Ray or /spl gamma/-ray detectors. A new 'RC' cell which can be used for the realization of integrated semigaussian shapers either with real or with complex poles has been designed. The proposed solution, which allows to implement RC time constants in the order of few /spl mu/s, is based on the well known technique of de-magnification of the current flowing in a resistor R by means of the use of current mirrors. The architecture here adopted allows a more flexible coupling of the cell with the pole-zero network following the preamplifier and a precise and stable implementation of the desired time constant, for given values of R and C. Moreover, it can be biased with low currents, in order to minimize the shaper contribution to the overall parallel electronic noise, without affecting the precision of the time constant. A shaping amplifier based on this cell has been designed in the 0.35 /spl mu/m AMS technology. The main features of the circuit as well as the simulations of the first prototype are presented in this work

Integrated RC cell for time-invariant shaping amplifiers

Porro M.
2003-01-01

Abstract

Time-invariant shaping amplifiers, like semigaussian shapers are widely used to provide the best noise performances in detection systems based on high-resolution X-Ray or /spl gamma/-ray detectors. A new 'RC' cell which can be used for the realization of integrated semigaussian shapers either with real or with complex poles has been designed. The proposed solution, which allows to implement RC time constants in the order of few /spl mu/s, is based on the well known technique of de-magnification of the current flowing in a resistor R by means of the use of current mirrors. The architecture here adopted allows a more flexible coupling of the cell with the pole-zero network following the preamplifier and a precise and stable implementation of the desired time constant, for given values of R and C. Moreover, it can be biased with low currents, in order to minimize the shaper contribution to the overall parallel electronic noise, without affecting the precision of the time constant. A shaping amplifier based on this cell has been designed in the 0.35 /spl mu/m AMS technology. The main features of the circuit as well as the simulations of the first prototype are presented in this work
2003 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium. Conference Record (IEEE Cat. No.03CH37515)
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