Commissioning of the new electronics and online system for the Super-Kamiokande experiment

S. Yamada, K. Awai, Y. Hayato, K. Kaneyuki, Y. Kouzuma, S. Nakayama, H. Nishino, K. Okumura, Y. Obayashi, Y. Shimizu, M. Shiozawa, A. Takeda, Y. Heng, B. Yang, S. Chen, T. Tanaka, T. Yokozawa, Y. Koshio, S. Moriyama, Y. AraiY. Ishikawa, K. Ishikawa, A. Minegishi, T. Uchida

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The Super-Kamiokande detector is a ring imaging Cherenkov detector for neutrino physics and proton-decay search and consists of 50 000 tons of pure water equipped with about 13 000 photo-multipliers. The old front-end electronics and online system running for more than one decade were all upgraded in September, 2008 and the data acquisition was started successfully. The new front-end electronics is based on a charge to time converter and a multi-hit Time to Digital converter. TCP/IP based readout channel is implemented to handle large amounts of data. In the new data acquisition scheme, the hardware event-trigger for the data reduction is replaced by processing all the hits in the online farm, so that we are able to lower the threshold of the detection energy for solar neutrino and analyze consecutive events whose time interval is too long to detect in the previous system. To make the new online system to be capable of processing larger dataflow of up to 470 MB/s, we utilize Gigabit and 10-Gigabit Ethernet technologies and distribute the load over Linux PCs to handle a large amount of data. In this paper, we will describe the design and performance of the new system in the commissioning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5446533
Pages (from-to)428-432
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number2 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Data acquisition
  • Event building
  • Front-end electronics
  • Neutrinos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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