Special Issue "Advances in Sensor Readout Electronics for Precise Timing"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Circuit and Signal Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. David Gascon
Guest Editor
1. Dept. Física Quàntica i Astrofísica. Institut de Ciències del Cosmos (ICCUB), Universitat de Barcelona, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
2. Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC), C/ Gran Capità, 2-4, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: Detectors and scientific instrumentation; microelectronics design; mixed-signal ASICs; low-noise electronics; front-end electronics; fast photo-sensor readout; single-photon sensors; radiation and particle detectors, medical imaging
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Dr. Rafael Ballabriga
Guest Editor
Experimental Physics Dept. CERN, Esplanade des Particules 1, 1211 Meyrin, Switzerland
Interests: detectors and scientific instrumentation; microelectronics design; mixed-signal ASICs; low-noise electronics; front-end electronics; hybrid pixel detectors, monolithic active pixel sensors, fast photo-sensor readout

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Electronic design for the readout of fast radiation detectors is a very active field of research. The advances in this area have potential applications in many fields of science, such as physics, medicine, chemistry, and biology, among others.

In the past decade, there has been steady progress in detector developments and their readout electronics. This includes new front-end circuits in very deep submicron CMOS technologies and advances in time-to-digital converters (TDCs). Additionally, the availability of vertical integration technologies is paving the way for new advances in the field.

The goal is to create a well-balanced collection of papers that will help to map the application of microelectronics design in instruments for various application areas and identify the perspectives and open challenges for future developments.

We would like to invite authors to submit papers related to research and applications in sensor readout electronics for precise time measurements. The topics include but are not limited to:

  • Electronics for the readout of silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs);
  • Photomultiplier tube (PMT) and micro channel plate PMT (MCP-PMT) readout;
  • Silicon sensor readout electronics;
  • Analog and digital ASIC readout;
  • Time-to-digital converters (TDCs);
  • Monolithic active pixel detectors;
  • Hybrid pixel detector readout ASICs;
  • New trends in interconnection (vertical integration);
  • Detectors (crystals, readout electronics (ASIC), and detector systems);
  • Applications (high energy physics, medical (e.g. positron emission tomography), mass spectrometry, LIDAR, biology, quantum applications).

Prof. Dr. David Gascon
Dr. Rafael Ballabriga
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Fast timing
  • ASICs
  • CMOS
  • Front-end electronics
  • TDCs
  • 3D integration
  • TSV
  • SiPM
  • SPAD
  • PMT
  • Time-of-flight
  • PET
  • FLIM

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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