Radiation-Hard Optical Link for SLHC

Gan, K. K.
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We study the feasibility of fabricating an optical link for the SLHC ATLAS silicon tracker based on the current pixel optical link architecture. The electrical signals between the current pixel modules and the optical modules are transmitted via micro-twisted cables. The optical signals between the optical modules and the data acquisition system are transmitted via radiation-hard/low-bandwidth SIMM fibres fusion spliced to radiation-tolerant/medium-bandwidth GRIN fibres. The link has several nice features. We have measured the bandwidths of the micro twisted-pair cables to be ~ 1 Gb/s and the fusion spliced fibre ribbon to be ~ 2 Gb/s. We have irradiated PIN and VCSEL arrays with 24 GeV protons and find the arrays can operate up to the SLHC dosage. We have also demonstrated the feasibility of fabricating a novel opto-pack for housing VCSEL and PIN arrays with BeO as the substrate.
Comment: 8th International Conference on Large Scale Applications and Radiation Hardness of Semiconductor Detectors, Florence, Italy, 2007
Physics - Instrumentation and Detectors, High Energy Physics - Experiment