Overview of EMU Electronics System

The electronics for the CMS Endcap Muon System has two main purposes: 1) to acquire precise muon position and timing information for offline analysis; and 2) to generate muon trigger primitives for the Level-1 trigger system.

The Endcap Muon system uses Cathode Strip Chambers (CSC's). Each of the vertical chamber stations are made of 6-layer CSC's which are trapezoidal in shape. In a CSC layer, the anode wires are in the azimuthal direction and the cathode strips are in the radial direction. The bending of charged tracks by the magnetic field in the endcap region is in the azimuthal direction, and the precise measurement of the azimuthal coordinate of a hit is achieved by interpolation of charges induced on neighboring cathode strips. The anode wires provide precise timing measurement of a hit as well as a coarse measurement of its radial position.

The EMU electronics system contains nine types of boards:

  • Cathode Front-End Board (CFEB),
  • Anode Front-End Board (AFEB),
  • Anode LCT trigger board (ALCT),
  • Low voltage distribution board (LVDB),
  • DAQ MotherBoard (DMB),
  • Trigger MotherBoard (TMB),
  • Clock and Control Board (CCB),
  • Detector Dependent Unit (DDU).
  • Data Concentration Card (DCC).

    The figure below shows how the system is organized.

    The CFEB is a 96-channel board and the AFEB is a 16-channel board. They are mounted on the CSC. Depending on chamber types, there are typically 4 to 5 CFEB's, and 12 to 42 AFEB's per chamber. There is one DMB, TMB, ALCT each per chamber. The ALCT board is also mounted on the chamber. The DMB, TMB are situated in crates located on the iron disk perimeter. The data from the CFEB's, AFEB's and ALCT is sent by skew-clear cables to DMB, TMB boards. The DMB and TMB serve as the DAQ and tigger interfaces to the rest of the experiment. The DMB send the readout and trigger diagnostic data to the central DAQ system and serves as the interface for Slow Control to the front-end boards. The TMB sends trigger primitives to the Level-1 trigger system. Timing and Control (TTC) signals are received and distributed by the Clock and Control Board, also situated in the VME crate.

    The following table shows the scope of the system.

          Chamber   No of    CFEB/chamber   AFEB/chamber   ALCT/chamber      DMB/chamber    TMB/chamber
           Type    Chambers                              288ch 384ch 672ch   
           ME1/1      72            5            -         1                      1            1
           ME1/2      72            5            24              1                1            1
           ME1/3      72            4            12        1                      1            1
           ME2/1      36            5            42                    1          1            1
           ME2/2      72            5            24              1                1            1
           ME3/1      36            5            36                    1          1            1
           ME3/2      72            5            24              1                1            1

  • Total number of CFEB: 2088 (200,448 channels)
  • Total number of AFEB: 8856 (141,696 channels)
  • Total number of ALCT: 216(384ch), 144(288ch), 72(672ch)
  • Total number of LVDB: 432
  • Total number of DMB: 432
  • Total number of TMB: 432
  • Total number of CCB: 48
  • Total number of peripheral crates = 48
  • Total number of DDU: 36

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