FPGA-based trigger system for the LUX dark matter experiment Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. LUX is a two-phase (liquid/gas) xenon time projection chamber designed to detect nuclear recoils resulting from interactions with dark matter particles. Signals from the detector are processed with an FPGA-based digital trigger system that analyzes the incoming data in real-time, with just a few microsecond latency. The system enables first pass selection of events of interest based on their pulse shape characteristics and 3D localization of the interactions. It has been shown to be >99% efficient in triggering on S2 signals induced by only few extracted liquid electrons. It is continuously and reliably operating since its full underground deployment in early 2013. This document is an overview of the systems capabilities, its inner workings, and its performance.

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  • 1.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Akerib, D. S., Araujo, H. M., Bai, X., Bailey, A. J., Balajthy, J., Beltrame, P., ... Zhang, C.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Akerib, DS||Araujo, HM||Bai, X||Bailey, AJ||Balajthy, J||Beltrame, P||Bernard, EP||Bernstein, A||Biesiadzinski, TP||Boulton, EM||Bradley, A||Bramante, R||Cahn, SB||Carmona-Benitez, MC||Chan, C||Chapman, JJ||Chiller, AA||Chiller, C||Currie, A||Cutter, JE||Davison, TJR||de Viveiros, L||Dobi, A||Dobson, JEY||Druszkiewicz, E||Edwards, BN||Faham, CH||Fiorucci, S||Gaitskell, RJ||Gehmang, VM||Ghag, C||Gibson, KR||Gilchriese, MGD||Hall, CR||Hanhardt, M||Haselschwardt, SJ||Herter, SA||Hogan, DP||Horn, M||Huang, DQ||Ignarra, CM||Ihm, M||Jacobsen, RG||Ji, W||Kazkaz, K||Khaitang, D||Knoche, R||Larsen, NA||Lee, C||Lenardo, BG||Lesko, KT||Lindote, A||Lopes, MI||Mailing, DC||Manalaysay, AG||Mannino, RL||Marzioni, MF||McKinsey, DN||Mei, D-M||Mock, J||Moongweluwan, M||Morad, JA||Murphy, A St J||Nehrkorn, C||Nelson, HN||Neves, E||O'Sullivan, K||Oliver-Mallory, KC||Ott, RA||Palladino, KJ||Pangilinan, M||Pease, EK||Phelps, P||Reichhart, L||Rhyne, C||Shaw, S||Shutt, TA||Silva, C||Skulski, W||Solovovn, VN||Sorensen, P||Stephenson, S||Sumner, TJ||Szydagis, M||Taylor, DJ||Taylor, W||Tennyson, BP||Terman, PA||Tiedt, DR||To, WH||Tripathi, M||Tyrznikova, L||Uvarov, S||Verbus, JR||Webb, RC||White, JT||Whitis, TJ||Witherell, MS||Wolfs, FLH||Yin, J||Young, SK||Zhang, C

publication date

  • January 2016