TITLE

Continuous measurement of the arrival times of x-ray photon sequence

AUTHOR(S)
Yan, Qiurong; Zhao, Baosheng; Sheng, Lizhi; Liu, Yong'an
PUB. DATE
May 2011
SOURCE
Review of Scientific Instruments;May2011, Vol. 82 Issue 5, p053105
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In order to record x-ray pulse profile for x-ray pulsar-based navigation and timing, this paper presents a continuous, high-precision method for measuring arrival times of photon sequence with a common starting point. In this method, a high stability atomic clock is counted to measure the coarse time of arrival photon. A high resolution time-to-digital converter is used to measure the fine time of arrival photon. The coarse times and the fine times are recorded continuously and then transferred to computer memory by way of memory switch. The pulse profile is obtained by a special data processing method. A special circuit was developed and a low-level x-ray pulse profile measurement experiment system was setup. The arrival times of x-ray photon sequence can be consecutively recorded with a time resolution of 500 ps and the profile of x-ray pulse was constructed. The data also can be used for analysis by many other methods, such as statistical distribution of photon events per time interval, statistical distribution of time interval between two photon events, photon counting histogram, autocorrelation and higher order autocorrelation.
ACCESSION #
62010767

 

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