Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

Benjamin J. Blalock

Committee Members

Syed K. Islam, M. Nance Ericson


This thesis presents the design and implementation of a CMOS shaper with baseline restoration for use in the silicon-based neutron detector front-end to be used at the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The system consists of a voltage-to-current (V-to-I) converter, a four-pole complex-conjugate semi-Gaussian current-input active filter, and a ground-sensing baseline restorer (BLR) operational transconductance amplifier (OTA). The first prototype chip Patara has been fabricated in the TSMC 0.35-micron process, and experimental results show that proper functionality was achieved. The shaper, which is influenced by a real pole prior to the V-to-I converter, has poles at approximately 2 MHz and approximates a Gaussian output shape for an input pulse with rise time near 20 nanoseconds. The output signal has a full-width half-maximum (FWHM) of around 270 nanoseconds and a settling time of 0.6 microseconds, allowing for a 1- microsecond pulse-pair resolution. The shaper and baseline restorer have selectable polarity to accommodate input pulses of both polarities.

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