February was a month of very intensive work to prepare our straw detector and Data Acquisition System for tests with proton beam from COSY accelerator at Juelich Forschungszentrum in Germany.
Together with 5 other groups we had granted one week of beamtime to evaluate the detectors, electronics and software.
It was the first time we evaluated operation of the entire, small scale detector system for PANDA experiment. Three detector subsystems: Forward Tracker, Electromagnetic Calorimeter and Time-of-Flight, each with their own readout system, were synchronized with SODANet system and generated data was processed by a set of 3 Compute Node modules for burst building and preliminary preprocessing.
It was also the possibility to test the data preprocessing system based on Xilinx ZCU102 platform. The board receives data streams from the digitizing boards and recovers track candidates, rejecting empty events.
We have successfully managed to construct the first ever mini PANDA DAQ system!
Two subsystems: FT straws and EMC are working together, synchronized by SODANet and processed by Burst Building Network constructed out of 3 Compute Node modules.
First cosmics were collected and tracks reconstructed!
Congratulations to dr. Paweł Strzempek for defending with distinction! His PhD thesis “Development and evaluation of a signal analysis and a readout system of straw tube detectors for the PANDA spectrometer”.