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Impedance Matching for Photomultiplier Tubes


Impedance Matching for Photomultiplier Tubes




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Photomultiplier tubes (PMT) have a given output impedance, which is defined by the internal geometrical structure. On the other hand, every electronics, which is used to process the signals of the PMT has an input impedance. Due to the impedance mismatch part of the signal gets reflected back into the PMT and hence is lost. A very simple approach to match the input to the output impedance is a resistor, but also in this case part of the signal gets lost in the resistor.


Our solution minimizes the signal loss by matching the output impedance to the input impedance in an advanced way. By this it is possible to minimize the signal loss. At the same time the impact on the signal timing is minimal.

With this solution it is possible to match the PMT output impedance (in the image above 150 Ω) to normal 50 Ω electronics as well as to custom electronics with low (e.g. 3 Ω) impedance.


  • Impedance Matching of PMT and connected electronics
  • Higher charge output, because less signal is lost
  • Conserved timing, almost no shaping in output signal
  • Possibility to separate PMT ground from other grounds




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     • Patent application at the German Patent and Trade Mark Office. The patent applica-tion pending is not yet published in the Patent Gazette. Only after the first publication of the patent application, the applicant can derive rights therefrom and can especially claim compensation from third parties.

    • Proof of concept and prototype

    RWTH Aachen University is looking for partners for patent exploitation and for research partners for joint development and contract research.

    RWTH Aachen

    Margarete Betger
    0241 80 96604
    Campus-Boulevard 79
    52074 Aachen




    #Photomultiplier; #impedance matching; #low signal loss; #custom electronics

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