Feb 09 2015

SNR with pileup

Tag: Math,Noise,Physicsadmin @ 2:32 pm
In this post I conclude my discussion of my “SNR with pileup …” paper[2]. I will present and explain the code to reproduce the “bottom line” figures 3 to 5 of the paper that show the decrease of the SNR as the pileup parameter η increases. The decrease is rapid and when the value of η reaches 1, all the counting and PHA detectors have SNR smaller than the energy integrating detector. The NQ detector SNR decreases rapidly and approaches but marginally stays above the Q SNR since it uses that signal.

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Feb 09 2015

Monte Carlo validation of variance formulas

Tag: Implementation,Math,Noise,Physicsadmin @ 11:26 am
My “SNR with pileup …” paper[1] presented a set of theoretical formulas for the noise of NQ and PHA detectors in Tables I and II. I have discussed the individual formulas and Monte Carlo simulations of their validity in past posts in this series. In Section 2.K of the paper, I presented an overall test of the formulas that compared the A-vector component variances with a Monte Carlo simulation of the random detector data processed with a maximum likelihood estimator (MLE). In this post, I expand the discussion in the paper and present code to reproduce Fig. 2.

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