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Educational Photon Kit
CAEN realized different modular Educational Kits. The set-up are all based on Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPM) state of-the-art sensor of light with single photon sensitivity and unprecedented photon number capability. The goal is to inspire students and guide them towards the analysis and comprehension of different physics phenomena with a series of experiments based on state-of-the art technologies, instruments and methods. The Educational Photon kit allows to explore the quantum nature of phenomena that is one of the most exiting experiences a physics student can live.

What's Inside

SP5600 PSU photo
The SP5600 is a General purpose Power Supply and Amplification Unit, integrating up to two SiPMs in a mother & daughter architecture allowing for easy mounting and replacement of the sensors. The basic configuration features two channels with indipendent gain control up to 50 dB and provides the bias voltage (up to 100 V) to the sensors with gain stabilization. Each channel can provide a digital output generated by the fast leading edge discriminators. A timing coincidence of the two channels is also available.
DT5720A photo
The DT5720A is a CAEN Desktop Waveform digitizer housing 2 channels 12 bit 250 MS/s ADC with a dedicated charge integrating firmware (DPP-PSD) for real time pulse processing.
SP5608 photo
The SP5601 is an ultra-fast LED Driver with pulse width at ns level, tunable intensity and frequency, that provides a low-cost tool for the detector characterization. The LED pulse generation can be triggered by an internal oscillator or by an external pulser.
SP5608 photo
The SP5650C is a sensor holder provided in the Educational Photon kit. The holder hosts a 1.3x1.3 mm2 Silicon Photo- Multipliers; moreover, a probe inside the holders senses temperature variations, thus allowing the user to compensate for possible gain instability. The SP5650C is made of a mechanical structure providing a FC fiber connector and a PCB where the SiPM is soldered.

(2) N93B Dual Timer is also necessary to perform this experiment.

SP5600 General Purpose Power Supply and Amplification Unit
- 154 x 71 x 43 mm3
- 2 SIPM Heads
Power Supply:
- Vbias: 0 ÷ 120 V
- Max Current: 100 µA
- Temp. Feedback Res.: 0.1 °C
Wideband amplifier:
- Gain: 0 ÷ 50 dB (step: 1 dB)
- Bandwidth (-3dB): 100 kHz ÷ 500 MHz
- Output dynamic range: ±2V
- Discriminator threshold: ±800mV (step: 25µV)
DT5720A Desktop Digitizer
- 1154x50x164 mm3 (WxHxD)
Analog Input:
- 2 channels (MCX 50 Ohm)
- Single-ended
- Input range: 2 Vpp
- Bandwidth: 125 MHz
- DAC Offset: ± FSR/2
Digital conversion:
- Resolution: 12 bit
- Sampling rate: 250 MS/s
- Optical Link
Digital Pulse Processing
- Digital Pulse Processing for charge Integration
SP5601 LED driver
- 79 x 42 x 102 mm3 (WxHxD)
LED specification:
- Wavelength: 405 nm (Violet)
- Pulse Width: 8 ns (Typ.)
Operating Modes:
- Tunable intensity and repetition rate
- Output frequency: From 500 Hz to 5 MHz
- Triggered via internal pulse generator, or via external source
Terminated optical fiber included
SP5650C Embedded SiPM: Hamamatsu MPPC S13360-1350CS 1.3x1.3 mm2 Active Area, Temperature feedback sensor embedded
Description Release Date OS-Version Environment Download
Windows DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win32 USB Driver(a) 3.4.9 July, 2016 7/8/8.1/10 (32-bit)
Drivers 32.5 KB - Type: .zip Download
Windows DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win64 USB driver 3.4.9 July, 2016 8.1/10 (64-bit)
Drivers 34.61 KB - Type: .zip Download
Windows DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win7_8_x64 USB driver 3.4.9 July, 2016 7/8 (64-bit)
Drivers 35.67 KB - Type: .zip Download
Windows SP5600 USB driver 2.0.0 July, 2016 7/8/8.1/10 (32 - 64 bit)
Drivers 6.87 KB - Type: .zip Download
Firmware CONET2 Compliant
Firmware   DT5720/N6720 DPP-CI Firmware 3.8_130.2 April, 2017
Release Notes 3.69 KB - Type: .txt Download
FW Package 285.48 KB - Type: .rbf Download
Control Software
Windows SiPM Kit Control Software(*) 00.29 April, 2017 Windows 7 or Greater
SW Package 2.54 MB - Type: .zip Download
Release Notes 2.48 KB - Type: .txt Download


  • (a) IMPORTANT!
    DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx Win32 USB Driver rel. 3.4.7 or above:
    - requires installation of Windows CAENVMELib library rel. 2.4 or above
    - does not work with: CAEN WaveDump rel . < 3.5.0; CAENUpgrader rel. < 1.3.0: DPP-PHA Control Software rel. < 1.1.0; DPP-PSD Control Software rel. < 1.1.0
  • (*) IMPORTANT!
    - SiPMkit_ControlSoftware rel. 00.6-build_20120520 or higher:
    - requires LabVIEW Run-Time Engine 2009 SP1 - (32-bit Standard RTE) and Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86
    - does not work with DT57xx-N67xx-DT55xx-DT5780 Win32 USB Driver rel. < 3.4.7
Code Description
Model Package Function Description Compare
All - Reset
SP5600AN Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Educational Kit - Premium Version
SP5600C Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Educational Gamma Kit
SP5600D Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Educational Beta Kit
SP5600E Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Educational Photon Kit
SP5600EMU Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits Emulation Kit
SP5700 Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits EasyPET
SP5701 Educational Kits Nuclear & Modern Physics Kits EasyPET Kit
Manuals Last Update
SP5600E Educational Photon Kit Content 21 July, 2016

Precautions for Handling Storage and Installation

Guides Last Update
This QuickStart Guide contains basic information and examples that will let you use SP5600E Educational Gamma Kit in few steps. GD5383 - SP5600E Educational Photon Kit QuikStart Guide 01 September, 2016
Data Sheet Last Update
SP5601 is a fast LED driver and represents the ideal tool for SiPM tests and characterization, through a triggered light burst of intensity down to a few photons and up to a number saturating the sensors. The SP5601 features tuneable intensity and repetition rate: the LED driver can be triggered either via the internal pulse generator, or via an external source; the optical signal is routed to the sensor through a fibre, FC interfaced. DS2477 - SP5601 Led Driver 10 December 2014
Educational Notes Last Update
This Note describes a method for the characterisation of the after-pulses in in Silicon Photomultipliers. The after-pulsing probability in SiPM and its time constant are obtained measuring the mean number of photo-electrons in a variable time window following a light pulse. The method, experimentally simple and statistically robust due to the use of the Central Limit Theorem, has been applied to an HAMAMATSU MPPC S10362-11-100C. ED3235 - A simple and robust method to study after-pulses in Silicon Photomultipliers 26 June, 2014
An educational experiment based on a SiPM set-up is proposed in this Educational Note, guiding the student towards a comprehensive knowledge of this sensor technology while experiencing the quantum nature of light and exploring the statistical properties of the light pulses emitted by a LED. arXiv:1308.3622v1 [physics.ins-det]. ED3127 - An Educational Kit Based on a Modular Silicon Photomultiplier System 30 June 2014
Experiment Guides Last Update
Characterization of a SiPM detector using an ultra-fast pulsed LED. Estimation of the main features of the detector at fixed bias voltage. SG6011 - SiPM Characterization May 2016
Study the dependence of the main SiPM figures of merit on the bias voltage. Measurement of the breakdown voltage and identification of the optimal working point. The experiment requires the use of the LED source included in the kit. SG6012 - Dependence of the SiPM Properties on the Bias Voltage May 2016
Gain, noise and photon detection efficiency (at fixed bias voltage) are affected by temperature. The student is driven through the measurement of the dependence of these critical figures. SG6013 - Temperature Effects on SiPM Properties May 2016
Exploring the quantum nature of light thanks to bunches of photons emitted in a few nanoseconds by an ultra-fast LED and sensed by a state-of-the-art detector, a Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM). SG6221 - Quantum Nature of Light May 2016
Statistical properties of the light pulses emitted by a LED driver. SG6222 - Hands-on Photon Counting Statistics May 2016

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