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Does anyone have any suggestion on a handbook of instrumentation? In particular NIM instrumentation... I would like an approach which will explain the techniques and how to use NIM modules.

In particluar I would like an approach from the point of view of the user, not the developer. For instance, ''what does the "veto" do in a dual timer?'', ''How to use a discriminator for a simple trigger?'' and stuff like that.

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closed as not constructive by Waffle's Crazy Peanut, Emilio Pisanty, dmckee Feb 8 '13 at 16:22

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Well, the article you linked to provides a link to the standard in PDF format. There isn't a "user's manual" that I know of but most practical experimental texts from the 702-90s say a bit about it. I learned out of Leo Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments - A How-to Approach, though annoyingly my copy has been missing for upwards of a year now. – dmckee Feb 3 '13 at 4:56
@dmckee:Thank you very much for your comment! I have already read Leo, but I would like a more experimental approach. Leo just describes some modules but he doesn't say anything about how to use them. As far as the link you provided os concerned, I have also checked and again I would like something from a user's point of view... – Thanos Feb 3 '13 at 7:39

A very good but general reference is Building Scientific Apparatus by Moore, et al. It should have a few pages devoted to NIM equipment. A better electronics reference Art of Electronic by Horowitz and Hill, but they don't discuss NIM (to my knowledge). They do discuss good habits in soldering and making electronics boxes.

If you have the choice, I would try to avoid NIM. I use a lot of homemade NIM modules and I find that the NIM standards are antiquated and problematic for many of our purposes. On the other hand, I don't actually do nuclear physics, so I don't benefit from the available electronics manufactured for NIM.

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Thank you very much for your answer! Although the suggested books are great, they don't meet my criteria. I need a textbook/handbook which will describe the use of NIM module. I need NIM because I am working on detectors... – Thanos Feb 3 '13 at 7:54

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