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An open-source readout for MKIDs
Author(s): Ran Duan; Sean McHugh; Bruno Serfass; Benjamin A. Mazin; A. Merrill; Sunil R. Golwala; Thomas P. Downes; Nicole G. Czakon; Peter K. Day; Jiansong Gao; Jason Glenn; Matthew I. Hollister; Henry G. Leduc; Philip R. Maloney; Omid Noroozian; Hien T. Nguyen; Jack Sayers; James A. Schlaerth; Seth Siegel; John E. Vaillancourt; Anastasios Vayonakis; Philip R. Wilson; Jonas Zmuidzinas
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Paper Abstract

This paper will present the design, implementation, performance analysis of an open source readout system for arrays of microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKID) for mm/submm astronomy. The readout system will perform frequency domain multiplexed real-time complex microwave transmission measurements in order to monitor the instantaneous resonance frequency and dissipation of superconducting microresonators. Each readout unit will be able to cover up to 550 MHz bandwidth and readout 256 complex frequency channels simultaneously. The digital electronics include the customized DAC, ADC, IF system and the FPGA based signal processing hardware developed by CASPER group.1-7 The entire system is open sourced, and can be customized to meet challenging requirement in many applications: e.g. MKID, MSQUID etc.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7741, Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V, 77411V (15 July 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856832

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7741:
Millimeter, Submillimeter, and Far-Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy V
Wayne S. Holland; Jonas Zmuidzinas, Editor(s)

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