Jul 22 – 26, 2019
Europe/Rome timezone

Development of a Reconfigurable Readout for Superconducting Arrays

Jul 23, 2019, 5:45 PM
1h 15m
Piazza Città di Lombardia (Milano)

Piazza Città di Lombardia


Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1, 20124 Milano MI
Poster Detector readout, signal processing, and related technologies Poster session


Mr Adrian Sinclair (Arizona State University)


New fully integrated digital signal processing technology called Radio
Frequency System on a Chip (RFSoC) developed for communications and
defense applications will set the standard for future astronomical
instruments which utilize superconducting arrays of kinetic inductance
detectors (KID), Transition edge sensors (TES), and nanowire single
photon detectors (SNSPD). The RFSoC combines a fabric of
reconfigurable logic, high speed input/output digitizers, and a
microprocessor all onto a single integrated chip. This dramatically
reduces the size, weight, and power of the system while simultaneously
increasing the instantaneous bandwidth. In parallel the open source
community has developed a Python interface for high performance SoCs
which allows for rapid software development. Taking advantage of this
product of Moore's law and leveraging previous work we have begun
firmware development on the ZCU111 RFSoC evaluation board. We report
on the algorithms, firmware, and software implementation as well as
preliminary measurements with superconducting arrays. We will also
discuss the potential for RFSoC-based readouts as a platform for
balloon-borne and space based telescopes.

Student (Ph.D., M.Sc. or B.Sc.) Y
Less than 5 years of experience since completion of Ph.D Y

Primary author

Mr Adrian Sinclair (Arizona State University)


Dr Benjamin Mazin (UCSB) Dr Damon Bradley (NASA GSFC) Ms Jennifer Smith (UCSB) Mr Jonathan Hoh (Arizona State University) Mr Lynn Miles (NASA GSFC) Prof. Philip Mauskopf (Arizona State University) Mr Ryan Stephenson (Arizona State University) Dr Sean Bryan (Arizona State University) Dr Tracee Jamison (NASA GSFC) Mr Tyler Browning (University of Delaware)

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