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Programmable system on chip for controlling an atomic physics experiment

TitleProgrammable system on chip for controlling an atomic physics experiment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsA.. Sitaram, G.. K. Campbell, and A.. Restelli
JournalRev. Sci. Instrum.
Date PublishedMAY 1
Type of ArticleArticle

Most atomic physics experiments are controlled by a digital pattern generator used to synchronize all equipment by providing triggers and clocks. Recently, the availability of well-documented open-source development tools has lifted the barriers to using programmable systems on chip (PSoCs), making them a convenient and versatile tool for synthesizing digital patterns. Here, we take advantage of these advancements in the design of a versatile clock and pattern generator using a PSoC. We present our design with the intent of highlighting the new possibilities that PSoCs have to offer in terms of flexibility. We provide a robust hardware carrier and basic firmware implementation that can be expanded and modified for other uses. Published under license by AIP Publishing.