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Panoramic SETI: overall focal plane electronics and timing and network protocols

Liu, Wei and Werthimer, Dan and Lee, Ryan and Antonio, Franklin and Aronson, Michael and Brown, Aaron and Drake, Frank and Howard, Andrew and Horowitz, Paul and Maire, Jérôme and Raffanti, Rick and Stone, Remington and Treffers, Richard and Wright, Shelley A. (2020) Panoramic SETI: overall focal plane electronics and timing and network protocols. In: Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII. Proceedings of SPIE. No.11447. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, Art. No. 114477G. ISBN 9781510636811.

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The PANOSETI experiment is an all-sky, all-the-time visible search for nanosecond to millisecond time-scale transients. The experiment will deploy observatory domes at several sites, each dome containing ~45 telescopes and covering ~4,440 square degrees. Here we describe the focal-plane electronics for the visible wavelength telescopes, each of which contains a Mother Board and four Quadrant Boards. On each quadrant board, 256 silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) photon detectors are arranged to measure pulse heights to search for nanosecond time-scale pulses. To simultaneously examine pulse widths over a large range of time scales (nanoseconds to milliseconds), the instrument implements both a Continuous Imaging Mode (CI-Mode) and a Pulse Height Mode (PH-Mode). Precise timing is implemented in the gateware with the White Rabbit protocol.

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Additional Information:© 2020 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The PANOSETI research and instrumentation program is made possible by the enthusiastic support and interest of Franklin Antonio. We thank the Bloomfield Family Foundation for supporting SETI research at UC San Diego in the CASS Optical and Infrared Laboratory. Harvard SETI was supported by The Bosack/Kruger Charitable Foundation and The Planetary Society. UC Berkeley’s SETI efforts involved with PANOSETI are supported by NSF grant 1407804, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and the Marilyn and Watson Alberts SETI Chair fund. We would like to thank the staff at Mt. Laguna and Lick Observatory for their help with equipment testing. The following vendors have been most gracious with their answers to our frequent technical questions: Hamamatsu, Weeroc, CAEN Technologies, and Amplification Technologies.
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Subject Keywords:SETI, High speed Imaging, Wide Field Imaging, Pulse Height, Detector, SiPM, Instrumentation, White Rabbit, HDF5
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Issue or Number:11447
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Official Citation:Wei Liu, Dan Werthimer, Ryan Lee, Franklin Antonio, Michael Aronson, Aaron Brown, Frank Drake, Andrew Howard, Paul Horowitz, Jerome Maire, Rick Raffanti, Remington Stone, Richard Treffers, and Shelley A. Wright "Panoramic SETI: overall focal plane electronics and timing and network protocols", Proc. SPIE 11447, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VIII, 114477G (13 December 2020);
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