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Digital Frequency Multiplexer for TES Detectors—Path to Flight

Dobbs, M. and Aubin, F. and de Haan, T. and Hanany, S. and Harrington, N. and Holzapfel, W. and Hubmayr, J. and Lee, A. and Lueker, M. and Macdermid, K. and Smecher, G. (2012) Digital Frequency Multiplexer for TES Detectors—Path to Flight. Journal of Low Temperature Physics, 167 (5-6). pp. 568-574. ISSN 0022-2291. doi:10.1007/s10909-012-0470-5.

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Frequency-domain multiplexing has been used for reading out ∼1000 detectors on the APEX-SZ and South Pole Telescope receiver for half a decade and produced many high-impact science papers. A new digital FPGA-based backend reduces the power consumption and system-size by an order of magnitude. This Digital Frequency-domain Multiplexer (DfMUX) was operated successfully in a space-like environment during the stratospheric balloon test-flight of the EBEX polarimeter, saw first light on the POLARBEAR experiment in 2010, and will be deployed for the South Pole Telescope polarimeter and ASTE sub-mm continuum camera. We are presently developing a new generation DfMUX targeting a factor 5 lower power consumption and robustness for satellite platforms. The system will incorporate new technology for identifying and correcting radiation induced errors in the FPGA logic, higher bandwidth to accommodate a multiplexing factor of 64, and Digital Active Nulling (DAN) feedback. DAN linearizes the SQUID system response while dramatically reducing its input impedance.

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Additional Information:© 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Received: 31 July 2011; Accepted: 2 January 2012; Published online: 20 January 2012. TheMcGill authors acknowledge funding from the Canadian Space Agency, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Canadian Foundation for Innovation. M.D. acknowledges support from an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and Canada Research Chairs program. The South Pole Telescope is a National Science Foundation funded project through grants ANT-0638937 and ANT-0130612. EBEX is a NASA supported mission through grant numbers NNX08AG40G and NNX07AP36H. The Polarbear project is funded by the National Science Foundation under grant AST-0618398.
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Subject Keywords:Readout multiplexing; Transition edge sensor; Space astronomy
Issue or Number:5-6
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