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Published December 2002 | public
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Programmable logic devices in experimental quantum optics


We discuss the unique capabilities of programmable logic devices (PLDs) for experimental quantum optics and describe basic procedures of design and implementation. Examples of advanced applications include optical metrology and feedback control of quantum dynamical systems. As a tutorial illustration of the PLD implementation process, a field-programmable gate array controller is used to stabilize the output of a Fabry-Perot cavity.

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© 2002 Optical Society of America. Received April 3, 2002; revised manuscript received June 24, 2002 J. Stockton acknowledges the support of a Hertz Foundation Fellowship and H. Mabuchi acknowledges the support of an A.P. Sloan Research Fellowship. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under grant PHY-9987541, and by the Office of Naval Research under Young Investigator Award N00014-00-1-0479.


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