PXI-Standard Automatic Setup and Control of a 20-GHz-Bandwidth, Transient Digitizer for Accelerator Beam Diagnostics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,952.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-03ER83677
Award Id:
61831
Agency Tracking Number:
72474S03-I
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
175 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY, 10523
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
StevenKaplan
(914) 592-1190
kaplan@hypres.com
Business Contact:
EdwardKulinski
(914) 592-1190
ekulinski@hypres.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
72474S03-I Measuring and characterizing the time evolution of very fast electronic waveforms requires a transient digitizer (digitizing oscilloscope) with a large input bandwidth and a high sampling rate. For example, the control of accelerators requires measuring the beam bunch profile; controlling laser fusion experiments requires measuring pulse profiles from multiple lasers. This project will conduct a two-pronged approach to produce the world¿s highest-bandwidth digital oscilloscope: (1) a compact rack of PXI-standard electronics, with an interface to automatically set up and optimize digitizer performance, will be developed; and (2) the bandwidth and sampling rates will be doubled to 20 GHz and 80 GigaSamples/second, respectively. Phase I will design, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of the more compact controller. Also, a simplified digitizer chip, to be operated by the controller, will be designed and tested. The design exercise will include a transition to the full higher-bandwidth design, which will contain digital error correction for high performance, to be developed in Phase II. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: The transient digitizer should be used for measuring the bunch profile of accelerator beams such as at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), and would be useful for both laser and target diagnostic work at the National Ignition Facility (NIF). Also, the multi-billion-dollar communications industry requires the capability of digitizing very high-speed signals to extend the reach of fiber communications systems.

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