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Dynamic Light Scattering Instrumentation Using Field Programmable Gate Array-based Digital Signal Processing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 09-505-69
Amount: $89,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2009
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
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Principal Investigator
 George Williams
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An existing low-cost FPGA-based processing platform will be demonstrated with fiber-coupling to single-photon detectors, to perform photon-arrival time stamping with <25-ps jitter. Multi-channel auto/cross-correlation will be implemented along with dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis algorithms for fitting multiple diffusion models to measured samples. Existing Matlab and Simulink tools will be used to model the instrument, to perform design tradeoffs, and to develop a user interface for DLS experiments. An instrument specification will be finalized, including any necessary sensor and laser configuration and control interfaces, host I/O, memory, and identification of the features necessary for compatibility with the flow reactor and other measurement systems. The DLS algorithms will then be demonstrated using simulated and existing data. A small-sized FPGA-based printed circuit board including a microcontroller and USB and Gigabit-Ethernet communications will be fabricated, the VHDL code will be implemented, and the DLS processing platform will be demonstrated, characterized, and delivered to NIST.

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