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Programmable System on Chip for controlling an atomic physics experiment



Ananya Sitaram, Gretchen K. Campbell, Alessandro Restelli


Most atomic physics experiments are controlled by a digital pattern generator used to synchronize all equipment by providing triggers and clocks. Recently, the availability of well-documented open-source development tools has lifted the barriers to using programmable systems on chip (PSoC), making them a convenient and versatile tool for synthesizing digital patterns. Here, we take advantage of these advancements in the design of a versatile clock and pattern generator using a PSoC. We present our design with the intent of highlighting the new possibilities that PSoCs have to offer in terms of flexibility. We provide a robust hardware carrier and basic firmware implementation that can be expanded and modified for other uses.
Review of Scientific Instruments


Atomic Physics, Laser Cooling and Trapping, FPGA electronics


Sitaram, A. , Campbell, G. and Restelli, A. (2021), Programmable System on Chip for controlling an atomic physics experiment, Review of Scientific Instruments, [online],, (Accessed May 21, 2024)


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Created July 23, 2021, Updated November 29, 2022