Seminarios de Instrumentación
RFSoC-PYNQ Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector Readout

Jenny Smith


Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) are superconducting detectors capable of single-photon-counting with energy resolution across the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared spectrum with microsecond timing precision. This unique combination of abilities enables a broad range of science goals from exoplanet detection to CMB measurements all with a single camera. In order to function as scientific cameras, MKIDs are multiplexed into kilo-pixel superconducting arrays that require large instantaneous readout bandwidths and resource-intensive real-time-processing.This talk will introduce MKID science then discuss the new digital readout system being developed on the Xilinx ZCU111 RFSoC platform. The talk will cover how to use modern tools including Vivado High-Level Synthesis (HLS), Vivado ML Intelligent Design Runs (IDR), and Python Productivity for ZYNQ (PYNQ) to create an adaptable, reprogrammable, open-source MKID readout system which is easier to use and more maintainable by scientists without sacrificing performance.

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RFSoC-PYNQ Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detector Readout
Jenny Smith
Monday July 11, 2022 - 16:00 GMT+1  (Online)
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About the speaker

Jenny has a B.S. in physics from Harvey Mudd College and is currently a fourth year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Ben Mazin’s group. Her research interests include superconducting detectors, microwave engineering, digital-signal-processing, and high-speed FPGA design. She spent last summer interning for Xilinx on the PYNQ team where she focused on developing open-source, scientific instrumentation-motivated designs including a 100 GbE high-speed offload tutorial. Jenny is funded by a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.