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Title: A firmware-defined digital direct-sampling NMR spectrometer for condensed matter physics

We report on the design and implementation of a new digital, broad-band nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer suitable for probing condensed matter. The spectrometer uses direct sampling in both transmission and reception. It relies on a single, commercially-available signal processing device with a user-accessible field-programmable gate array (FPGA). Its functions are defined exclusively by the FPGA firmware and the application software. Besides allowing for fast replication, flexibility, and extensibility, our software-based solution preserves the option to reuse the components for other projects. The device operates up to 400 MHz without, and up to 800 MHz with undersampling, respectively. Digital down-conversion with ±10 MHz passband is provided on the receiver side. The system supports high repetition rates and has virtually no intrinsic dead time. We describe briefly how the spectrometer integrates into the experimental setup and present test data which demonstrates that its performance is competitive with that of conventional designs.
Authors:
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  1. Laboratorium für Festkörperphysik, ETH Hönggerberg, CH-8093 Zürich, Switzerland and Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22314279
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Review of Scientific Instruments; Journal Volume: 85; Journal Issue: 9; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
46 INSTRUMENTATION RELATED TO NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY; COMPUTER CODES; DEAD TIME; DESIGN; MATHEMATICAL SOLUTIONS; MHZ RANGE; NMR SPECTROMETERS; PERFORMANCE; PROBES; SAMPLING; SIGNALS