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  • 2017 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics and European Quantum Electronics Conference
  • (Optica Publishing Group, 2017),
  • paper EA_P_8

PyRPL (Python Red Pitaya Lockbox) - an open-source software package for FPGA-controlled quantum optics experiments

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The Red Pitaya [1] is an affordable (< 250 Euros) field-programmable gate array (FPGA) board with fast analog inputs and outputs (sampled at 125 MHz). This makes it useful for quantum optics experiments, in particular as a digital feedback controller for analog systems. Based on the open source software provided by the board manufacturer, we have created the software package PyRPL [2] (Python RedPitaya Lockbox) which implements many devices that are needed for optics experiments with the Red Pitaya. The user interface and all high-level functionalities are written in Python, but an essential part of the software is contained in a custom FPGA design written in the hardware description language (HDL) Verilog.

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