Signal processing and general purpose data acquisition system for on-line tomographic measurements

A. Murari, P. Martin, O. Hemming, G. Manduchi, L. Marrelli, C. Taliercio, A. Hoffmann

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New analog signal conditioning electronics and data acquisition systems have been developed for the soft x-ray and bolometric tomography diagnostic in the reverse field pinch experiment (RFX). For the soft x-ray detectors the analog signal processing includes a fully differential current to voltage conversion, with up to a 200 kHz bandwidth. For the bolometers, a 50 kHz carrier frequency amplifier allows a maximum bandwidth of 10 kHz. In both cases the analog signals are digitized with a 1 MHz sampling rate close to the diagnostic and are transmitted via a transparent asynchronous xmitter/receiver interface (TAXI) link to purpose built Versa Module Europa (VME) modules which perform data acquisition. A software library has been developed for data preprocessing and tomographic reconstruction. It has been written in C language and is self-contained, i.e., no additional mathematical library is required. The package is therefore platform-free: in particular it can perform online analysis in a real-time application, such as continuous display and feedback, and is portable for long duration fusion or other physical experiments. Due to the modular organization of the library, new preprocessing and analysis modules can be easily integrated in the environment. This software is implemented in RFX over three different platforms: open VMS, digital Unix, and VME 68040 CPU. © 1997 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951 - 954
Number of pages4
JournalReview of Scientific Instruments
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation

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Murari, A., Martin, P., Hemming, O., Manduchi, G., Marrelli, L., Taliercio, C., & Hoffmann, A. (1997). Signal processing and general purpose data acquisition system for on-line tomographic measurements. Review of Scientific Instruments, 68(1), 951 - 954.