Journal article

A sound card based multi-channel frequency measurement system

  • Groeger, Stephan Physics Department, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland - Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
  • Bison, Georg Physics Department, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Knowles, Paul E. Physics Department, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Weis, Antoine Physics Department, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
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    2006
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  • The European Physical Journal: Applied Physics. - 2006, vol. 33, p. 221-224
English For physical processes which express themselves as a frequency, for example magnetic field measurements using optically-pumped alkali-vapor magnetometers, the precise extraction of the frequency from the noisy signal is a classical problem. We describe herein a frequency measurement system based on an inexpensive commercially available computer sound card coupled with a software single-tone estimator which reaches Cramér-Rao limited performance, a feature which commercial frequency counters often lack. Characterization of the system and examples of its successful application to magnetometry are presented.
Faculty
Faculté des sciences
Department
Physique
Language
  • English
Classification
Computer science
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Identifiers
  • RERO DOC 5820
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https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/299999
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