The CDMS II data acquisition system

D. A. Bauer, S. Burke, J. Cooley, M. Crisler, P. Cushman, F. Dejongh, L. Duong, R. Ferril, S. R. Golwala, J. Hall, D. Holmgren, R. Mahapatra, H. Nelson, A. Reisetter, J. Sander, C. Savage

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The Data Acquisition System for the CDMS II dark matter experiment was designed and built when the experiment moved to its new underground installation at the Soudan Lab. The combination of remote operation and increased data load necessitated a completely new design. Elements of the original LabView system remained as stand-alone diagnostic programs, but the main data processing moved to a VME-based system with custom electronics for signal conditioning, trigger formation and buffering. The data rate was increased 100-fold and the automated cryogenic system was linked to the data acquisition. A modular server framework with associated user interfaces was implemented in Java to allow control and monitoring of the entire experiment remotely.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-133
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 11 2011


  • CDMS
  • DAQ
  • Dark matter
  • Data acquisition
  • Soudan
  • WIMP


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