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Frequency multiplexed flux locked loop architecture providing an array of DC SQUIDS having both shared and unshared components

United States Patent

March 12, 2002
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Architecture for frequency multiplexing multiple flux locked loops in a system comprising an array of DC SQUID sensors. The architecture involves dividing the traditional flux locked loop into multiple unshared components and a single shared component which, in operation, form a complete flux locked loop relative to each DC SQUID sensor. Each unshared flux locked loop component operates on a different flux modulation frequency. The architecture of the present invention allows a reduction from 2N to N+1 in the number of connections between the cryogenic DC SQUID sensors and their associated room temperature flux locked loops. Furthermore, the 1.times.N architecture of the present invention can be paralleled to form an M.times.N array architecture without increasing the required number of flux modulation frequencies.
Ganther, Jr.; Kenneth R. (Olathe, KS), Snapp; Lowell D. (Independence, MO)
Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Township, NJ)
09/ 596,137
June 16, 2000
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of contract No. DE-AC04-76-DP00613 awarded by the United States Department of Energy.