Advanced Shutter Control for a Molecular Beam Epitaxy Reactor
US Army Research Laboratory Adelphi United States
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An open-source hardware and software-based shutter controller solution was developed that communicates over Ethernet withour original equipment manufacturer OEM molecular beam epitaxy MBE reactor control software. An Arduino Megamicrocontroller is the used for the brain of the shutter controller, while a custom-designed circuit board distributes 24-Vpower to each of the 16 shutter solenoids available on the MBE. Using Ethernet communications supported by the OEMsoftware, the new shutter controller eliminates the need for proprietary interface cards inside the control computer.