A low-cost slow control system for the PandaX-4T experiment

  • Peng Ji
  • Xun ChenEmail author
  • Andi Tan
  • Chongjie WangEmail author
  • Chunxu Yu
  • Li Zhao
  • Ning Zhou
Original Paper



The PandaX-4T experiment is a next-generation dark matter search program located in the China Jinping Underground Laboratory. To ensure the stability of the complex instrument during the planned operation, the status of the facility should be monitored continuously.


The paper reports the design of the slow control system for the experiment. The system is used to monitor the facility status and generate an alarm signal while the detector is in abnormal status.


Low-cost hardware is employed for the distributed data collection. Python-based data collection program was developed. We also used the open source software for data storage, visualization and anomaly detection, so that the development of the system is simplified.


We finally achieved a low-cost and robust slow control system for the prototype detector in short time. It is running well currently. The system will be integrated with the PandaX-4T facility in late 2019.


Dark matter experiment Slow control system Open source software 



This project has been supported by the grants from National Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11435008, 11455001, 11505112 and 11525522), a grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (No. 2016YFA0400301). We thank the support of a key laboratory grant from the Office of Science and Technology, Shanghai Municipal Government (No. 11DZ2260700) and the support from the Key Laboratory for Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology, Ministry of Education. This work is supported in part by the Chinese Academy of Sciences Center for Excellence in Particle Physics (CCEPP).

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Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.

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© Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Nuclear Electronics and Nuclear Detection Society 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Liaoning Normal UniversityDalianChina
  2. 2.INPAC, School of Physics and AstronomyShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  4. 4.School of PhysicsNankai UniversityTianjinChina

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