JQI Short Course: Building custom electronic instrumentation
Two Course lecture series, May 29th and May 30th (please note, this course will be in two parts, the first on May 29th from 1pm - 3pm and finishing on May 30th from 1pm - 3pm)
In modern Physics laboratories building custom electronic instrumentation is a fundamental step in the design of many cutting-edge experiments. Often commercial instrumentation is not available for a particular experiment simply because, due to the novelty of the setup, the needed functionality or specification has never been required before. Design and troubleshooting of analogue or mixed analogue-digital electronics is therefore an important and increasingly required set of skills in the career of an experimental physicist. In this seminar I will provide suggestions and rules of thumb for successful PCB (printed circuit board) layout using modern SMDs (surface mount devices). Some of the topics covered during the seminar will be: reduction of interference and ground loops in low noise and high frequency analog design, differential signaling, power supply design and successfully mechanical assembly and troubleshooting during prototyping.