FPGA based detector signal processing
Module version of WS 2017/8
There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.
Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.
|available module versions|
|WS 2021/2||SS 2021||WS 2020/1||SS 2020||WS 2019/20||SS 2019||WS 2018/9||SS 2018||WS 2017/8||WS 2015/6||SS 2011|
PH2101 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics
- Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
- Focus Area Bio-Sensors in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for condensed matter physics
- Complementary catalogue of special courses for Biophysics
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||75 h||5 CP|
Responsible coordinator of the module PH2101 in the version of WS 2017/8 was Stephan Paul.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
- Introduction to the FPGA design process (modeling, simulation, synthesis, Xilinx design tools)
- Introduction to the VHDL hardware description language (modularity, concurrent/sequential statements, synchronous/asynchronous logic)
- Electronic design with VHDL and FPGAs (pipelined data processing, data flow control, counters, state machines)
- Signal processing basics (signal sampling, FFT, digital filters)
- Detector readout concepts (analog pipeline ASICs, sampling ADCs)
- Debug and measurement equipment (oscilloscope, logic analyzer)
- Design of a data acquisition system based on Xilinx FPGAs for a particle detector. (frontend ASIC configuration and readout, signal baseline correction, trigger decision, amplitude detection, ...)
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
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Learning and Teaching Methods
Description of exams and course work
In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.
In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.