FPGA based detector signal processing
Module version of SS 2018
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 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 SS 2018 was Stephan Paul.
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
Detector data acquisition and online signal processing with programmable logic / field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
- 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, ...)
Der Kurs hat keine besonderen, über die der Masterstudiengänge hinausgehenden Voraussetzungen.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||2||FPGA Based Detector Signal Processing||
Assistants: Huber, S.
Thu, 14:00–16:00, PH 3268
|UE||2||Exercise to FPGA Based Detector Signal Processing||
Responsible/Coordination: Paul, S.
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Learning and Teaching Methods
The course is divided into a lecture part and an applied laboratory part. The basic theory is covered by the lecture which can be applied immediately to the design software in the laboratory part. The different tasks for the final data acquisition project are shared between the students and can be implemented besides the course. The Xilinx FPGA design software is also available for installation on student laptops.
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