Introduction to Signal Processing in Experimental Physics
Progress in natural science and technology is based on carefully conducted experiments: ranging from particle accelerators, gravitational waves observatories, genome sequencing, to autonomous vehicles.
To enable you to contribute to this progress this course introduces the basics of signal acquisition and processing using modern analog and digital electronic circuitry.
The course is organised in lecture tutorials, laboratory exercises and an experimental project.
Understand and set-up simple passive electronic circuits
Design simple active circuits for signal conditioning
Describe (linear) systems with transfer functions
Discuss the limitations and noise of sensors and circuits
Select and use suitable ADCs for data acquisition tasks
Construct truth tables for Boolean functions
Implement simple logic operations in FPGA hardware
Understand and discuss different data representation
This course gives the student a solid background in signal processing, practical experience with modern data acquisition and experiment control methods. It provides students with a good basis for laboratory work in MSc or PhD projects and experimental work in all natural sciences dealing with data acquisition.
Passive and active electronic components
Transfer functions of linear systems, filters
Operational amplifier circuits
Signal conditioning and feedback
Noise in electronic circuits
Sampling and analog to digital conversion
Data types and representations/encoding
Introduction to Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
Lecture tutorial, laboratory exercises, experimental project.
Short hands-on exercises will be part of the lecture tutorials for a deeper understanding of the presented concepts.
In the first weeks of the course, lab exercises will be offered to the students. They will work in groups and get acquainted with the lab instrumentation. The goal is to apply the topics learned during the lecture tutorials.
In the last weeks of the course the group of students will work on an experimental project
See Absalon for a list of course literature
Lecture notes, book chapters, research articles.
Basic knowledge of physics (in particular electromagnetism) and mathematics equivalent to the first two years of BSc education is required. Strong interest in experimental work is recommended.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutesWritten assignment, during course
- Type of assessment details
- 30 minutes, no preparation time
Oral exam: 80% of the final grade
Written project report (max 5 pages): 20% of the final grade.
The parts of the exam do not need to be passed separately, only the total exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Several internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment
See Intended learning outcome.
Single subject courses (day)
- Practical exercises
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
- Block 3
- 24 participants.
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period.
- Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
- The Niels Bohr Institute
- Faculty of Science
- Jörg Helge Müller (6-70786f6f68754371656c316e7831676e)
- Alessandra Camplani (10-68356a687477736875704775697035727c356b72)
- Jean-Baptiste Sylvain Béguin (7-6e66696b796d724472666d326f7932686f)
Jean-Baptiste Sylvain Béguin
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