HGS-HIRe Power Week on Detectors and Readout Electronics - February 2017 - Goethe University Frankfurt



February 20-24, 2017


Detectors and Readout Electronics


Jan Michel (U Frankfurt)
Michał Koziel (U Frankfurt)
Jens Wiechula (U Frankfurt)

Lab Work

Phlipp Klaus (U Frankfurt)
Jan Michel (U Frankfurt)
Michael Wiebusch (U Frankfurt)


Gerhard Burau (HGS-HIRe)

Course Information

Course Contents/Program

The main topics of this HGS-HIRe Power Week will be current detector technologies, their applications and the electronics required to use them. The lectures will cover state-of-the-art detector technologies including semiconductor detectors as being used as tracking devices (e.g. for CBM or PANDA) as well as other common detector types like gas-filled detectors.

Apart from that, there will be an introduction to electronics involved in the process of first converting the weak electric signals of detectors to strong pulses and further process them. The practical part of the week will be held in the electronics lab: We are going to give an introduction on programmable logic devices (FPGA) as almost all data acquisition systems use these as integral part of data taking, processing and transport. Using actual detector signals from a scintillator based muon detector to implement features like coincidence measurements and efficiency determination. To complete the set of front-end electronics we will try to build our own TDC (Time-to-Digital-Converter) for time-of-flight measurements and a gamma ray detector based on a single silicon diode.

What to bring

  1. No special equipment needed - just your favourite note taking tool, maybe a simple calculator or the PDG booklet.
  2. Work in the lab will be in groups of two. Each group will need (at least) one notebook with Linux or Windows and some software: Lattice Diamond (FPGA Design Suite) - can be downloaded from latticesemi.com after registration, or is provided to participants beforehand.
  3. Your favorite text editor (Kate on Linux or Notepad++ on Windows are rather good choices)
  4. For Windows-Users: A terminal program like HTerm
  5. Wireless access via Eduroam is required

Agenda (updated Monday, February 20)

Monday (Feb 20)

10:15Lecture: Detector Electronics 1
12:00Safety Instruction
13:30Lecture: Gas Detectors 1
15:15Lab Work
18:00End of Day 1

Tuesday (Feb 21)

09:00Lecture: Detector Electronics 2
11:00Lecture: Gas Detectors 2
13:30Visit to the IKF Labs
14:30Lab Work
18:00End of Day 2

Wednesday (Feb 22)

09:00Lecture: Detector Electronics 3
11:00Lecture: Semiconductor Detectors 1
13:30Lab Work
18:00End of Day 3
18:30Dinner / Get-together

Thursday (Feb 23)

09:00Lecture: Gas Detectors 3
11:00Lecture: Semiconductor Detectors 2
13:30Lab Work
18:00End of Day 4

Friday (Feb 24)

09:00Lecture: Semiconductor Detectors 3
10:00Lab Work
13:30Lab Work
15:00End of Day 5

Practical Information


Registration is done via email to info@hgs-hire.de.


The scientific program of the power week starts with a welcome and introduction session on Monday morning at 10:00. Please arrive well in time. The power week will close on Friday late afternoon.

Late arrivals

If you will arrive late please contact the coordinator in advance.


The power week will be held in the labs of the Goethe University Frankfurt. We meet on Monday at 9:45 at the main entrance of the physics building, Max-von-Laue-Str. 1, 60438 Frankfurt.


Travel to the venue is on Monday, February 20, in the morning. Please arrange for individual travel to the location. We encourage to use public transport or car pools.


Accomodation will be organized if necessary. Please let the coordinator know in advance.


Special food requirements (vegetarian, other) should be communicated to the coordinator in advance.
Full board is included in the power week.

What to bring

Clothing: The power week will be very informal, so only casual attire is necessary.


Wireless internet access is available. Please bring your own laptop.


All basic expenses are covered by HGS-HIRe. You only have to pay for local expenses (drinks etc.). All meals are included.


Though this trip will not generate any costs for your supervisor or group please do not forget to file a trip request so you are covered by insurance during the power week. Please ask the secretary of your official supervisor at the university for the appropriate form.

Participants (max. 18)

  1. Kshitij Agarwal
  2. Adem Ates
  3. Julian Bergmann
  4. Mohammad Sadegh Ebrahimi
  5. Philipp Erbacher
  6. Andres Gomez
  7. Pavlos Koseoglou
  8. Neeraj Kurichiyanil
  9. Christian Länger
  10. Cesar Lizarazo
  11. Dinu Mihailescu-Stoica
  12. Philipp Napiralla
  13. Heiko Niebuhr
  14. Lisa Olbrich
  15. Vivek Patel
  16. Alexey Prosvetov
  17. Adrian Rost
  18. Johannes Wiederhold
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