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Integrated circuits for detector signal processing and radiation hardened design

Session chair: O'Connor , Paul (Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, USA); Giordano , Raffaele (University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy)
Shortcut: SC-01
Date: Saturday, 16 October, 2021, 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Room: SC-01
Session type: Short Course

This one-day course is intended to introduce physicists and detector specialists to the fundamentals of integrated circuits (IC), front end design, and radiation-hardened design. 
The course provides an overview of analog design methodologies and semiconductor devices and then delves into the details of implementing practical circuits in modern CMOS technology. In the second part of the course, the participants will learn state-of-the-art design techniques to implement radiation-hardened reconfigurable digital circuits in the radiation detection readout. A basic knowledge of detectors and electronics is assumed.


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8:00 AM SC-01-01

Lecture1a: Paul O’Connor (#1470)

P. O'Connor1

1 Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, United States of America


  • Brief introduction to design methodology (CAD tools and foundry access for research-scale projects)
  • Analog circuit design
  • Basic architectures with elementary amplifiers
  • Building blocks for the analog channel: charge-sensitive and pulse-shaping amplifiers, baseline stabilizers, peak detectors, track/hold, multiplexers, output stages
  • Feature extraction: event occurrence, position, time, energy
  • Overview of analog-to-digital and time-to-digital converters
  • Application examples from particle physics, astrophysics, photon science, and medical imaging

Senior scientist and group leader for the Instrumentation Division of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

O’Connor is a senior staff scientist and leads the Signal Processing and Electronics group in the Instrumentation Division of Brookhaven Lab. He attended Brown University, earning a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1977 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1980. He joined AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff in 1980 and arrived at Brookhaven Lab’s in 1990. He is an author on more than 100 publications and has seven patents for microelectronic and detector technologies.

Keywords: Short Course
11:30 AM SC-01-02


12:00 PM SC-01-03

Lecture2: Raffaele Giordano (#1580)

R. Giordano1, 2

1 Università di Napoli Federico II, Dipartimento di Fisica, Napoli, Italy
2 INFN - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Napoli, Napoli, Italy


- Basics of radiation effects in microelectronics - Introduction to radiation hardening by design in digital circuits - Techniques for real-time self-repair in reconfigurable ICs Biographie Associate Professor, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy Giordano is associate professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Naples Federico II (Unina), Italy. He received the master’s and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the same institution in 2007 and 2010, respectively. As a postdoctoral researcher and assistant professor he has been involved in experiments at CERN and at the Japan High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, KEK. Since 2016, he is a faculty member at Unina where he leads R&D projects on novel instrumentation for High-Energy Physics. He is an author of more than 390 scientific papers and holds two international patents for digital oscillators and radiation hardening techniques.

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