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    The Electronic Workshop

    Electronic Workshop in brief

    IASF-PA Electronic Workshop designs and develops electronic equipments for astrophysical experiments. Other than his institutional work with INAF, IASF-PA Electronic Workshop also collaborates with other Scientific Institution to design specific electronic equipments (INFN, CNR, Physics Department of Palermo University, Private Companies). IASF-PA Electronic Workshop designs electronic apparatuses starting from specific requirements and uses the latest technology for the ultimate scientific instruments development.

    IASF-PA Electronic Workshop activity fully covers the experiment development chain: 

    • instruments manufacturing & calibration
    • experimental set-up arrangement for physical data measurements
    • experiment management using Host Computers
    IASF-PA Electronic Workshop activities is mainly related to design & development of:
    • Front-End for very fast photon detectors
    • high speed storage & data acquisition systems
    • high speed transmission interfaces

    To reach the excellence in the field of electronic design, IASF-PA Electronic Workshop uses the latest and advanced techniques and a continuous effort is done to maintain the know-how up to date following the state of the art in the field of:

    • very fast & low noise Front-End design
    • microelectronic high density PCB design (SMD components)
    • high density and high speed firmware design (FPGA)
    • high speed transmission interface design (std BUS like SATA, USB, ultra-SCSI )
    • CAD development & simulation design (OrCad, Pspice, Quartus, VHDL)
    • software drivers development & hardware management (.NET SDK Platform, C, Visual C++, C#, LabView)

    Today IASF-PA Electronic Workshop has know-how and technical resources to perform activities suitable for new and manifold scientific investigation criteria.

    Electronic Workshop’s equipment

    Equipments for hardware development, test & measuring:
    •   Termo-Vacuum Chamber, -80°C ÷ +120°C, 1mBar, cm 50 x 50 x 50 useful space, Angelantoni mod. UD150C

    • 4 channels, 1.5 Ghz bandwith, 8 G/sample Digital Oscilloscope, Le Croy LC684D

    • 4 channels, 0.5 Ghz bandwith, 2 G/sample Digital Oscilloscope, Tektronix TDS640A

    • 1 G/sample Arbitrary Waveform Generator, Tektronix AWG510

    • Dual channels, 150 Mhz Pulse Generator, HP 8110A

    • 225 Mhz Universal Counter, HP 53131A

    • Programmable Automatic RLC Meter, Philips PM6304

    • Synthesizer Function Generator, HP 3325A

    • EG&G Ortec model 439 Digital Current Integrator

    • Others NIM EG&G Ortec standard modules

    • Power Supply, several voltage & power range, HP series, Elind series

    • Pcs Windows platform

    • TFT Panasonic portable ruggized computer

    • Solder apparatus for Surface Mount Devices

    Computer Aided Design for electronic prototypes development & simulation:
    • CAD, OrCad, Pspice

    • CAD, Altera Quartus & MaxPlus

    Software for drivers development & hardware management:

    • .NET SDK Platform

    • C, Visual C++, C# (Sharp)

    • Visual Basic

    • LabView, graphic development language for programming & testing

    • VHDL

    Internal Report & others.

    Year 2017:

    Year 2016:

    Year 2007:

    Year 2004:

    Year 2003:

    • GAW, FOV Calculation.
      Range of possible Field Of View investigation.

    • Simple Target SCSI core.
      Board with Target SCSI core. Fast & safe data transfer between host and any customized peripheral.

    • UvScope Detector.
      Enhanced Photon counting & Integrating Uv Detector.

    Year 2002:

    • GAW (Gamma Air Watch) Focal Plane and Front-End Electronics.

    Year 1999:

    Main workshop activities.

      2002. “ULTRA” Experiments.
      UVScope detector for atmospherical and Cherenkov phenomena observation at see level.
      A IFSI -Tourin, Grenoble Institut des Science Nucléaires & LIFE-Lisboa collaboration.

      2001. Co-ordinate Project - Agency 2001: “CdTe Detector”.
      CdTe & CdZnTe X ray detector ( Hard X ray and soft gamma ray, EDEX).
      A TESRE-Bologna, Politecnico-Milan & Brera-Observatory collaboration.

      2001. “GAW” (Gamma Air Watch) Cherenkov image Telescope.
      High energy (>150 Gev) wide angle multianode photomultipliers array detector.

      1996-2001. “BA.BY.” (Background Bypass) Experiment.
      Balloons Campaign Milo 1998, 1999, 2001.
      300 - 400 nm band, UV background observation.

      1990-95. England. "PLASTEX", "STAR CLUSTER", "T&T" Experiments.
      LST (Limited Streamer Tubes) & RPC (Resistive Plate Chambers) in a large Array Detectors for EAS observation.
      Leeds Physics’ Department and INFN-Naples collaboration.

      1989. “HPGSPC”. SAX satellite Experiment.
      "Dual Constant Fraction Timing" for HPGSPC detector. Burst Lenght electronic discriminating X ray from Cosmic background, in 3÷120 Kev energy range.

      1978-89. “FIGARO” Experiment. Balloons Campaign Milo 1982, 1986, Australia 1988.
      Crab & Vela pulsars observation. cmq 3600 NaI(Tl) detector.
      A CESR-Tolouse, CEN-Saclay, Rome Physics’ Department and IAS-Frascati collaboration.

      1972-73. “Gamma 1.10 Mev”. Balloons Campaign Birgi 1972, Milo, 1973.
      1-10 Mev". Gamma radiation observation, phenomena originated by Cherenkov effects.
      A LFCTR-Milan collaboration


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