Degree course: 
Corso di Second cycle degree in Physics
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Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Second semester
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Lesson (48 hours)

Basic knowledge of the English language

Voto Finale

• Development in the student of the ability to understand and assemble complex electronics circuits, to perform measurements without perturbing the setup itself, to separate the different components of the circuit simulating the response before its assembly
• Development in the student of the capability of assembling a complex circuit such as the readout chain of a detector and of analyzing its behaviour collecting data and simulating it with Spice
• Development of the capability of working in a group

The course is organized in several phases:
• analysis of the circuit response using the Laplace transform and the SPICE simulation
• bases of analog electronics: from diodes to transistors, from amplifiers to oscillators, from comparators to filters; the noise and its components
• bases of the digital electronics: combinatorial circuits, data buses, sequential circuits; registers and counters; analog to digital conversion. The final phase in the lab requires the development of a complete readout chain (analog only or mixed analog-digital).
The course is organized in lessons and laboratory sessions in groups for the assembly of the more complex circuits, their simulation with Spice and the data acquisition and analysis.

The following texts are used during the course:
• Horowitz e Hill, The art of electronics, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1989
• A.C.Melissinos, Experiments in modern Physics, Acad. Press 1966

Students are given the slides of each lesson, articles and notes when needed. The final examination is an oral one; the student chooses a topic from a list and gives a lesson on the topic itself. During the examination the student is tested on all the topics in order to verify the skills he/she has acquired.