Course: Virtual Instrumentation in Nuclear Physics

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Course title Virtual Instrumentation in Nuclear Physics
Course code KEF/VIJF
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Pechoušek Jiří, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Principles of the virtual instrumentation - usage of the LabVIEW, high-performance DAQ systems application, developing of the real-time systems with RTOS (PXI, CompactRIO, FPGA). 2. Synchronization and triggering techniques - signal processing synchronization and signal generation, analog and digital trigger types, how to start measurements. 3. Detector signal processing - types of the detectors (basic characteristics, output signals), digital signal processing, DSP techniques for acquiring/shaping/analysis of impulses, spectrometer dead-time optimization. 4. Amplitude and time signal analysis - how to measure SCA and MCA spectra, methods for impulses pile-up rejection and correction, measurement of the photon/particle time-of-flight (TOF). 5. Design of the Mössbauer spectrometer in VI - principles of the DAQ in MS, synchronization for generation of the source velocity signal and detector signal analysis, data accumulation, physical principles of the Mossbauer effect. 6. Coincidence methods - principles of the coincidence/anticoincidence measurements systems, DSP techniques for TOF determination, how to measure lifetime of the excited nuclear states, design of the time differential Mössbauer spectrometer (TDMS). 7. Distributed nuclear experiments - VI the world experiments.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Demonstration
  • Preparation for the Exam - 20 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
During lessons, students will reach knowledge about the principles of digital signal processing in nuclear physics experiments. Practically will be demonstrated methods of analyzing the signals from detectors, recently used in the research.
Lessons are focused on the understanding how to acquire and analyze signals from the nuclear detectors. Students will be familiarized with methods of digital signal processing in the nuclear experiments.

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminar Work

Active presence and create the semester work on given theme and present it.
Recommended literature
  • Ahmed, S. N. (2007). Physics and Engineering of radiation detection. Academic Press.
  • Ďaďo, S., Kreidl, M. (1996). Senzory a měřící obvody. ČVUT Praha.
  • Gerndt, J. (1994). Detektory ionizujícího záření. ČVUT Praha.
  • Gordon, G. (2008). Practical Gamma-ray spectrometry. Wiley.
  • Mašláň, M. (1992). Mössbauerova spektroskopie. UP Olomouc.
  • Pechoušek, J. (2006). Mössbauerův spektrometr jako virtuální měřicí přístroj v systému CompactPCI/PXI. Dizertační práce, Olomouc.
  • Pechoušek, J. (2004). Základy programování v LabVIEW. Vydavatelství UP, Olomouc.
  • Vedral, J.; Fischer, J. (1999). Elektronické obvody pro měřicí techniku. ČVUT, Praha.
  • Vlach, J., Havlíček, J., Vlach, M. (2008). Začínáme v LabVIEW. BEN technická literatura, Praha.

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