Sensor Principles and Integrated Interface Circuits
The students can identify the most relevant noise sources in sensors and sensor readout electronics and predict their effect on the achievable limit of detection.
The students will learn to identify the most relevant noise sources in sensors and sensor readout electronics and predict their effects on the achievable limit of detection. They will distinguish between selfgenerating and modulating sensors and classify different sensor types with respect to their electrical behaviour.
The students will distinguish different readout concepts including amplitude, phase and frequency sensitive detection and apply these concepts to design example sensory systems. They will explain the advantages and disadvantages of continuous and discrete sensor readout circuits for a given application context.
The students will differentiate between open-loop and closed-loop readout concepts and identify the pros and cons of each approach for a given target application.
The students will evaluate the performance difference between absolute and differencem measurement systems and their applicability for the formation of integrated circuit-based sensors and sensor readouts.
The students will analyse and synthesise important readout circuit configurations including instrumentation amplifiers, transimpedance amplifiers and switched capacitor readout circuits.
The students will analyse and compare different A/D and D/A converter structures, focusing on their achievable performance and suitability for a given sensor application.
The students will learn to explain the concept of time-to-digital conversion and analyse common T/D converter architectures.
Graduates with a Bachelor’s degree
The online part of the study programme takes place in self-study and in the form of group work. For the self-study part of the programme, video lectures with detailed information about the contents and an elaborated script are offered. The script has been developed especially for extra-occupational learners in regard to the didactic concept of Ulm University. It contains breaks for independent study, multiple and single choice tests, quizzes, exercises, etc.
Your mentor will offer online seminars in periodic intervals. These seminars will help you to handle the exercises and work on the learning topics. An online forum for exchange with the other students will also be available.
Basic knowledge of analogue integrated circuits is recommended for successful course participation.