Electrical Engineering Department

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The Electrical Engineering Department in the Particle Physics Division supports a wide variety of experiments and High Energy Physics projects at Fermilab as well as projects at other locations. The department works on detector front-end electronics for experiments such as CDF, DZero, Minerva, DUNE, Mu2E, and CMS at CERN. Additional design work is also done on astrophysics projects such as Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Cryogenic Dark Matter Search, and Dark Energy Survey. Support is provided for starting new experiments in terms of consulting and infrastructure design. Long-term support is provided on most electronic aspects of the two current colliding beams experiments, CDF and DZero. When requested, EED also supports projects in the Beams Division relating to accelerator instrumentation.

Many design and support disciplines are available within EED. Engineering is available for digital, analog, ASIC, controls, systems, and power supply design. Skilled drafting resources are available for schematics, board layouts, construction drawings, mechanical drawings, and general documentation. Fabrication support is available for circuit boards, chassis, cables, surface mount assemblies, and various modules. Testing capabilities range from general board level testing to integrated circuit wafer level and packaged part testing. Most jobs are handled from design, through fabrication, testing, and installation.

A liaison or contact person in EED is chosen to interface with each experiment or project. This individual should be contacted regarding existing work or new work to be done. See the PROJECTS page for current assignments.




ASIC Group

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Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) design at Fermilab is concentrated in the Electrical Engineering Department within PPD(Particle Physics Division). The ASIC group had its beginnings in the late 1980's doing semicustom bipolar chip design. Since then, full custom designs have been done in various CMOS and BiCMOS processes. Numerous chip designs have been completed for Fermilab experiments (CDF, Dzero, KTEV, MINOS) as well as for CERN and other special projects.





Infrastructure and Support

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The Infrastructure and Support Group provides support on "infrastructure" aspects of projects from conceptual design through final implementation. This includes providing guidelines on Electrical Design Standards, Cable Selection, Electrical Safety Reviews, and Networked Design Tools. We also provide direct assistance with AC, DC, and high voltage supply and distribution; equipment cooling, rack protection, cabling; and electronics procurement and fabrication including prototyping, reworking, etc.





Dectector Electronics

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The Detector Electronics Group participates in all stages of the electronics development process. We develop functional requirements and specifications for electronics systems and we design, build, checkout, install, commission and maintain electronics modules.