Radiation tolerant, All-Digital Frequency Synthesizers - Belgium
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- High performance clock generation or frequency synthesizers are used in almost all of today's state-of-the art systems.
- Environments containing ionizing radiation such as high-energy physics experiments (like the ATLAS and CMS detectors at the LHC at CERN), nuclear fusion reactors and space tend to increase the performance of their systems towards current state-of-the art achieved circuits.
- However, ionizing radiation degrade the silicon performance over time and generates so called single-event effects in the devices which disturb the signals in the circuits.
- Historically, multi- GHz clock generators and frequency synthesizers were designed in a traditional analog way but developments in all-digital Phase Locked Loops (PLLs) have shown competing performances in terms of noise, power consumption and flexibility.
- Furthermore these circuits may be more suitable in the targeted applications where ionizing radiation is a concern.
- In this project, you will be doing research on low noise, radiation hardened all-digital PLLs.
- During this work, circuit developments will be done and new architectures will be investigated to mitigate single-event effects in all-digital PLLs.
- The PhD focus both on the analog, radiation aware design of digital controlled oscillators (DCOs) and digital architectures for the loop control.
- These mixed signal circuits will be designed, processed and experimentally tested with ionizing radiation to verify the innovative work done in this PhD.
- The circuit techniques target better than 500 fs jitter with less than 10 mW power consumption.
- Radiation levels beyond 5 MGy are expected with an SEU tolerance above 100 MeVcm²/mg.
- We are looking for a candidate who holds (or will soon hold) a Master degree in Electronic Engineering or an equivalent degree.
- Some experience in or knowledge of CMOS integrated circuit design is required.
- The candidate should have a strong interest in electronics and nuclear physics.
- Proficiency in English is required.