Course information

Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr. K.A.A. Makinwa
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
A basic course on Instrumentation and Measurement
Course Contents
Firstly, the detection limit in a typical instrument for measurement of an electrical quantity is determined for: offset, finite common-mode rejection, noise and interference. The dominant source of uncertainty is identified and the equivalent input voltage/current sources are calculated. Secondly, the measurement of a non-electrical quantity is discussed. In this case the detection limit should be expressed in terms of the non-electrical input parameter of interest. Issues discussed are: (cross-)sensitivities in frequently used transduction effects, non-electrical source loading and noise in the non-electrical signal domain. Coupled domain formal modeling is subsequently introduced to facilitate analytical multi-domain system analysis. Finally, the detection limit in typical applications in the mechanical, thermal, optical and magnetic signal domain are analysed, along with circuit and system techniques to maximize overall system detectivity. The tools that are introduced in the course, such as the formal modeling and the calculation of the detection limit, are applied in the mid-term project to a real-world measurement problem
Study Goals
This course teaches the student to read measurement specifications and to apply these in the design of an instrument for high detectivity. After completion of this course the student will be able to design readout circuits on the operational amplifer level. The student will be able to apply instrumentation techniques for measuring very low-quality signals.
Education Method
Lectures plus project
Literature and Study Materials
Syllabus. Lecture notes.
One mid-term project plus final exam
Permitted Materials during Tests
The test is open-book, which implies that any hardcopy material the student deems relevant can be taken up to a pile of 10 cm high.
Computer use: the project require use of computer
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