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Jožef Stefan
Postgraduate School

Jamova 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 31 00
Fax: +386 1 477 31 10


Course Description

Advances in Acquisiton and Analysis of Ionizing Photon and Particle Sensor Signals


Sensor Technologies


doc. dr. Matjaž Vencelj


• understanding the evolution of signal and noise in scintillation and solid-state detectors as well as cutting-edge approaches to related signal analysis,
• analysis of detector signals in various real-life cases,
• recognising analysis functional building blocks and their inter-dependencies,
• rearranging analysis functional building blocks in a new functional manner,
• predicting performance of new detection architectures and evaluate advantages and shortcomings.

• selecting signal acquisition and analysis method for a specific given problem and detector type,
• constructing a working detector system from hardware and software components,
• application of project-given technological, systemic, temporal and financial constraints in method development and detector system construction,
• prediction of key quantitative performance metrics (resolutions, efficiency, etc.),
• performing a demonstration data run on the fully assembled system,
• evaluation of predicted performance metrics on basis of experimental data.


• Microscopic model of signal formation and evolution of noise in state-of-the-art scintillation and solid-state detectors, as well as future detection concepts.
• Technology trends in scintillation and solid-state detector applications in life- and material-science applications of detectors.
• The era of transition to direct digital sampling: opportunities and pitfalls. New strategies in managing the serial and parallel noise. Specifics of high count rate work.
• Placement of current technology limitations in the scope of fundamental final limitations due to laws of nature.
• Advanced individual study into a select real case from the student's research work, by comparison of several signal analysis approaches and proposal of new ones, prediction of behaviour, experimental evaluation.

Course literature:

• W. R. Leo: Techniques for Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments: A How-to Approach, 2009, Springer.

• IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
• Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section AΈ
• Review of Scientific Instruments

Documents by instrument manufactureres.

Significant publications and references:

• No. of articles (WoS): 19,
• No. of patents: 2,
• No. of citations: 62,
• h-index: 6.

• M. Vencelj et al, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res. Sect. A 607 (2009) 581.
• R. Novak, M. Vencelj, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. 56 (2009) 3680.
• Nosilec industrijske raziskave “Širitev delovanja mmpc v režim zasičenja”, pogodba P130042.
• Patent SI23959A, Postopek analogne in digitalne obdelave signalov, katerih informacija je vsebovana v pulzih, in naprava za izvedbo postopka, 2013.
• Patent SI23596A, Metoda in naprava za kvantno distribucijo ključa kratkega dosega, 2012.


Seminar work (40%)
Oral exam (30%)
Project defence (solving a case) (30%)

Students obligations:

Seminar work.
Oral exam.
Project defence (solving a case).