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Electronics Design Lab

SiPix Lab LogoInstrumentation Development Lab (IDL)

Watanabe Hall,
Room 214

Dedicated to the development and support of high-performance instrumentation for world-class research in High Energy and Particle Astrophysics, the Instrumentation Development Laboratory is also available to the University of Hawai'i research community at large.

Electronics Design support consists of workstations and software for the design of printed circuit boards, FPGA/CPLD firmware and ASICs. Assembly benches and prototyping facilities, with available student technician support, are maintained. Test instrumentation in NIM, 6U/9U VME, CAMAC, FASTBUS and LabView/GPIB are available. Silicon pixel and custom detector development are facilitated by a Cascade motorized probe station, Agilent parametric analyzer and K&S wire-bonder.

Undergraduate and graduate course instruction in advanced electronics design and the use of CAE design tools are available as a research-oriented follow-on to the Electronics for Physicists course.

IDL Director, Dr. Gary S. Varner, is available for consultation on electronics and detector development projects. Walk-in (free) consultation is available M-F 1:30-2pm


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Particle Astrophysics

The Particle Astrophyics program at the University of Hawaii maintains several facilities for active research in this emerging field that combines elementary particle physics with astronomy and astrophysics. The Radio Research laboratory is a 1200 square foot lab used to develop methods for radio detection of high energy particles, under the direction of Prof. Peter Gorham. This lab houses an 8 square meter cosmic ray hodoscope based on large liquid scintillation detectors, and includes the world's first operational cosmic-ray radio detecotr system, with a target containing 25 tons of rock salt. The lab also maintains a shielded electromagnetic anechoic chamber for antenna testing.

An additional 700 square feet of lab space is used for development tasks associated with the two other major particle astrophysics projects at UH: the SupoerKamiokande water Cherenkov detector, and the KamLAND liquid scintillation detector, both in the Kamioka mine in Japan. A portion of this lab is devoted to dedicated computing facilities: two dual-processor 1.2GHz Dell PowerEdge Linux servers with 1GB of memory per processor, and a total of about 1 Terabyte of disk space, for data analysis for particle astrophysics projects. Another 350 squre foot lab is used for fiber-optics and related development work, and a 350 square foot machine shop for small projects is located on the same wing.

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The Physics department maintains several different computing facilities. The department is served by a group of linux servers with several RAID storage arrays. In addition, several groups maintain their own systems.

The Belle project maintains a large cluster of Linux machines called Fish-net, which is composed of 18 nodes. The cluster also has a 3 Tera-bytes storage capacity for their Monte Carlos simulation. The project also used computing resources at KEK in Japan and PNNL in US.

The Particle Astrophysics group maintains their own computing resources including a group of high-end linux servers with 4 TBs of storage.

The Beijing Electron Spectrometer (BES) experiment has a 32 node linux cluster which includes 25 TBs of RAID storage. The cluster is for their intensive data calculations and simulation.

A few professors are using the Hawaii Open Supercomputing Center (HOSC). HOSC is operated by the Maui High Performance Computing Center, a DOD Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC) managed by the University of Hawaii.

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Machine Shop

The department maintains a modern machine shop with two full-time machinists, Melvin Matsunaga and Roy Tom, both of whom have several decades of experience and provide the highest quality of workmanship over a wide variety of skills. The shop occupies approximately 1500 ground-floor square feet and contains complete metalworking facilities, including mills, lathes, and welders..


Additional Information

For more information contact:
Professor Pui Lam, Chair
Department of Physics
University of Hawaii
2505 Correa Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Telephone: (808) 956-7087
Fax: (808) 956-7107

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