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Design of Radiation-Hardened Circuits for Outer Planetary Space Missions

Primary Investigators:
Tim Holman
Brief Description of Project:
This project will involve the design, simulation, and/or layout of one or more radiation-hardened electronic circuits for use in a proposed NASA mission to Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter.  These circuits must function for many months or years in an environment where cumulative and transient radiation effects would result in rapid failure of standard terrestrial systems.

Desired Qualifications :
This project requires an understanding of the fundamental concepts of microelectronic devices, integrated circuits, and circuit simulation software.  Knowledge of analog, digital, and/or mixed-signal circuit design concepts from your undergraduate coursework is essential, as is familiarity with electronic test and measurement equipment.  You will be expected to perform circuit-level simulations using LTSpice, Cadence Spectre, or similar software.  Prior experience in the use of the Cadence software suite is a plus.

Nature of Supervision:
Students will attend weekly group research meetings and meet with Prof. Holman and other faculty members as needed, but otherwise will work independently or collaborate with other students or graduate research assistants.  You will not be micro-managed; on the contrary, you will be expected to solve problems and learn new skills on your own.

A Brief Research Plan (period is for 10 weeks):
Weeks 1 - 2:  Orientation, learn background material, define research goals
Weeks 3 - 9:  Attend weekly group research meetings, report on research progress
Week 10: Final report and presentation to research group

Number of Open Slots: 2
Contact Information:
 Tim Holman
Office: 247 Featheringill Hall
Phone: 615-322-1362
Fax: 615-343-6702
Email: tim.holman@Vanderbilt.Edu