Electronics to control experiments and for data acquisition are developed and produced in the central electronics shop and the apprentices’ shop, since in many cases the experimental requirements cannot be fulfilled by commercial devices. A new electronic circuit design is transferred to the layout of a respective board, which is then usually produced externally and tested before its integration into an experiment. The group has specialist expertise in areas of critical importance to the intitute, for example in high-voltage systems needed for ion traps or fast digitisation systems needed to capture experimental data. Maintenance and repair of electronic devices is also performed. Some of the electronic technicians are permanently engaged in specific experiments.
Precision Mechanics Shops
Both the central precision mechanics shop and the apprentices’ shop are equipped with modern CNC-controlled and conventional milling and turning machines. Further, a number of welding and soldering techniques is applied to produce vacuum components. Among the treated materials are various steels, copper, titanium, tantalum, molybdenum as well as ceramics and plastics. The workpieces are checked with a 3D measuring device. Several specialized mechanics shops are in charge of some large-scale experiments.
Engineering Design Office
Most of the components for scientific instruments that are built in the mechanics shops are developed in the engineering design office based on a 3D-CAD system. It delivers three-dimensional views that are fully turnable on the screen, technical drawings for the manufacturing process, data to directly control the CNC machines and lists of the required materials. The software package includes a numerical simulation tool to test the components beforehand.
Head: Frank Müller, Tel. 06221 516-264