Practical Analog, Digital, and Embedded Electronics for Scientists

Practical Analog, Digital, and Embedded Electronics for Scientists

Brett D DePaola


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This book is different to other electronics texts available. First, it is short. Created for a one-semester course taken by physics students, both undergraduate and graduate it includes only the essentials and covers those topics only as deeply as needed in order to understand the material in the integrated laboratory exercises. Unlike many electronics texts for physics students, this one does not delve into the physics of devices. Instead, these are largely treated as black boxes having certain properties that are important to know for designing circuits. The physics comes when the students use their acquired electronics instrumentation knowledge to construct apparatus to make measurements. Since the detailed physics has been left out, this book should be equally useful for students in any of the physical or life sciences. This is the first textbook aimed at the non-electrical engineering student, that has both the generality on analog and digital electronics circuits, coupled to the very timely technology of embedded electronics. The book also features homework exercises, parts list and a suite of useful appendices.

Key Features

  • Combined lectures and laboratory course
  • Covers analog and digital electronics
  • Includes embedded systems
  • Homework problems with solutions
  • Complete inventory of required components


Brett D DePaola:
Brett DePaola is a Professor of Physics at Kansas State University. He received his BS and MS in Physics from Miami University, and his PhD in Physics from The University of Texas at Dallas. Professor DePaola’s research in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics covers a wide range of topics, from ion-atom collisions to coherent control using ultra-short laser pulses. The over-arching theme is the understanding of basic physical processes at the atomic level. His most recent research explores how modulating the spectral phase of ultra-short laser pulses affects coherent excitation in atoms and simple molecules. Professor DePaola has made seminal contributions to the measurement technique known as MOTRIMS, in which ultra-cold technologies are combined with charged particle technologies to create a powerful diagnostic of ion-atom and photon-atom dynamics. Professor DePaola is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has won numerous teaching awards and has given invited lectures world-wide. He has held Visiting Professor positions at universities in Denmark and Germany, spent time as a Visiting Scientist at RIKEN in Japan, and was a Visiting JILA Fellow in Boulder, Colorado.