Physics Electronics Unit


The Electronics Unit was established in 1952 to support the School’s research activities. This was an exciting period for electronics, just a few years earlier the invention of the transistor launched a technical revolution that would change the world. The staff of the Electronics Unit faced many challenges in those early years and out of necessity virtually all of the equipment was designed and built in house.

The unit grew steadily in response to the boom in electronics to reach a peak in the late 1970s of around 15 people. With greater advances in electronics and the maturation of the integrated circuit, the technology continued to expand the possibilities for researchers.

Today’s electronics technicians still continue to face technological challenges with learning about now innovative systems and how to apply these to the ever changing world of physics research.

The research efforts of the School and the wider ANU community are supported by the Physics Electronics Unit which is equipped with a range of the latest electronic design, development and construction tools. The staff are all experts in their respective fields and as a team offer an extremely high level of service and expertise.

The electronics workshop itself has been relocated several times but has always made it's home near the centre of the Cockcroft Building and is now located on Level 4 (Room C4.51) as a well-equipped and safe environment named in honour of the remarkable Tom Rhymes who was a previous Manager and long-time engineer in the Research School.

In 2008 the Research School established the Tom Rhymes technical development award to celebrate the life of Dr Tom Rhymes.

Some of our capabilities are:

  • Electronics design and development
  • Programming C#, Delphi and Labview for example
  • Electronic/Electrical Equipment repair
  • Electronic/Electrical certification including test and tag
  • High Voltage testing (40kV AC and DC)
  • Pre procurement electronics advice
  • Post procurement electronics installation and commissioning

Our facilities include:

  • State of the art test and measurement equipment library (some available for loan)
    • Oscilloscopes to 1 GHz
    • Signal Generators from mHz to 3GHz
    • Vector Network Analyser 9kHz to 4GHz
    • Power Supplies nV to 20kV
    • Power Quality Analyser
  • RF shielded room (3.5 metre x 2.5 metre)
  • High power testing bench equipped 15A single phase, up to 32A 3 phase. 32A 3 phase variac.
  • Chemical room for printed circuit manufacturing and cleaning
  • 3D printing – 120mm X 120mm X 120mm ABS and PLA
  • Small metal fabrication area and electronics parts storage

If you require technical assistance with your electronics, wish to borrow equipment or need discuss a new design please contact the Electronics Unit Manager.

We are also happy to undertake commission work and have constructed many advanced components for other universities and research institutions.

Work requests

To contact the Electronics Unit about a job please use the Work Management System.

Detailed instructions on the use of the system are available on the Technical Workshop Work Management System web page.


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