Primary Research Activities in the fields of Applied Electronics and Telecommunications

• MIMO systems
• UWB systems
• OFDM systems based on DSP
• Design and manufacture of various antenna types Horn, PIFA, spiral, Vivaldi, etc.
• Software Radio / Smart Antennas
• Rapid electronic digitizers label, multi-channel data storage systems, etc.
• Channel Characterization  and measurements

• Rainfall measurements due to RF signal attenuation
Schumann Resonances measurements
Real – Time ECG analysis and processing in Natural Time

The laboratory is equipped with scientific equipment and instruments such as oscilloscopes, generators, RF, arbitrary RF generators, spectrum analyzers, PCB bonding, BGA, SMT reworks stations etc., which permit reliable experimental measurements. Digital design is possible through Altera PLD’s that programmed with the program Quartus. CPLD’s can be programmed in three ways: schematic diagram, VHDL, State machines or any combination of three methods. There is also the possibility of implementing DSP applications using the Texas Instruments, AVR and Arduino IDE tools.

10MHz-9GHz Vector Network Analyser with calibration kit , RSA3408A – Real Time Spectrum Analyzer  (DC-8GHz), 2394A – 1 kHz to 13.2 GHz Spectrum Analyzer

TDS7154 1.5GHz 4CH Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope, TDS5104 Oscilloscope 4 Channel 1GHz 5GS/s, DIGITAL RF SIGNAL GENERATORS 3413 250 kHz–3.0 GHz

FG-7002C – Sweep Function Generator, ETA’s LAB MIMO channel sounder, LW120 2-Channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator, SYSTEM FOR THE ELECTROMAGNETICS FIELDS MEASUREMENT PMM8053B, SMT,BGA IR-PL-RPC 550A Rework Station, Ersa DIGITAL 2000A soldering station, DE1-SoC Development Kits, OMAP-L138 DSP+ARM9 Development Kits, STK600, TMS320C67xx DSP Starter Kit (DSK), Arduino Inventor’s kit, Precision power supplies, Portable oscilloscope, Various antenna types, In-LAB PCB manufacture, Mechanical equipment (drilling, shaping machines)

RSA3408A – Real Time Spectrum Analyzer  (DC-8GHz)

  • System Integration of WLAN, 3G, and Other RF Systems
  • Radar and Pulsed RF Signal Characterization
  • RFID System Development and Troubleshooting
  • Characterization of Interfering or Unknown Signals in Spectrum Monitoring and Surveillance
  • Troubleshooting RF Components, Modules, or Systems
  • Getting Answers to Elusive EMI Diagnostic Problems
  • General Purpose Phase Noise and Jitter Signal Analysis

 

2394A – 1 kHz to 13.2 GHz Spectrum Analyzer

  •  1 kHz to 13.2 GHz fully synthesized frequency range
  • Lightweight, portable and rugged construction at 12 kg
  • Excellent TFT color display
  • Comprehensive marker facility
  • Wide input signal range +30 dBm to –110 dBm
  • Semi-automated measurements
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • Extremely user friendly MMI reduces risk of operator error
  • Auto Tune facility
  • GPIB as standard
  • AM/FM demodulation
  • Internal pre-amplifier

 

TDS7154 1.5GHz 4CH Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope

  • 1.5 GHz Bandwidth
  • Up to 20 GS/s Real-time Sample Rate
  • Up to 32 Megasamples Memory Depth
  • >400,000 Wfms/second Maximum Waveform Capture Rate
  • Optional Communications Mask Testing Up to 2.5 Gb/s Rates
  • Optional Clock Recovery from Serial Data Streams
  • Optional 32-bit Serial Trigger for Isolation of Patterndependent Effects
  • 10 MHz Timebase Reference Input for Enhanced Accuracy and Repeatability
  • Graphical User Interface

 

TDS5104 Oscilloscope 4 Channel 1GHz 5GS/s

  • 350 MHz, 500 MHz, and 1 GHz Bandwidth Models
  • 4 Channels on all Models
  • Up to 5 GS/s Sample Rate
  • Up to 16 M Record Length
  • 100,000 wfms/s Maximum Waveform Capture Rate
  • 10.4 in. Bright Display
  • Standard Touch Screen on TDS5054B and TDS5104B
  • Suite of Advanced Triggers
  • Communication Mask Testing
  • Pass/Fail Limit Testing

 

10MHz-9GHz Vector Network Analyser with calibration kit

  • High performance 2-port S-parameter measurement engine consisting of a single flexible source and ultra-linear receiver.
  • Thoroughly characterize your RF components versus time, frequency and power

 

 

 

DIGITAL RF SIGNAL GENERATORS 3413 250 kHz–3.0 GHz

  • Fast RF frequency and level settling for
  • high speed testing
  • High performance vector modulation for improved component test
  • Low adjacent channel power for receiver selectivity and amplifier linearity testing
  • Fast GPIB response to maximize ATE system performance
  • RF waveform creation software
  • Wide bandwidth FM and AM modulation capability
  • RF optimization modes – Auto, Low Noise, Low ACP and Higher Power

 

FG-7002C – Sweep Function Generator

  • Wide frequency range: 0.02Hz to 2MHz
  • 4-in-1 Sweep, Function & Pulse Generator and Frequency Counter
  • Versatile Waveforms: Sine, Triangle, Square, Ramp, Pulse, Sawtooth, TTL, CMOS
  • Built in 6 digit internal and external counter display (Max. 50MHz)
  • Internal and external linear sweep control from 1:1 to 100:1
  • Low distortion factor less than 1% at 0.2Hz to 100kHz
  • TTL and CMOS Leveled square wave output
  • Variable symmetry to generate sawtooth and pulse waveforms

 

LW120 2-Channel Arbitrary Waveform Generator

 

 

SYSTEM FOR THE ELECTROMAGNETICS FIELDS MEASUREMENT PMM8053B

  • Frequency range 100 kHz –3 GHz
  • Level range 0.1-300 V/m
  • Resolution 0.01 V/m
  • Sensitivity 0.15 V/m (typical >0.1V/m)

 

 

SMT,BGA IR-PL-RPC 550A Rework Station

  • IR 550 with an 800 W heating head with aperture system
  • Homogeneous 800 W IR bottom heating
  • Closed temperature control circuit with thermocouple or non-contact sensor
  • Precision placement system PL 550 (+/- 0.025 mm) with motor zoom AF camera, high-contrast LED lighting and vacuum that switches automatically
  • Motor zoom reflow process camera for process viewing
  • Intuitive operation with or without PC connection
  • Process control and documentation via the operator software IRSoft
    Suitable for the use of the Dip&Print Station

 

Ersa DIGITAL 2000A soldering station

  • Secondary voltage: 24 V~Rating: 80 W
  • Control technique: SENSOTRONIC with digital PID control
  • Temperature range: stepless 50°C (120°F) – 450°C (840°F)
  • Function display: 4-digit LED display with menu control

 

DE1-SoC Development Kit

  • The DE1-SoC Development Kit presents a robust hardware design platform built around the Altera System-on-Chip (SoC) FPGA, which combines the latest dual-core Cortex-A9 embedded cores with industry-leading programmable logic for ultimate design flexibility.
  • The DE1-SoC board has many features that allow users to implement a wide range of designed circuits, from simple circuits to various multimedia projects.

 

 

OMAP-L138 DSP+ARM9 Development Kit

  • Integrated floating-/fixed-point DSP with up to 456 MHz performance; and ARM9 with up to 456 MHz performance
  • Software, expansion headers, schematics and application demos
  • SDKs, DSP/BIOS RTOS, drivers, stacks and protocol, algorithm libraries, flash and boot utilities and StarterWare

 

 

STK600

  • AVR Studio 4/AVR32 Studio compatible
  • USB Interface to PC for programming and control
  • Clock oscillator, adjustable on the fly from AVR Studio (0-50MHz, 0.1% res)
  • Serial ISP of tinyAVR and megaAVR devices
  • PDI Programming of AVR XMEGA devices
  • JTAG programming of 8-bit megaAVR, 8/16-bit AVR XMEGA and 32-bit AVR UC3 devices
  • aWire Programming of 32-bit AVR UC3 devices

 

TMS320C6713xDSP Starter Kit (DSK)

  • Embedded JTAG support via USB
  • High-quality 24-bit stereo codec
  • Four 3.5mm audio jacks for microphone, line in, speaker and line out
  • 512K words of Flash and 16 MB SDRAM
  • Expansion port connector for plug-in modules
  • On-board standard IEEE JTAG interface
  • +5V universal power supply

 

Arduino Inventor’s kit

  • Programming and hardware interaction with the Arduino programming language.  

 

 

 

ETA’s LAB MIMO channel sounder

  • Measurement mode: full parallel
  • center frequency:  2.4 GHz
  • Time interval between sequential measurement snapshot 4 ms
  • maximum antenna number Tx/Rx:  32/32

“Remote sensing natural time analysis of heartbeat data by means of a portable photoplethysmography device”, G. Baldoumas, D. Peschos, G. Tatsis, V. Christofilakis, S. K. Chronopoulos, P. Kostarakis, P. A. Varotsos, N. V. Sarlis, E. S. Skordas, A. Bechlioulis, L. K. Michalis & K. K. Naka (2021) International Journal of Remote Sensing, 42:6, 2292-2302.

“Earth-to-Earth Microwave Rain Attenuation Measurements: A Survey On the Recent Literature”. Christofilakis, V.; Tatsis, G.; Chronopoulos, S.K.; Sakkas, A.; Skrivanos, A.G.; Peppas, K.P.; Nistazakis, H.E.; Baldoumas, G.; Kostarakis, P. Symmetry 2020, 12, 1440.

“A rain estimation model based on microwave signal attenuation measurements in the city of Ioannina, Greece.” Christofilakis, V, Tatsis, G, Lolis, CJ, et al. Meteorol Appl. 2020; 27:e1932.

“Study of the variations in the Schumann resonances parameters measured in a southern Mediterranean environment”, G. Tatsis, V. Christofilakis, S.K. Chronopoulos, G. Baldoumas, A. Sakkas, A.K. Paschalidou, P. Kassomenos, I. Petrou, P. Kostarakis, C. Repapis, V. Tritakis, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 715, 2020, 136926, ISSN 0048-9697

“Design and Implementation of a Test Fixture for ELF Schumann Resonance Magnetic Antenna Receiver and Magnetic Permeability Measurements”. Tatsis, G.; Christofilakis, V.; Chronopoulos, S.K.; Kostarakis, P.; Nistazakis, H.E.; Repapis, C.; Tritakis, V. Electronics 2020, 9, 171.

“A Prototype Photoplethysmography Electronic Device that Distinguishes Congestive Heart Failure from Healthy Individuals by Applying Natural Time Analysis”. Baldoumas, G.; Peschos, D.; Tatsis, G.; Chronopoulos, S.K.; Christofilakis, V.; Kostarakis, P.; Varotsos, P.; Sarlis, N.V.; Skordas, E.S.; Bechlioulis, A.; Michalis, L.K.; Naka, K.K. Electronics 2019, 8, 1288.

“Significant ELF perturbations in the Schumann Resonance band before and during a shallow mid-magnitude seismic activity in the Greek area (Kalpaki)”, Vasilis Christofilakis, Giorgos Tatsis, Constantinos Votis, Ioannis Contopoulos, Christos Repapis, Vasilis Tritakis, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Volume 182, 2019, Pages 138-146, ISSN 1364-6826

“Rainfall Measurements Due to Radio Frequency Signal Attenuation at 2 GHz”. Christofilakis, V. , Tatsis, G. , T. Votis, C. , K. Chronopoulos, S. , Kostarakis, P. , J. Lolis, C. and Bartzokas, A. (2018) Journal of Signal and Information Processing, 9, 192-201.

“A new portable ELF Schumann resonance receiver: design and detailed analysis of the antenna and the analog front-end”. Votis, C.I., Tatsis, G., Christofilakis, V. et al. J Wireless Com Network 2018, 155 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13638-018-1157-7

“Comparison of the R-R intervals in ECG and Oximeter signals to be used in complexity measures of Natural Time Analysis”, G. Baldoumas et al., 2018 7th International Conference on Modern Circuits and Systems Technologies (MOCAST), Thessaloniki, 2018, pp. 1-4.

“Rainfall events’ correlation with S-band signal attenuation”, G. Tatsis et al.,  2018 7th International Conference on Modern Circuits and Systems Technologies (MOCAST), Thessaloniki, 2018, pp. 1-4.

“Analog front end of the extremely low frequency station at Ioannina in Greece for the measurement of Schumann resonances”, C. I. Votis, G. Tatsis, V. Christofilakis, P. Kostarakis, V. Tritakis and C. Repapis, 2017 Panhellenic Conference on Electronics and Telecommunications (PACET), Xanthi, 2017, pp. 1-4.

“Preliminary Measurements of Schumann’s Resonances (SR) in the Greek Area.” Giorgos Tatsis, Constantinos I. Votis, Vasilis Christofilakis, Panos Kostarakis, Vasilis Tritakis, Christos Repapis and Pantelis Kalavrezos, , JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REVIEW – Vol.9, Issue 4,  pp 61-64, 2016.

“Design and implementation of Schumann resonances sensor platform”, C. I. Votis, Giorgos Tatsis, Vasilis Christofilakis, Panos Kostarakis,Vasilis Tritakis and Christos Repapis, JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, ISSN: 1791-932

“Preliminary BER Study of a TC-OFDM system operating under noisy conditions”, Spyridon K. Chronopoulos, Vasilis Christofilakis, Giorgos Tatsis and Panos Kostarakis., JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REVIEW, JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REVIEW – Vol.9, Issue 4,  pp 13-16, 2016.

“A  Prototype  Data  Acquisition  and  Processing  System  for  Schumann  Resonance Measurements”,  Giorgos  Tatsis,  Constantinos  Votis, Vasilis  Christofilakis  Panos  Kostarakis, Vasilis Tritakis, Christos Repapis.  Journal of Atmospheric and Solar  Terrestrial Physics, Nov 2015,  doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2015.11.001

“Experimental Measurements of UWB Channel”, Giorgos Tatsis, Vasilis Christofilakis, Constantinos Votis, Spyridon K. Chronopoulos, Panos Kostarakis,  PAnhellenic Conference on Electronics and Telecommunications (PACET), March 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece

“SIMO channel experimental measurements and capacity estimation on indoor pico-cellurar environment”, Constantinos I. Votis, Giorgos Tatsis, Vasilis Christofilakis and Panos Kostarakis,  PAnhellenic Conference on Electronics and Telecommunications (PACET), March 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece

“Evaluating Amplitude distribution and Clipping error in a WiMAX Software Radio Receiver”, Vasilis Christofilakis, Giorgos Tatsis, Constantinos Votis, Panos Kostarakis, PAnhellenic Conference on Electronics and Telecommunications (PACET), March 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece.

“Design and Implementation of Ultra-Wideband Impulse Radio Transmitter”, Giorgos Tatsis, Constantinos Votis, Vasilis Raptis, Vasilis Christofilakis, Spyridon K. Chronopoulos, and Panos Kostarakis. ORGANIZED BY THE HELLENIC PHYSICAL SOCIETY WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENTS OF GREEK UNIVERSITIES: 7th International Conference of the Balkan Physical Union. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1203,pp. 579-584.

“Performance of UWB-Impulse Radio Receiver Based on Matched Filter Implementation with Imperfect Channel Estimation”, Giorgos Tatsis, Constantinos Votis, Vasilis Raptis, Vasilis Christofilakis, Spyridon K. Chronopoulos, and Panos Kostarakis. ORGANIZED BY THE HELLENIC PHYSICAL SOCIETY WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE PHYSICS DEPARTMENTS OF GREEK UNIVERSITIES: 7th International Conference of the Balkan Physical Union. AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1203,pp. 573-578.