The Electronics Department

Who we are

The Electronics Department (ELD) is an engineering facility of the University of Leiden hosted in the Institute of Physics (LION). It supports the experimental scientific research carried out by the Faculty of Science with a wide range of electronic and computer-related solutions. The ELD has a staff of seven people. Together with the Department of Fine Mechanics we form a team that provides custom-made and cost-effective solutions that meet the highest demands.


What we do

Our activities involve dealing with both simple and complex issues of (micro) electronics. We find and solve problems with measurement setups, help to integrate equipment with a measurement setup, develop and manufacture electronic equipment, buy, test, maintain, repair and modify equipment, develop software... and assemble that special cable for you.


Another important aspect of our work is to exchange ideas with researchers on, for example, measurement techniques and the technical aspects of the measurement setup. In these discussions we can provide information about equipment and software, answer questions about whether the available equipment is useful, and discuss what other means there are to achieve the defined goals.


Experimental research can require specifications that are not available in commercial equipment. In such cases we may develop and build this equipment in close cooperation with the researcher.


Nearly all measurement setups are controlled by one or more computers. Software-support in this area ranges from example programs to complete data-acquisition programs that control a measurement setup, as well as acquire and process measurement data. Also, we provide software-libraries for equipment developed by the ELD to use in applications.


In short, our expertise covers a lot of ground.