COURSE GOALS: To introduce students to modern experimental physics, including various aspects of experimental setups (noise, frequency analysis), type of sensors for temperature, pressure, light, magnetic field; methods of minimizing unwanted noise. Furthermore, student will be acquainted with scientific literature, publishing and modern scientific database searching.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.4 describe the state of the art in - at least- one of the presently active physics specialties
3. MAKING JUDGEMENTS
3.3 comprehend the ethical characteristics of research and of the professional activity in physics
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.3 develop the written and oral English language communication skills that are essential for pursuing a career in physics
5. LEARNING SKILLS
5.1 search for and use physical and other technical literature, as well as any other sources of information relevant to research work and technical project development (good knowledge of technical English is required)
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
By finishing this course, student will:
- know how to follow and search contemporary scientific literature
- be able to demonstrate knowledge about various influences on experimental setup
- be able to demonstrate knowledge about Fourier analysis and its application to measured data
- be able to qualitatively describe modern sensors for temperature, magnetic field, pressure, light
- know several methods for elimination of unwanted signal (modulation, lock-in amp ...)
- be able to qualitatively describe several methods of sample preparation
1. Scientific literature (UDC, types of publications, contemporary research, web interfaces to databases, scientiometric).
2. Design of experimental setup (general/ethical, (un)wanted signals and its elimination, Fourier analysis).
3. Various typical experimental instrumentation (computer data acquisition, various transducers)
4. Selected experimental techniques (single filtering, modulation, lock-in amplifier, AFM, sputtering, PLD)
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Complex analysis, differential and integral analysis.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
The final exam consists of oral examination of selected experiment-based scientific paper. Student should thoroughly understand physics and experimental methods discussed in paper.