Experimental Techniques

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Experimental Techniques

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    One of PHYS 217, 221, 222, 223

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A lecture and laboratory based course covering vacuum, optical, cryogenic, electrical and data analysis techniques for experimental physics, and their theoretical background.

    Course content
    This course develops an understanding of experimental techniques and methods to measure/analyse data and  signal. Topics for the lectures will be selected from the following:

    • Part 1: Fourier analysis and related techniques - Basics of Fourier analysis including Fourier series, integrals and transform. Fourier transform of continuous and discrete signals and its properties: representation of repetitive waveforms and single pulses. Application to signal processing: detection, noise, amplifier, imaging. Data analysis with hands-on experience using MATLAB.
    • Part 2: Vacuum Technology and Variable Temperature Techniques: - M1: Flow and properties of gases in vacuum systems: kinetic theory of gases, operating principles and construction of various types of vacuum pumps and vacuum gauges. M2: Temperature measurement: methods of primary thermometry including gas, acoustic, electrical noise, black body radiation. Description of the physical behaviour of metals and alloys, semiconductors and thermistors as function of the temperature.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Become familiar with leading edge advanced experimental techniques which are universally used in many different types of situations.
    • Understand of a wide range of experimental techniques systems, including those at the forefront of current research and used in the industry sector.
    • Summarize, present experimental results and the underlying principles of the techniques.
    • Understand the basic principles of the experimental tools and be able to interpret and criticize acquired results.

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