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Module PY3P07 Experimental Techniques

Cohort: JS Physics

Credits: 5

Lecturers: Professor M. Hegner, Mr. J. McCauley

Duration: Hilary Term, Instrumentation: 15 lectures, Electronics: 15 lectures

Assesment: End of Year Exam.

Part I: Instrumentation: Scanning Probe Microscopes (Scanning Tunneling Microscopy, Scanning Force Microscope, Scanning Nearfield Optical Microscope); Sensors (tunnelling current, force, optical, capacitance, piezoresistance); Motion (piezo electrics, stepper motors, etc.); Environments (UHV, Ambient, liquid, high temperature); Detectors for visible light: position sensitive detectors, photomultipliers, avalanche photodiodes, solid state junction detectors; Software interface (e.g. LabVIEW); Feedback electronics; Multiplexing; Optical tweezers; Cantilever Array devices; Functionalization strategies, description of current research.

Part II:  Electronics: Electronic components. Power supplies. Computers and interfacing. Sensors and transducers. Control systems. Noise in electronic systems.