Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive
Available to Yr 3 MPhys students only.
Other Staff
Further Details:

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 36 Hours. Workshops
Practical 120 Hours. Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 5 x Lab Reports  60%
Semester Assessment 6 x Problem Sheets  15%
Semester Assessment 5 x Workshop Assignments  25%
Supplementary Assessment As determined by the Departmental Examination Board  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to identify problems that require the use of Fourier analysis and inversion techniques.

Apply these concepts and techniques to problems in different areas of Physics.

Apply experimental techniques such as beam alignment, computer interfacing, image reconstruction, materials testing, curve fitting.

Handle and troubleshoot scientific equipment such as lasers, piezo elements, vacuum systems, detectors, optical elements.

Write extended scientific reports.

Write simple computer programs.

Brief description

This course is designed for MPhys year 3 students and is primarily intended to prepare students for the more exacting courses encountered in year 4. The module is divided into two parts: experimental and theoretical. The former consists of a number of laboratory experiments introducing advanced modern techniques e.g. scattering, spectrometry, ellipsometry, tomography, scanning microscopy, particle beam experiments, and materials testing. The latter part provides a more formal treatment of Fourier Analysis than in year 2, and introduces programming and inversion techniques. In addition, a series of general example sheets are set in Semester 2 to reinforce concepts learnt in earlier years and provide practice in applying these concepts in unfamiliar contexts.


This module is at CQFW Level 6