Module Identifier PH34040  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Rudolf Winter  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Dr Andrew R Breen, Professor Keith Birkinshaw, Dr Martin C Wilding, Dr Eleri Pryse, Dr Tudor E Jenkins, Dr Yan Yin  
Pre-Requisite Available to Yr 3 MPhys students only.  
Mutually Exclusive PH35530  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   40 Hours Workshops  
  Practical   120 Hours Practicals - 15 x 4 hours and 30 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 6 X LAB REPORTS  50%
Semester Assessment 10 X PROBLEM SHEETS  30%
Semester Assessment 4 X TESTS RELATING TO THE WORKSHOPS  20%
Further details  

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

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

Write extended scientific reports.

Write simple FORTRAN 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 1 to reinforce concepts learnt in earlier years and provide practice in applying these concepts in unfamiliar contexts.


This module is at CQFW Level 6