PHYSICS 2525 - Physics IIB (Laser Physics and Technology)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 2525 Course Physics IIB (Laser Physics and Technology) Coordinating Unit School of Chemistry & Physics Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Prerequisites PHYSICS 2510, MATHS 2101 & MATHS 2102 - Other students may apply to Head of Physics for exemption Incompatible PHYSICS 2520 Restrictions Available to B Sc (Laser Physics & Technology) students only Course Description This course provides an introduction to condensed matter physics, progresses from the level I introduction to optical physics and continues the development of practical problem solving using laboratory experiments.
Optics: -ray tracing; ABCD matrix method; cardinal points; optical aberrations and wavefront distortion; interferometry; polarisation and Jones matrices; Gaussian beams.
Condensed Matter Physics: -introduction to crystal structues, lattices and bonding; atomic vibrations in crystals and phonon zones, free-electron gas model of metals; nearly-free elctron model and band theory; semiconductor crystals; PN Junctions; diodes.
Practical work includes laboratory experiments in optics, properties of solids and instrumentation.
Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Veitch
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- demonstrate an understanding of the propagation of light through paraxial optical systems and interferometers
- demonstrate an understanding of the polarisation of light and changes to the polarisation state as it propagates through optical systems;
- describe the structure of and bonding in crystalline solids, the nearly-free-electron model and band theory;
- demonstrate an understanding of doped semiconductors and abrupt PN semiconductor junctions
- solve simple physics problems at a level appropriate to the course content;
- make appropriate decisions about the experimental uncertainty associated with every measurement, and analyse uncertainties correctly;
- keep a scientific record of experimental work;
- analyse the results of experiments and reach appropriate conclusions about them;
- work effectively in a small team to complete a complex set of tasks.
- communicate results orally and in writing
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 – 8 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4-8 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4, 5, 7, 8 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6, 9, 10 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6, 8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 8 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6, 8
Serway, R.A., Moses, C.J. and Moyer, C.A., Modern Physics (3rd ed.) (Thomson)
Pedrotti F.L., Pedrotti L.M. and Pedrotti L.S., Introduction to Optics (3rd ed.) (Prentice Hall)
Kittel C., Introduction to Solid State Physics (Wiley)
Sreetman B.G. and Banerjee S., Solid State Electronics Devices (Pearson)
Bernstein, J., Fishbane, P. M. and Gasiorowicz, S. Modern Physics (Prentice Hall)
Fowles, G., R. Introduction to Modern Optics (2nd ed.) (Dover)
MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be delivered by the following means:
- Lectures 30 x 50-minute sessions with up to three sessions per week
- Tutorials 11 x 50-minute sessions with one session per week
- Practicals 6 x 4-hour sessions with one session per week for 6 weeks
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
The course content will include the following:
- Geometric Optics (14 lectures)
- Ray tracing, ABCD transfer matrices and Cardinal points in paraxial optical systems
- Aberration theory and wave-front distortion in optical systems
- Interference, Michelson, Mach-Zehnder and Fabry-Perot interferometers. , thin-film interference, multilayer dielectric coatings, antireflection coatings
- Polarization, Jones vectors and Jones matrices
- Condensed Matter (16 lectures)
- Crystal Structure; lattices, cubic crystal structure.
- Atomic vibrations in crystals, phonons, transport properties.
- Free-electron theory of metals.
- Nearly-free-electron model of semiconductors; energy band structure and band-gaps; metals, semiconductors and insulators; direct and indirect band-gaps.
- Doped semiconductors, abrupt PN junctions, PN diodes.
- Practical work (6 sessions)
Experiments carried out in groups of two students, selected from
- Cardinal points of a lens system
- Polarization of light
- Curie temperature
- Thermal diffusivity of copper
- Exponential decay and luminescence in solids
- X-ray diffraction
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed Practical work Formative & Summative 18% No 6 – 10 Tutorial preparation Formative & Summative min 5% - max 10% No 1 – 5, 10 Tests Formative & Summative min 5% - max 13% No 1 – 5, 10 Final exam Summative min 59% - max 72% Yes (40%) 1 – 5, 10
Assessment Related Requirements
To obtain a grade of Pass or better in this course, a student must maintain a suitable logbook for at least 5 practical sessions during the semester, attend the examination and achieve at least 40% in the final exam.
2 x 50 minute, closed book tests taken during the semester, which have a formative and summative role and address essential aspects of the learning objectives for Optics and Condensed Matter Physics. The combined mark for both tests can contribute up to 13% to the final assessment; poor performance may be partly redeemed by superior performance in the final exam.
To maximise the benefit of tutorials, students are required to submit their answers before or at the tutorial. Assessment is based on effort rather than correctness; this task has a formative and summative role. It can contribute up to 10% to the final assessment; poor performance may be partly redeemed by superior performance in the final exam.
This summative assessment activity comprehensively addresses learning objectives 1 – 10.
Practical work (Practical achievement and practical reports)
Students work on an experiment until it is completed and they have an adequate report in their log book. Demonstrators provide formative assessment as the students are doing each experiment. Each student then selects one completed experiment and writes an extended lab report. The log book and report are assessed summatively. An opportunity to make-up a maximum of one missed practical session may be offered at the end of the semester.
Submission of Assigned Work
Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Coversheets can be obtained from the School Office (room G33 Physics) or from MyUNI. Work should be submitted via the assignment drop box at the School Office.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a replacement examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.
Late submission of assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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