PHYSICS 3537 - Experimental Physics III (Laser Physics & Tech)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 3537 Course Experimental Physics III (Laser Physics & Tech) Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 8 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PHYSICS 2510, PHYSICS 2525 and/or PHYSICS 2534, MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2201, MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2202 - other student may apply to the Head of Physics for exemption Incompatible PHYSICS 3002 Restrictions Available to BSc(Laser Physics & Technology) students only Course Description Laboratory experiments in selected areas with an emphasis on atomic spectroscopy, modern optics and electromagnetism, and a practical analogue electronics course.
Course Coordinator: Professor Iain Reid
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- use transistors, operational amplifiers and phase sensitive detection;
- describe at least two of the following effects:
- mode phenomena in lasers
- optical nonlinearity
- electro-optic effect
- geometric phase
- reflection from terminated or unterminated transmission lines
- gamma or alpha radiation
- electron spin resonance;
- connect a digital oscilloscope to a computer and record a signal with an appropriate sampling rate;
- generate and interpret the power spectrum of the recorded data,
- use the tools, methodologies, language and conventions of physics to test and communicate ideas and explanations
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 – 5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1 – 5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 3, 5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 5 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 – 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5
Practical bench-notes and equipment.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be delivered by the following means:
- Practicals 24 x 5-hour sessions with two sessions per week (students attend 8 hours per week)
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 a selection of the following experiments:
- Computers interfacing and the Fast Fourier transform
- Fourier Optics
- Fourier Transform Spectroscopy
- Nuclear Physics – gamma rays
- Nuclear Physics – alpha rays
- Experimental Statistics and Atomic time
- Electron g-Factor
- Diode pumped Solid State Laser
- Electro-Optic Effect
- Transmission Lines
- Supersonic Sound
- Geometric Phase
- Lock-in amplifier
All students do the computer interfacing experiment.
All students also do Analogue Electronics practical exercises, including the following topics:
- single transistor amplifier
- differential amplifier
- operational amplifier
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed Assignments Formative & Summative 10% No 2, 3, 4 Report Formative 15% No 1, 5 Practical Work Formative & Summative 15% No 1, 5 Tests Summative 60% No 1 – 5
Assignments & Report (25% of the total course grade)
Assignments and a report will be used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the material and to provide students a benchmark for their progress in the course.
Practical work (15% of the total course grade)
Students work on experiments individually or in pairs and maintain a log book recording their progress, results and discussions. Demonstrators provide formative assessment as the students are doing each experiment. Assessment of this component of the course is based on the quality of the laboratory log book.
Tests (60% of the total course grade)
One 60-minute analogue electronics and one 120-minute experimental open book tests will be used to assess the understanding of and ability to use the material.
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
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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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