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Course Details

Course Department: Department of Physics
Course Code: PHY 350
Course Title: Advanced Physics Laboratory
Number of ECTS: 6
Level of Course: 1st Cycle (Bachelor's Degree) 
Year of Study (if applicable):
Semester/Trimester when the Course Unit is Delivered: Spring Semester 
Name of Lecturer(s):
Halil Saka
 
Lectures/Week: -- 
Laboratories/week: 1 (4 hours per lecture) 
Tutorials/Week: -- 
Course Purpose and Objectives:
 
Learning Outcomes:

It is expected that the students of the course will be able to:

  • Design, set-up and analyze their own experiments
  • Perform instrument interfacing and data acquisition programming tasks
  • Communicate their results in a scientific way
  • Become familiar with the experimental aspects of recent discoveries and advances in modern physics
  • Be able to perform interesting and challenging experiments and deepen their understanding of the underlying physics

 
Prerequisites: Not Applicable 
Co-requisites: Not Applicable 
Course Content:

A selection of the following experiments in modern optics, material, condensed matter, high energy and particle physics:

  • LabView programming for interfacing programming
  • FPGA programming
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum Eraser/lnterference
  • Optical tweezers
  • Atomic force microscope
  • Optical tunneling microscope
  • Magneto optic phenomena (Kerr effect)
  • Fizeau — measurement of speed of light
  • Measurement of Muon lifetime
  • Measurement of dE/dx

 
Teaching Methodology:

Students in groups of 2 or 3 perform 6 advanced physics experiments, devoting two weeks at each experiment. The laboratories are open Monday through Friday so that students can work on the experimental setup, instrument interfacing and data collection under the supervision of the course instructor. The instructor provides a brief introduction to each experiment, delivers relevant lab notes and advises/supervise the students. 


For each experiment, each group of students submit a lab report. They also have to give a presentation of their results for their experiments in front of an audience composed of the course instructor and the other students taking the course. In the presentation meetings, the instructor and students discuss the physics, experimental work and data analysis of the experiments.

 
Bibliography:
Literature search of relevant articles and discussion of the experimental exercises with the course instructor.
 
Assessment:

Lab reports(50%), Presentations (50%)

 
Language of Instruction: English
Greek/English depending on the audience.
Delivery Mode: Face-To-Face 
Work Placement(s):