Course

PHYS3117 Physics Laboratory

Course Description : 

This course provides students with the opportunity to conduct advanced experimental investigations in a range of areas including: Electronics. Electromagnetism. Laser and spectroscopy. Optics and photonics.  Quantum, atomic & nuclear physics.  Solid state physics and nanotechnology.  Some experiments will be performed in research laboratories, guided by researchers.
 

Course Structure: 

Students will complete a number of experiments chosen from the list below. The total number of units to be completed over the course of the semester is 40. The units indicate the length and complexity of the experiments. Experiments have been grouped into subject streams, however experiments may be chosen from any stream. In addition, project-based experiments are available for high-performing students.

Stream 1: Physical Optics and Optical Fibres

Units

1.1

Polarization of Light (POL)

8

1.2

Fourier Optics (FO)

8

1.3

Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS)

8

1.4

Optical Time Domain Reflectometry (ODTR)

4

1.5

Holography (HOL)

8

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Adaptive Optics

8

 

 

 

Stream 2: Lasers and Spectroscopy

 

2.1

Properties of Laser Light (PLL)

8

2.2

Acousto-Optics (AO)

8

2.3

Photodetector and Light Source Characteristics (PDC)

8

2.4

Injection Diode Lasers (ILD)

8

2.5

Diode Pumped Solid State Laser (DPSS)

8

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Saturation Absorption Spectroscopy

8

 

 

 

Stream 3: Nuclear and Radiation Physics

 

3.1

Radiation Fundamentals (RF)

8

3.2

Neutron Irradiation (NI)

8

3.3

Gamma Ray Spectroscopy (GRS)

8

3.4

Coincidence Counting (CC)

12

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X-ray Computed Tomography

8

 

 

 

Stream 4: Solid State Physics

 

4.1

Magnetic Transitions (MT)

8

4.2

Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

8

4.3

Advanced X-Ray Diffraction (AXRD)

4

4.4

Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUID)

4

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Surface Acoustic Wave Devices (SAW)

8

 

 

 

Stream 5: Atomic Physics

 

5.1

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

8

5.2

Pulsed NMR (PNMR)

8

5.3

Normal Zeeman Effect (NZE)

8

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Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT)

8

 

Assessment: 

Assessments will be based on a written lab report and interview with the course coordinator.  Marks will be allocated based (i) an understanding of the principles, (ii) the quality of the experimental results and analysis, and (iii) the presentation of the written report. There will be two additional assessments for the course – a laser safety assignment and a presentation. Further details will be provided.

Semester(s) Offered: 

Semester 2

Prerequisites: 

PHYS3112

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Senior Lecturer

Peter Reece

Postgraduate Student

Lachlan Russell