Pre-requisites: PHY21005, PHY21006

Aims/Description: This module will develop transferrable skills that will be useful in further experimental project work and industrial science and technology roles. Students will gain hands-on experience using a range of sophisticated experimental techniques to explore physics research and real world context-based questions. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical and gamma-ray spectroscopies, as well as associated techniques such as ellipsometry will be used. Students will undertake a series of experiments, supported by lectures, in semester one and conduct an open-ended project utilising the techniques in semester two.

Staff Contact: SALA BIANCA
Teaching Methods: Students will have 10 formal hours of lectures on the different experimental techniques that they will use in the rest of the module. Students will then undertake (in pairs) 10 hours of lab-work, where they work on 5 short experiments (lab rotations) that are designed to give familiarity with the different techniques described in the lectures. Students will then undertake (again in pairs) a further 20 hours of lab-work where they work on a single experimental technique and conduct a longer, more open-ended project.
Assessment: Course work, Project work, Presentation

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Physics and Astronomy):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK