2016 Experimental Physics

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Undergraduate major in Physics
Jinnouchi Osamu  Kanamori Hideto 
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Course description and aims

[summary] The lecture will be given for the basics of the physics experiments. The topics will be, how to write experiment's note, writing a good report, processing and statistics of data, optical measurements, technique for the vacuum operation, the particle detection techniques, circuit board works.

[aim] These knowledges will become useful when taking the 'Experiments in Physics A' and 'Experiments in Physics B'.

Student learning outcomes

[the goal] Learn the basic knowledge and techniques for the physics experiment, and the main principles behind.
In order to observe and verify the law of the nature, the students need to learn experimental techniques as well as the
documenting skills and interpretation of the experimental procedures, and the results. Also the understanding of experiment itself and the data processing techniques are important. In this class, the student can learn these basics of the physics experiment.


physics experiment, data processing, experiment report

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

In general, the lectures will be given with slides. Occasionally the small experiments will be carried out as a demonstration.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Significance of experiment in physics and how we conduct experiments How to take an experimental note and how to write experimental reports Necessity of experimental proof Pre-experiment: preparation and risk assessment Recording of the experiments
Class 2 Fundamentals of vacuum Kinetic theory of ideal gas and mean free path Conductance and equation for evacuation
Class 3 Fundamentals of optics Characters of light Principle of light emission and detection
Class 4 Fundamentals of electronics classification of elementary circuit devices by the category of passive or active devices. general idea of amplification in electronic circuit
Class 5 Data processing and the statistics Basic quantities of errors in statistics Errors and its propagation Significant figures and degree of confidence
Class 6 Fundamentals of radiation measurement Basics properties of the radiations Interaction of particles with matter
Class 7 Technique in signal processing Concept of the impedance Processing of fast pulse, signals from detectors
Class 8 Summary and the ethics learning of the experimental research Episodes of the discoveries in new physics 1) discovery of the Higgs particle 2) the story about the superluminal neutrinos



Reference books, course materials, etc.

'Physics Experiment' edited by TokyoTech Physics department

Assessment criteria and methods

The end of term exams, reports and the students participations

Related courses

  • PHY.L202 : Experiments in Physics A
  • PHY.L203 : Experiments in Physics B
  • PHY.L210 : Computational Physics

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