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Unit information: Physics Techniques in 2018/19

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Unit name Physics Techniques
Unit code PHYSM0015
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Hayden
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit will be a mixture of lectures and practical training. Students will select from a range of different options. This will allow the students to tailor their programme to their interests and likely needs in future years. The unit will cover the techniques used in the field of condensed matter physics. Examples of the techniques covered include: neutron and x-ray scattering; electron microscopy and associated techniques; spectroscopic probes (Raman and infrared, scanning probe microscopy); theoretical modelling and simulation of materials and devices. This unit is designed to support the research aspects of the training, and as such will be a mixture of workshop-style teaching, seminars, and hands-on sessions on relevant research equipment or using computer packages.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the operation of key pieces of technical equipment or software packages
  • demonstrate a basic knowledge of a range of experimental and theoretical/modelling techniques used in condensed matter research and understand what results might be obtained by using these techniques.
  • apply the techniques studied to a research problem in the future.

Teaching details

Demonstrations, seminars, lectures and practical hands-on sessions.

Assessment Details

Assessed course work sheet of questions related to research techniques and essay questions (5 hours each module, 100%).

Reading and References

References to be provided by lecturers