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SCP4065484, A.A. 2017/18

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SC1158, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ADVANCED LABORATORY OF PHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge MARCELLO LUNARDON FIS/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 9.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Annual
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 4.0 48 52.0 2
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 15/06/2018

Prerequisites: Experimental physics laboratory courses: Sperimentazioni di Fisica I and Sperimentazioni di Fisica II. General Physics courses: Fisica I and Fisica II.
Previous attendance to both Sperimentazioni di Fisica I and II is required.
Mid-term tests and exams can be taken only after the other four exams have been successfully passed (Fisica I and II, Sperimentazioni di Fisica I and II).
Target skills and knowledge: Electronics: design and assemble simple circuits using diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers, being able to characterize the circuits and measure the relevant parameters. Learn the basics of analog amplification.
Spectroscopy: setting up and operation of simple experiments on atomic and nuclear spectroscopy, multi-parametric data analysis and discussion of the collected results.
Examination methods: Written tests. Written lab reports are required on a selected laboratory experiments. In some special cases it is possible to take an oral test after having passed the written tests.
Assessment criteria: grading will be a weighted mean on the written tests results and the laboratory reports evaluations, optionally including the result of the oral test.
Course unit contents: First part:
Amplifiers: general definition of voltage and current amplification, impedance matching, ideal operational amplifiers and basic circuits (inverting and non inverting amplifiers, differentiator and integrator). The real opamp: frequency response, transfer curves, feedback.
Diode: functioning principle, transfer functions. Simple circuits with diodes. Applications: tension rectifier circuits, digital thermometers, solar cells.
Field effect transistors (MOSFET): basics, transfer functions, polarization, operating points, simplified models. Applications: amplifier circuits: small signal analysis, characteristics, frequency response. Basic digital applications and BJT.
Laboratory experiments:
- basic circuits with operational amplifiers
- diode characteristics, half-wave and full-wave rectifier circuits
- MOSFET chatacteristics, common source amplifiers circuit, common drain amplifier; constructions and characterization of simple logic gates using CMOS.

Second part:
Functioning principles of ionizing radiation detectors. Radioprotection basics. Description and setup optimization of the lab experimental apparatus, data acquisition and analysis for the following experiments:
1. atomic spectroscopy (emission spectra in the visible range)
2. normal Zeeman effect
3. detection of x-ray photons using a silicon detector: measurement of the absorption coefficient and characterization of a pointlike radioactive source at different distances
4. measurement of alpha particles using a gas ionization chamber
5. gamma-ray measurements using scintillation detectors
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and laboratory sessions. The latter are organized in small groups (maximum three students). Lab written reports are expected.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lectures handouts and textbooks
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Melissinos, Experiments in Modern Physics. --: Academic Press, 2003. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Blalock, Microelettronica. --: McGraw-Hill Education, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • M. Pieraccini, Fondamenti di elettronica. --: Pearson, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • G. Knoll, Radiation Detection and Measurement. --: John Wiley and sons, --. Cerca nel catalogo