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Course unit
SCP7081617, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
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Degree course track PHYSICS OF THE UNIVERSE [003PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PHYSICS LABORATORY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FRANCESCO RECCHIA FIS/04
Other lecturers ALAIN GOASDUFF FIS/04

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/01 Experimental Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 0.0 12 0.0 No turn
Laboratory 4.0 48 52.0 3
Lecture 2.0 16 34.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 PHYSICS LABORATORY 01/10/2017 30/11/2018 RECCHIA FRANCESCO (Presidente)
STEVANATO LUCA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Physics laboratory courses of the first three years.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at the training on the use of experimental instrumentation for the study of Physics of Fundamental Interactions, Matter and Astrophysics and to data analysis. The student will learn how to manage autonomously an experimental apparatus, the data taking and analysis and the evaluation of the obtained results.
Examination methods: Written report by the group on the experiments performed. Individual interview with presentation of one of the experiments and possible short questions about the other two experiments. The presentation will concern the description of the physical phenomena, the experimental apparatus with the relative electronics and the data taking and analysis.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the skills demonstrated in performning the experiments. Evaluation of the written report and the ability of the student in presenting and discussing the experiment performed.
Course unit contents: This course propose to the students some modern physics experiments that allow the approach to measurement techniques in use for the study of Fundamental Interactions, Matter and Astrophysics. Each student will carry out three experiments.
The experiments proposed are: 1) Cosmic Rays 2) Compton Scattering 3) Positronium decay 4) Gamma-ray imaging 5) Fast timing 6) Plasma Physics 7) X-ray fluorescence 8) Natural radioactivity and radon counting.
In the first five experiments the students will be trained to the use of scintillator for the detection of particles and gamma-rays and to the use of the relative electronics. Multiparameter events will be constructed exploiting timing coincidences between multiple detectors. The data will be analysed using the ROOT data analysis framework. In the Plasma Physics experiment the students will study the conditions that allow the formation of plasma starting from a small quantity of neutral gas. They will study the physical characterisations of the plasma by means of electronics measurements. The students will have to deal with vacuum and residual gas measurement techniques. The X-fluorescence and natural radioactivity experiments will be performed using high-resolution semiconductor detectors (Silicon and HPGe). They will train the students to spectroscopy techniques of the X and gamma radiation and to the relative analysis techniques.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theory lessons for the description of the experiments (16 hours, 2 CFU). The students will be divided in groups with 3 members. Each group will carry out 3 experiments.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Course notes available online.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)