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Syllabus for

Academic year
TIF295 - Experimental methods in modern physics
Experimentella metoder inom modern fysik
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPPHS
3,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English
Application code: 85119
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A
Maximum participants: 60

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Project 3,0 c Grading: TH   3,0 c    

In programs

MPPHS PHYSICS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory)


Lena Falk

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic courses in physics


The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to a variety of experimental concepts used in modern physics research, and to give them an opportunity to work on a well defined experimental project of their own choice.  The projects span over a wide range of disciplines, from biophysics and materials physics to nanooptics and surface physics, and will be carried out in research groups working in state-of-the-art laboratories at the Department of Physics.  The students will work in groups of two or three, and the projects will be presented both in writing and as an oral presentation in a seminar.  As a general introduction to the topic, the course will start with several lectures on the physics behind the projects that the students may choose from.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After this course the students should have a general knowledge of experimental methods in modern physics.  The students should be able to write a scientific report based on their own experimental work, and to give an oral presentation describing the used method and the obtained results.


The course starts with a number of lectures on the physics behind the different experimental projects that the students may choose from.  The projects are then carried out in groups of two or three students.  Finally, the students write a report and give an oral presentation.


Lectures, an experimental project, report writing, oral presentation.


Reading material in the form of lecture notes and laboratory instructions, including references to the literature, will be available on the course home page.

Examination including compulsory elements

The students carry out an experimental project, and hand in a written report on their work.  The report is presented orally in a seminar.

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