- Code EMSC8722
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Science
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course is not offered in 2019
Measurement plays a critical role in the advancement of science and technology. As humanity progresses, our demand for precision measurements involves increasingly complex instruments which require a comprehensive understanding of physics, electronics, computing, automation, signal and data processing, encapsulated by a culture of design and innovation. In this program, students will learn the principles of the science and technology behind advanced measurement and detector systems. This course mainly concerns detection and signal measurement of particles (neutral atoms, ions) and photons. We will examine several operational complex detection and measurement systems and assess how these instruments are designed and constructed for specific application(s). Particular case studies could include space missions, synchrotrons, particle accelerators and mass spectrometers. Coverage will include specifics of the detector systems as well as critical support systems (vacuum, power, temperature stabilization, mechanical isolation)
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the physical principles behind detectors and sensors.
- Apply the knowledge of detectors and sensors to a particular measurement problem.
- Analyze a complex measurement system, identify component parts and their relationships, and determine the performance of the system.
- Evaluate the performance and limits of a variety of detector systems.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Labs 20% (LO 2,3,4)
- Assignments 40% (LO1-4)
- Case Study report/Exam 30% (LO1-4)
- Regular quizzes 10% (LO1)
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Workload120 hours of total student learning time, including: 42 hours of lectures and drop-in sessions, 16 hours of laboratories, and individual study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed Knowledge12 units of university level mathematics for physicists and engineers. 12 units of first year university advanced level physics.
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