This paper follows on from PHSI 282. Students will engage in research-style experimental projects that explore principles in physics relating to both the natural phenomena and modern technology. A key ingredient in the paper is developing communication skills by reporting laboratory results through a range of communication platforms (seminars, posters etc.).
The paper consists of 12 lectures (which will include student seminar contributions), and 12 four-hour practicals. Students follow an individual sequence of experiments through the semester, which are assigned by lottery.
Associate Professor Harald Schwefel
Harald Schwefel, Colin Fox, Tim Molteno, Kirsten Franklin
Paul Yates, Emma Douma
References will be given with individual experiments
[Topics covered is correct as of 2019.]
|Vibronic absorption spectrum of molecular iodine|
|Charge to mass ratio for an electron|
|The charge on an electron|
|External cavity diode laser & rubidium hyperfine structure|
|HeNe laser & Fabry Perot interferometer|
|Measuring photon shot noise|
|Near-field electrostatic communication|
|Control and manipulation using Arduino|
Formal University Information
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Research-style experimental projects that explore key physical principles in physics relating to both natural phenomena and modern technology.
A key ingredient in the paper is developing communication skills by reporting laboratory results through a range of communication platforms (seminars, posters, etc.).
|Paper title||Experimental Physics II|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,110.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- (PHSI 243 or PHSI 282) or EMAN 201
- Schedule C
- More information link
- View more information about PHSI 381
- Teaching staff
Measurements and Their Uncertainties, Hase & Hughes, Oxford (available as electronic resource from the Science Library).
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation,
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will:
- Retrieve literature to support the understanding of a research question
- Plan and carry out an experiment to illuminate a research question
- Capture data from a physical system by means of contemporary data acquisition tools, such as a digital storage oscilloscope, and apply appropriate modelling to the sampled data using curve-fitting tools
- Report on research findings verbally, visually and in writing
- Be familiar with good practice for experimental procedures and reporting of results
- Collaborate as part of a team to prioritise tasks and efficiently carry out an experiment