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Experimental Laboratory for Astrophysics II - PHY00010I

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  • Department: Physics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Erik Wagenaars
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

  • None

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

The second year experimental laboratory seeks to build on the knowledge and experience gained in the first year. The laboratory is organised on a zoned (thematic) basis, which comprises two physics zones (40% of the module) and 2 1.5 physics zones (40% of the module) and 1.5 astrophysics zones (40% of the module), with special emphasis on the use and critical evaluation of modern (computer-based) instrumentation. This module also includes a LabView interfacing zone (20% of the module) and an Electronics zone (20% of the module). which are important in many areas of experimental physics and astrophysics. The laboratory is a balance of experiments designed to support formal lecture teaching and new topics.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate good experimental practice including appropriate awareness of safety

Demonstrate quality of record keeping.

Be able to plan and execute experiments over an extended time

Be able to demonstrate critical assessment of your measurements and results

Be able to identify and assess errors

Critically discuss your experimental results

Have developed further skills in a range of experimental techniques and in the operation of equipment and appropriate data analysis and processing software beyond that in the 1st year laboratory.

Be able to communicate and present your experimental work in the format of a leading scientific journal.

Demonstrate the ability to use LabVIEW software for interfacing equipment to a computer.

Interpret Limb darkening

Understand how to correct and study astronomical images

Understand the optics used in modern telescopes

parameterise and characterise a telescope that the students build

Module content

Students taking this module should have also taken either PHY00012C, PHY00013C or PHY00014C,


Task Length % of module mark
Lab Notebook
N/A 56
Report 1 (Term 1)
N/A 22
Report 2 (Term 2)
N/A 22

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Re-assessment: Lab Notebook
N/A 50
Re-assessment: Report
N/A 50

Module feedback

Our policy on how you receive feedback for formative and summative purposes is contained in our Department Handbook.

Indicative reading

Laboratory Scripts- Lab Scripts will be provided.

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