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Frontiers of Physics Research
Frontiers of physics research will enable you to explore through a series of lectures areas of current research in the Department. Each lecture will introduce a specific topic which will serve as the stimulus for further study. Following the lectures, which will also include sessions on scientific writing and how to read journal articles, you will research one topic as a concise review article and two in the form of abstracts. In addition, you will attend the Departmental Postgraduate Poster evening and write up one of the displayed posters.
Advanced Astrophysics Laboratory
There are two main aims for the third year astrophysics laboratory
a. To provide practical examples of some of the more advanced physics and astrophysics you will be covering in the third and fourth year lecture courses and
b. To provide a step between the rather directed, short term experiments of the first and second year laboratories and the complexities of your astrophysics project work next year.
As a result the experiments are both longer and more open-ended, and will be directed by your growing expertise and effort. The scripts of the experiments will require you to find and read appropriate additional material and reference these sources in your lab notebook and your Laboratory Dissertation. You will also learn to keep a contemporary and formatted laboratory notebook which will be a true record of your laboratory work and progress. You will also learn how to manage multi-staged, complex, and open-ended experimental work.
At the end of this module successful students will be able to:
become proficient with an area of departmental research and current astrophysical research to a level consistent with 3rd year MPhys knowledge by means of literature, database and web searches
become confident in reading scientific journal articles and extracting useful information
write succinct and accurate scientific English for both one-page and more extended summaries and Laboratory Dissertation of experimental work
able to learn from, analyse and constructively criticise a PhD-level poster presentation.
To properly measure and collect data using techniques important to astronomy and astrophysics within the laboratory
To describe the physics behind experimental observables found in the laboratory work.
Keep a good and professional experimental record of work in the laboratory notebook
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The topics are likely to vary from year to year; recent lectures have included:
Advanced Astrophysics Laboratory:-
The students have the choice of performing four experiments from an extensive list. The experiments can to vary from year to year; and the recent Astrophysics-specific experiments have recently included:
As well as related experiments in Atomic Physics, Optics, and Signal Processing in the Advanced Experimental Physics Laboratory.
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Frontiers of Research -
Written feedback on the assignment will provided within four weeks of the deadline.
Experimental Lab -
There will be no formal written feedback on each experiment but comments will be written on the introductory plan and verbal feedback provided during marking. Formal feedback
on your laboratory dissertation will be provided within four weeks of the deadline.
See Lab handbook and VLE resources