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PAP328 Laboratory course on instrumentation, 5 op 
Tunniste PAP328  Voimassaolo 01.01.2017 -
Nimi Laboratory course on instrumentation  Lyhenne Laboratory cour 
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Vastuuyksikkö Alkeishiukkasfysiikan ja astrofysikaalisten tieteiden maisteriohjelma 


Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences
    Optional for:
    1. Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


Recommended time of studies for completion: any time during the master's or doctoral studies.

Offered in the autumn term every year.
Two period course (I-II periods).


After the laboratory course the student will be able to:

  1. work in a scientific laboratory environment taking into account strict safety rules such as caution for high-voltages, gases, chemicals, delicate instruments, and radiation safety,
  2. know the physics of radiation detectors (introductory level),
  3. construct a gas-filled radiation detector starting from simple everyday materials such as aluminum beverage can and nuts and bolts,
  4. operate radiation detectors and data acquisition systems using typical laboratory equipment, such as source-meter-unit, radiation sources, gas piping, preamplifier, linear amplifier, multi-channel analyzer, and oscilloscope,
  5. write scientifically high quality laboratory reports.
  • Participation in laboratory work sessions 2h / week (80% required),
  • Operational radiation detector,
  • Operational data acquisition system,
  • Accepted work report.
Edeltävät opinnot tai edeltävä osaaminen 

Basic undergraduate laboratory experience.

Suositeltavat valinnaiset opinnot 

Other courses in the course package of Instrumentation of Particle Physics.


Laboratory exercises will provide the students with hands-on & minds-on training about working in laboratory environment and about radiation detector technologies. The work will include gas detectors and detector read-out systems.

Oppimateriaali ja kirjallisuus 

Glenn. F. Knoll: Radiation Detection and Measurement, Fourth Edition, Wiley, 2010.

Oppimista tukevat aktiviteetit ja opetusmenetelmät 

Lectures given by teachers, guided laboratory work, writing laboratory report, group work.

The course venue is Helsinki Detector Laboratory.

Arviointimenetelmät ja -kriteerit 
  1. On-line assessment: Students’ achievement and progress will be observed during the laboratory work. Teachers will observe the students' procedural and problem solving skills, ability to use hands, engagement in the given exercise, cooperation within the group, respect to laboratory rules, and communication skills.
  2. Off-line assessment: Each group will write report about the tasks, explaining theory, methodology, analysis and results.

Suitable for exchange students


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