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PAP328 Laboratory course on instrumentation, 5 sp 
Kod PAP328  Giltighet 01.01.2017 -
Namn Laboratory course on instrumentation  Förkortning Laboratory cour 
Omfattning5 sp   
UndervisningsformFördjupade studier
  BedömningAllmän skala 
    Kan genomföras flera gångernej
Ansvarig enhet Magisterprogrammet i elementarpartikelfysik och astrofysikaliska vetenskaper 


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.
Studieavsnittets form 
  • Participation in laboratory work sessions 2h / week (80% required),
  • Operational radiation detector,
  • Operational data acquisition system,
  • Accepted work report.
Tidigare studier eller kunskaper 

Basic undergraduate laboratory experience.

Rekommenderade valfria studier 

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.

Studiematerial och litteratur 

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

Aktiviteter och undervisningsmetoder som stöder lärandet 

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

The course venue is Helsinki Detector Laboratory.

Bedömningsmetoder och kriterier 
  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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