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PAP328 Laboratory course on instrumentation, 5 cr 
Code PAP328  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Laboratory course on instrumentation  Abbreviation Laboratory cour 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences 

Target group 

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).

Learning outcomes 

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.
Completion methods 
  • Participation in laboratory work sessions 2h / week (80% required),
  • Operational radiation detector,
  • Operational data acquisition system,
  • Accepted work report.

Basic undergraduate laboratory experience.

Recommended optional studies 

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.

Study materials and literature 

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

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

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

The course venue is Helsinki Detector Laboratory.

Assessment practices and criteria 
  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.

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