Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course student can

  • Explain how various physical quantities are transduced into electrical variables.
  • Design basic active electronic circuits for measurements.
  • Explain the basic working principles of the most common temperature, pressure and displacement sensors as well as the most common vacuum pumps and cryogenic equipment.
  • Design a simple filtering circuit with both passive and active components, and explain the basic working principle of phase-sensitive detection.
  • Explain how to protect the measurements from resistive, capacitive and inductive coupling of noise.
  • Apply the concepts of amplifier noise and measurement sensitivity in order to figure out if a given quantity is measurable.
  • Design an optical setup for light manipulation and detection
  • Explain the principle of common optical techniques

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.09.2023 - 30.11.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matthijs de Jong, Mika Sillanpää, Laure Mercier de Lepinay

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course reviews methods, practices and data processing needed in experimental physics research. Topics addressed include common sensors, amplifiers, filters, measurement systems, laser optics, vacuum technology, cryogenic techniques, and thermometry.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exercises, group assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures / contact hrs 84 h

    Preparing for lectures 11 h

    Assignment work (group+independent) 40 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II