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1. Course title

Laboratory course on instrumentation
Laboratory course on instrumentation
Laboratory course on instrumentation

2. Course code


3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
PAP300 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences (optional for Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology)

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

Any time during the master's or doctoral studies.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

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


7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr


8. Teacher coordinating the course

Dr. Erik Brücken

Dr. Timo Hildén


9. Course 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.

10. Course completion methods

Participation in laboratory work sessions 2h / week (80% required),

Operational radiation detector,

Operational data acquisition system,

Accepted work report.

11. Prerequisites

Basic undergraduate laboratory experience.

12. Recommended optional studies

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

13. Course content

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.

14. Recommended and required literature

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

15. 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.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

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.

17. Teaching language


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