Fakultät für Physik




Lab course: Science with electronics – Overview

Building scientific apparatus with electronics (3 ECTS "Schlüsselqualifikation")
Lab course for Bachelor and Master students
by Bert Nickel (lecturer), Stefan Manus (electrical engineer)

About the lecture

Time and place

1) Dorm-room phase

2) One week block course 19.03 - 23.03.2018 (full day) in the Electronics lab for students at campus Oettingenstrasse 67 (MBO)


Content of the course: Design of new instruments is at the heart of experimental physics. In this course, you train basic skills to employ electronics for measurement and control of scientific apparatus. For this purpose, we have installed a new electronics lab for students. Here you learn how to use standard tools such as oscilloscopes, breadboards, microprocessors (Arduino), voltmeters, and so on to test electronics components and to integrate them in an experimental setup.

Organization of the course: We start with a dormatory room phase, i.e. some electronics experiments that you can do at home. Then, we spend one week in a fully equipped electronics lab to work on a project, i.e. a laser microscope. 

1) Dorm-room lab phase: In order to prepare for the lab class and to refresh your knowledge about ohms law, transistors, and light emitting diodes, you will work through some tutorial experiments with the Arduino starter kit. We will hand out this kit to you before the course, all you need in addition is a PC with Windows or Linux in order to install the free Arduino programming environment. In order to qualify for the lab week, you have to run and document selected experiments from the starter kit before the course begins.

2) Electronics lab block course: The main part of the course is a one week course in the electronics lab. Here, you build your own little x-y laser scanner controlled by an Arduino in a team of two students. The components we get from disintegrating a DVD drive and characterizeing its main components (motors, laser diode, photodetector, tracking coils). Each morning, Stefan Manus, electrical engineer of the physics department with more than 20 years of practical experience in precision electronics for physics experiments will support you. He will explain to you some basic concepts and give practical advice how to handle a solderer and build up little electronic cirquits. Furthermore, a tutor (student) will give you practical advice.

How to participate: Next slot will be 19.-23. March 2018. You can already register to Bert Nickel by email. Please add a short motivation (few lines) what you expect or why you want to participate.

The course counts as Schlüsselqualifikation (3 ECTS).

Verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Bert Nickel