Didactic Labs

Our Didactic Laboratories are conceived and organized to provide students with a smooth and highly effective path to master experimental methods, data analysis, and the use of complex instruments and technologies.

Students who successfully complete the Lab 1 and Lab 2 courses will be able to:

  • perform measurements related to mechanics, thermology, geometrical optics, and rationalize the behavior of electronic circuits with analog or digital components, with specific instrumentation (also remotely controlled), and automatic data-acquisition hardware (Arduino open-source platform);
  • estimate the uncertainties associated with measurements, and apply basic statistical tools to experimental data analysis;
  • use computers to plot and analyze data, test the compatibility of measurements and models, write and execute a Python script for data analysis and presentation, use LaTeX for writing reports.

During the third year, Laboratory Courses (Lab. 3 and Digital Technologies) analyze the behavior and function of analog and digital electronic devices, sensors, and circuits in depth. In the Lab.3 course, several further aspects of rationalization and design of circuits are examined, together with experiments highlighting the double character (quantum vs. classical) of matter (e.g. e/m ratio, Franck-Hertz, photoelectric effect). The Digital Technologies course explores programming and automation technologies, within experiments ranging from classical (e.g. Lambert-Beer, chaotic circuits) to modern physics (e.g. conductance quantization, Rb spectroscopy).

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