Casimir Course - Electronics for Physicists 2017



six full days


Delft University of Technology, Lorentzweg 1, Delft, mornings: F 105, afternoons: A 151


The course is a must-have for PhD students and postdocs interested in experimental physics. We will study electronics with a strong focus on practical applications. After reviewing the basics of passive and active components and their practical limitations, we will focus on circuit simulation, systematic troubleshooting and opamp circuits. Signals, noise and interference problems (and solutions!) will also be an important topic. We finish with an overview of microwaves and various measurement techniques, and a day on advanced use of electronic measurement equipment. Several case studies from the physics lab will be used throughout the course to make the theory come alive.

The course will be given in Delft over 6 full days (9h30 to 12h30 and 13h30 to 17h30). Additional reading and preparation in between the course days will take another 3 to 5 days. For a detailed course description, please download the overview below.

Teachers: Dr. Val Zwiller and Raymond Schouten (both Delft University of Technology)

Audience: The course is mainly intended for PhD students and postdocs (experimentalists as well as theoreticians) of the Casimir Research School. Motivated master students are welcome.

Dates and venues: The course days are November 8, 15, 22, and December 6, 11, 14. The morning sessions will take place in room F 105, the afternoon sessions in room A 151.

Organization: 3 EC / 5 GSC credits will be awarded only to those participants who attend the complete course and perform the lab exercises in the afternoons.

Reading: Book: The Art of Electronics, Horrowitz and Hill, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1989. Please note that the 3rd edition of this book is available now. Students should be in possession of the book (either the 2nd or the 3rd edition) when the course starts. Extra material is handed out during the course.

For more information on the course, contact Val Zwiller: or Raymond Schouten:

Registration: It is not possible to register for this course anymore. In case you want to cancel your registration, please contact Casimir Coordinator Marije Boonstra.


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