Casimir Course - Electronics for Physicists 2022



Tuesdays in November and December


Delft, building 20 and 22


Detailed course schedule can be found in document below. Please fill in the form below to register for this course.


Update October 4th: we have almost reached our maximum capacity for the hands-on sessions. You can still register for the full course, but you might be placed on a waiting list (and only attend the lectures).


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 and consists of 6 afternoon lectures (13h45 to 17h45) and 6 hands-on sessions (8h45 to 12h45). 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.

Instructors: Raymond Schouten, Roy Birnholtz, Tim Taminau, Raymond Vermeulen, Sowmini Kadathanad (Delft University of Technology) and Tjerk Oosterkamp (Leiden University).

Audience: The course is mainly intended for PhD students and postdocs of the Casimir Research School. Motivated master students are welcome too.

Dates and venues: Course dates are on Tuesdays: 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 November and 6 and 13 December. Please note: 1 November is the first lecture (no hands-on session), 13 December is the last hands-on session (no lecture that day). The hands-on will take place in Room A151 and A164, building 22 (TNW), Lorentzweg 1, Delft. All the lecture sessions will take place in room C (Aula), Building 20, Mekelweg 5, Delft.

Credits: 3 EC / 5 GSC credits will be awarded only to those participants who attend the complete course (6 lectures+6 hands-on sessions). Attendance lists will be used.

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, contact Raymond Schouten:

Registration [closed]
You can register for the course by filling in the form below. Please note that seats are limited - we can accept 100 participants to the lectures, and 60 to the hands-on sessions. As this course is mainly intended for PhD students of the Casimir Research School, they will be given priority for the hands-on sessions.

Your place at the course will be confirmed via email after registration is closed and participants have been selected (most likely the start of October). Besides Casimir-priority, the selection process will be on first-come-first-served basis.

The data we collect are used for organizational purposes only and won't be stored longer than absolutely necessary. For more details, see our privacy statement.

Course schedule
A detailed course schedule can be found in the document below. A short overview of the schedule is:

  • Tue 1 Nov:         -          +  Lecture 1
  • Tue 8 Nov:     Lecture 2  +  Lab 1
  • Tue 15 Nov:   Lab 2        +  Lecture 3
  • Tue 22 Nov:   Lab 3        +  Lecture 4
  • Tue 29 Nov:   Lab 4        +  Lecture 5
  • Tue 6 Dec:     Lab 5        +  Lecture 6
  • Tue 13 Dec:        -          +  Lab 6
                         (morning)  +   (afternoon)
The morning sessions are from 8h45 to 12h45. The afternoon sessions are from 13h45 to 17h15.


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