Casimir Course - Electronics for Physicists 2023



Tuesdays in November and December (and end October)


Delft, building 20 and 22


Note (Sept. 4th): most spots for the full-course have already been taken. By 'registering' below, you might in fact end up on the waiting list instead.

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 second-year master students are welcome too.

Dates and venues: Course dates are on Tuesdays: 31 October, 7, 14, 21 and 28 November and 5 and 12 December. Please note: 31 October is the first lecture (no hands-on /lab session), 12 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. Most lecture sessions will take place in room D (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 or 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1989. Students should be in possession of the book (or a digital version of the book) when the course starts. Extra material is made available during the course.

For more information, contact Raymond Schouten:

Registrations are opened as of Monday August 14th. To register for this course, fill 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.

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

  • Tue 31 Oct:         -      +  Lecture 1
  • Tue 07 Nov:   Lab 1     +  Lecture 2
  • Tue 14 Nov:   Lab 2     +  Lecture 3
  • Tue 21 Nov:   Lab 3     +  Lecture 4
  • Tue 28 Nov:   Lab 4     +  Lecture 5
  • Tue 05 Dec:   Lab 5     +  Lecture 6
  • Tue 12 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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