Electronics for physicists - May 2010



Casimir course electronics for physicists, May 2010

Course contents

The course is a must-have for PhD students and post-docs 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 Art of Electronics, Horrowitz and Hill, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, New York, 1989. Extra material is handed out during the course. Students should be in possession of the book when the course starts.


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

The course is mainly intended for Ph.D. students and postdocs (experimentalists as well as theoreticians) associated to the Casimir Research School, motivated master students are welcome.

Dates and venues: The course consists of 5 whole days in May 2010, in Delft.

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


Please register by sending an e-mail to Val Zwiller ( or to Raymond Schouten (