Spectroscopic Instrumentation and Microscopies


This module details the methods utilised in studying how light (from infrared to gamma-rays) interacts with matter. It also includes descriptive and practical applications of beyond visual microscopy like Scanning Probe Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. The learner should understand the theory, concepts and methods of atomic and nuclear physics, spectroscopic instrumentation and microscopies.

  2. Explain complex concepts and principles pertaining to spectroscopic instrumentation and surface analysis techniques and describe recent advances in spectroscopic methods and microscopies.

  3. Source, research and comprehend technical information pertaining to analytical instrumentation and evaluate the significance of information derived from spectroscopic systems.

  4. Select appropriate spectroscopic techniques for specific applications.

  5. Select the most appropriate scanning probe technique for a given application;

  6. The learner should be able to specify, design, commission and oversee the running of analytical instrumentation systems and participate in the development and design of new instruments.

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%