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The Physics of energy sources (1st year course)
To understand physical background and mechanisms associated with power generation and related issues.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the forms of energy, its production, transport and storage.
  • Understand basic nuclear physics and interactions with matter.
  • Understand the conditions necessary for sustainable chain reactions in fissile material.
  • Understand the design criteria for the control of a nuclear reactor.
  • Understand the principles of nuclear fusion useful in power generation and stellar fusion.
  • Understand physical ideas and issues associated with renewable forms of energy.
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Radio to Terahertz Receiver Systems (4th year course)

To understand the theory and usage of receivers operating in the frequency domain 1GHz to 1 THz (Radio to sub-millimeter). This course is covering their applications in the fields of Astrophysics, radar, security screening and communication. The course is focusing on the principle of the overall systems and of their individual components. Associated techniques such as cryogenics, quasi-optics, waveguide propagation, detectors and calibration processes are also detailed.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be familiar with RF technology and associated RF receiver techniques.
  • Be familiar with radar and communication systems.
  • Understand how to characterise the performance of receivers and their individual components.
  • Design and use receiver systems.
  • Understand the trade-off between the requirements and the constraints of these RF systems.

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