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Archived Version 2005 - 2006

Module Title Advanced Vacuum Technology
Module Code PS511
School School of Physical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorMs Samantha FahyOffice NumberD111
Level 5 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite PS508
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
Present the detailed principles of vacuum pump operation and vacuum system design to enable the student to make informed decisions on pump and vacuum system specification and purchases.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completing this module the participant should: 7Have a detailed understanding of vacuum pumping methods. 7Be able to specify, design and source vacuum system components and assemblies. 7Know the aspects of surface physics relevant to vacuum system operation.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 112.5

Total 112.5
Assume that a 7.5 credit module load represents approximately 112.5 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
Surface Preparation: permeation, surface migration, outgassing, pressure limitations. Ultra High Vacuum Techniques Ultra High Vacuum Pumps: titanium sublimation, sputter ion, non evaporable getter pumps Advanced Pressure Measurement: Residual gas analysers - including operating principles, interpretation of data, sources of error, Vacuum Maintenance: preventive maintenance, leaks and leak detection. Vacuum Calibration: absolute and subsidiary standards - accuracy and lifetime. Vacuum Standards: component dimensions.
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Indicative Reading List
Programme or List of Programmes
GPVGDip in Plasma & Vacuum Technology
MPVMSc in Plasma and Vacuum Technology
SMPPSingle Module Programme (Plasma)