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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2008 - 2009

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

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Module Co-ordinatorDr. Paul SwiftOffice NumberN107
Level 5 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
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:7

  • Have a detailed understanding of vacuum pumping methods.
  • Be able to specify, design and source vacuum system components and assemblies.
  • Know the aspects of surface physics relevant to vacuum system operation.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 150

Total 150
Assume that a 10 credit module load represents approximately 150 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 TechniquesUltra High Vacuum Pumps: titanium sublimation, sputter ion, non evaporable getter pumpsAdvanced 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 Assessment45% Examination Weight55%
Indicative Reading List
Programme or List of Programmes
GPVGDip in Plasma & Vacuum Technology
MPVMSc in Plasma and Vacuum Technology
SMPPSingle Module Programme (Plasma)