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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2012 - 2013

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

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Module Co-ordinatorDr. Paul SwiftOffice NumberN107
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite PS508
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to provide a detailed knowledge of the principles of vacuum pump operation and vacuum design so as to enable the student to make an informed decision on pump and vacuum system specifications.

Learning Outcomes

1. State the sources of gas load in a vacuum chamber and describe how a vacuum is maintained.
2. Explain the operation of vacuum pumps used to produce a ultra-high vacuum and be able to discuss their advantages/disadvantages.
3. Design a vacuum system subject to its critical contraints.
4. Apply physical principles to written numerical problems.
5. Communicate their ideas with their colleagues.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study150No Description
Assignment Completion20One written assignment.
Total Workload: 170

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

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.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment45% Examination Weight55%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    MPVMSc in Plasma and Vacuum Technology
    SMPPSingle Module Programme (Plasma)