Track: Physics for Instrumentation

Physics for Instrumentation focuses on designing new cutting-edge instruments and sensor technologies. You will be able to help develop the most advanced detectors for research in cosmology and particle physics or machines for medical therapy and chip fabrication.

Course modules
Elective modules related to this track include Imaging Systems, Advanced Photonics, Quantum Optics and Lasers, Nanotechnology, Submm and Terahertz Physics and Applications, Terahertz Superconducting Astronomical Instrumentation, Elementary Particles, and Introduction to Charged Particle Optics.
Regardless of the track, the Applied Physics programme also includes mandatory mathematics and ethics modules, and a choice of general advanced physics modules.

Thesis project
You will carry out your Master’s thesis project in the department of Imaging Physics (varying from life-sciences to high-tech industries), the department of Quantum Nanoscience (e.g. on sensing technology for space telescopes and cosmology with nanotechnology) or the department of Radiation Science and Technology (including advanced detectors for particle physics research at CERN), or on the control of imaging systems at Delft Center for Systems and Control.

Additional options
If you follow the Physics for Instrumentation track with a focus on photonics, you will have the opportunity to do the second year of your Master’s programme (including the thesis project) at the Abbe Center of Photonics of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena. This collaboration is supported by the German Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Mechanics (IOF), TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) and two industrial partners, namely ASML and Carl Zeiss AG.

The programme and all modules are described in detail in the study guide.