Checking date: 28/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Sensors and classical measurement instrumentation systems
Master in Quantum Technologies and Engineering (Plan: 476 - Estudio: 379)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA SOUTO, JOSE ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Electronic Technology Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
No prerequisites.
1.- To know the general principles associated with the measurement of physical quantities and instrumentation, as well as the metrological characterization of instrumentation systems. 2.- To know the different types of sensors according to different classifications, examples of classical instrumentation systems and their application to the measurement of physical quantities. 3.- To know and understand the fundamental components of a measurement instrumentation system: sensors, signal conditioning and data acquisition. 4.- To know the physical limits of the measurement processes and to calculate the metrological parameters associated with these limitations. 5.- To know the most common instrumentation techniques in advanced instrumentation systems.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1.- Instrumentation and measurement systems 1.1 Architecture of instrumentation systems 1.2 Metrological characteristics 1.3 Measurement uncertainty 1.4 Measurement standards 2.- Sensors and their application to physical measurements 2.1 Types of sensors 2.2 Examples of measurement of physical quantities 3.- Signal conditioning and data acquisition 3.1 Analog conditioning 3.2 Instrumentation amplifiers 3.3 Analog-to-digital conversion 3.4 Data acquisition systems 4.- Resolution and accuracy in instrumentation systems 4.1 Thermodynamic noise and quantification noise 4.2 Resolution evaluation of instrumentation systems 4.3 Interference and other sources of measurement errors 5.- Advanced instrumentation systems 5.1 Modulation and phase sensitive detection 5.2 Lock-in amplifiers
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures, where the basic knowledge to be acquired by the students will be presented. Students will have class notes and reference bibliography that will allow them to complete and deepen their knowledge of the subject. Practical sessions oriented to the resolution of exercises and discussion of examples in the context of practical cases. These classes will be complemented with the resolution of practical exercises by the students, individually or in groups. Group laboratory practices. Group tutorials.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • 1 Robert B. Northrop. Introduction to Instrumentation and Measurements (Third Edition). CRC Press (2014).
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Alan S. Morris, and Reza Langari. Measurement and Instrumentation - Theory and Application. Elsevier (on-line). 2011
  • Andrea Cataldo, et al.. Basic Theory and Laboratory Experiments in Measurement and Instrumentation: A Practice-Oriented Guide. Springer International Publishing (on-line). 2020
  • Jacob Fraden. Handbook of Modern Sensors. Physics, Designs, and Applications (Third Edition). Springer. 2004
  • James A. Blackburn. Modern Instrumentation for Scientists and Engineers. Springer. 2001
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.