Fundamental Constants

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode WMPH008-05
Vaknaam Fundamental Constants
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Fundamental Constants
Leerdoelen After this course the student will be able to:
- explain how fundamental constant connect fundamental science and metrology
- determine the hierarchical position of scientific constants and their level of “fundamentalism”
- put the development of the SI-units into a historical and societal perspective and indicate it’s shortcomings for fundamental science
- make a motivated choice between the various unit systems based on their intended use
- explain in depth a subject of choice from a historical, scientific and societal perspective
Omschrijving The objective of this course is to explain the connection between the role fundamental constants in fundamental science on the one hand and metrology, the art of every-day measurement, on the other hand. The relation between these constants and the various units systems are explained. A system to classify constants into a hierarchical structure based on their scientific status is discussed and related to the Standard Models of Physics. The historical evolution of techniques to measure time, length and mass will be reviewed and connected to Planck’s constant and the speed of light. The principles behind the atomic clock and the frequency comb are explained. The fundamental constants of the Standard Model of Particle Physics and the Cosmological Standard Model are reviewed.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC)
(6 weeks of 4 hours each + 2 weeks for report preparation)
Toetsvorm Verslag (R)
(report (75%) + peer-review (25%))
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. L. Willmann
Docent(en) dr. L. Willmann

This course was registered last year with course code WMPH13009
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