Focus Series on Low-cost Experiments in Physics...

...using recent technologies as sensors or open source hardware

Since a short while ago, smartphones present an increasing number of built-in sensors. Several physics experiments have been empowered using these technologies. As the original intention of sensor manufacturers was not to use these sensors in physics experiments, a certain effort is needed to transform smartphones into physics instruments. However, the reward for doing this effort is considerable. Indeed, smartphones present several advantages as decreasing price and increasing capabilities and availability among young people. This Focus Series will convene novel experiments, or improved versions of classical experiments, using recent technologies as built-in sensors or open source hardware (like Arduino boards).

Important note: As Physics education research is out of the scope of Papers in Physics, the manuscripts submitted to this focus issue should be centered in the experiments and not in teaching and/or learning aspects related to them.



Reception of submissions for this focus series of Papers in Physics edited by Arturo Martí and Martín Monteiro is open.


If you have been invited to submit your original contribution to be included in the "Focus Series on Low-cost experiments in Physics using recent technologies as sensors or open source hardware” please follow the general author instructions and make sure you mention this focus series in your "Notes to the editor". If you wish to submit a manuscript for inclusion in this focus series, you can follow the standard process for regular articles and indicate you would like the paper to be considered for the "Focus serie on Low-cost experiments in Physics using recent technologies as sensors or open source hardware”. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the editors will make a decision as to whether inclusion in this focus series is appropriate.

All manuscripts for this focus series are peer reviewed (either under Traditional or Open Review, according to the author request). Accepted papers will be published as regular articles in Papers in Physics as soon as they are ready and also highlighted in this web page with special remarks from Arturo Marti and Martín Monteiro.