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(Physics 3340/4430/5430)

Instructors: Heather Lewandowski and Jun Ye

About the Advanced Laboratory Course

The Advanced Laboratory Course has three teaching goals: To provide students with a variety of experimentalist skills, to expose students to a collection of topics in experimental physics, and to provide a sense of the nature of independent research. The Laboratory itself has a large inventory of instrumentation, equipment, and mechanical, electronic, and optical components that support a broad spectrum of experiments.

The Advance Laboratory has two phases. The first phase consists of pre-designed experiments, chosen by the student from a list covering topics in Electronics, Modern Physics, and Optics. A written report follows the completion of each experiment. About mid-semester, the student begins to conceive of an independent experimental project covering any field relevant to experimental physics. This project is the focus of the second phase, beginning in early April. The instructors make every effort to support original and creative projects. At the end of the Semester, the student submits and extended project report and also gives an oral presentation.

Current Information

The presentation schedule is now posted. The final presentations will be from 2 - 5 pm on Thursday May 4. Please come to as many of the talks as you can. The presentations will be held in the west end of the advanced lab. If you can not make your scheduled time please let Dr. Lewandowski know as soon as possible. Each group will have 15 minutes to give their presentation. Please plan to finish two minutes early to leave time for questions. We will have an LCD projector and laptop computer available for you to use. You may bring your own laptop or preferably have the presentation on a USB drive. Be sure to practice your presentation in front of an audience until you are sure that it can be understood and that it is the correct length.

The final reports will be due by 5 pm on Monday May 8. The amount of content in these reports should be roughly 3 times that of a regular lab report. You will have to give more background material than in a regular lab since there is no lab manual to go along with your project. There should be enough information in your report so that another student in the course (who is not familiar with your project) could understand what you have done. The final report should include background information, procedure, measurements, calculations, discussion, and conclusions.

Presentation Schedule

Course Information:

Lectures Spring 2006

Note: All shop lectures are in the machine shop (C-wing, 1B-level).

January 17
Intro (Lewandowski and Ye)
January 19
Shop:Hand tools
January 24
Low temp. techniques (Lenhert)
January 26
Shop: Painting and Dry wall
January 31
Particle detectors (Nagle)
February 2
Vacuum techniques (Dessau)
February 7
Error Analysis (Cornell)
February 9
Shop: Basic Plumbing
February 14
Optical detectors (Leanhardt)
February 16
Shop: Electrical Lab and home
February 21
Servo systems (Ye)
February 23
Shop: Sheet metal
February 28
March 2
March 7
Lasers (Kapteyn)
March 9
Shop: Joining Materials

Contacting Your Instructors

M 3-4pm
W 12-1pm

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