Welcome to the Advanced Lab!

Schedule of labs and talks

The current schedule of labs and talks will be posted here.

First meeting will be at 9 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Duane G-214.

Scanning your lab notebook

The scanner/copier in the main office (and also 5th floor of Gamow Tower) is the fastest way to scan multiple pages of your lab notebook into a single PDF document and have it emailed directly to you. Get the scanning instructions here.

Bring your laptop.

If you have a laptop, please bring it to class. On it, you should install two programs:

  1. Mathematica 8.0 You can get it for free at the OIT Mathematica Download Site.
  2. LabVIEW Student Edition The download is from OnTheHub and it costs $20 for the student version on the web store. In addition to installing LabVIEW there is a separate installation for the Device Drivers to talk to the DAQ. There is a download link to the NI Device Drivers DVD which can be downloaded and burned for free.

Submit your requested set of experiments by Friday, Jan 18.

In addition to the Gaussian Laser Beams lab, you will complete four other guided experiments. The full list of labs can be found on the pages for optics and modern physics. Provide the name of your anticipated lab partner and a list of your four prefered experiments along with one backup choice. We will attempt to accomodate your requests. Submit your selections in the "Requested experiments" D2L dropbox.

Week 1 and 2 Lab: Gaussian Laser Beams

The first lab guide is on Gaussian Laser beams is available here.

About the Advanced Laboratory Course

The Advanced Laboratory gives students opportunities to engage in a variety of practices common in experimental physics. The Laboratory has a large inventory of instrumentation and equipment, including mechanical, electronic, and optical components, that support a broad spectrum of experiments.

The first 10 weeks of the Advanced Laboratory course consists of student-selected guided experiments in Optics and Modern Physics. A written report or short oral presentation follows the completion of each experiment. About mid-semester, students individually or in small teams begin to conceive of independent experimental research projects covering any field relevant to experimental physics. This project is the focus of weeks 11-15. The instructors make every effort to support original and creative projects. At the end of the semester, the student submits an extended project report and also gives a short oral presentation.