Welcome to the Advanced Lab!

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.

Week 6 Activities: Group Talks and Labs

Groups who have finished 3 week labs (STM and Laser Spectroscopy) will be giving group talks on Tuesday. Groups into their second week on their labs should have turned in perlabs. Start talking with your partners about what you're interested in doing for your Independent Project after Spring Break

Week 4 and 5 Activities: Error bars and Fitting

Everyone is now working on their lab schedule. Activities during lecture will be about including error calculations, error bars, and error propagation in your measurements. Week 5 includes activities in the use of error bars and weighting curves in your nonlinear fitting.

Week 3 Activities: Talks about Gaussian Beams

You will start working on your proposed labs. The draft lab schedule is available here.

Week 2 Activities: LabVIEW

The second week's lecture activities will be on LabVIEW.

Week 1 and 2 Lab: Gaussian Laser Beams

The first lab guide is on Gaussian Laser beams is available here. First meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Duane G-214.

About the Advanced Laboratory Course

The Advanced Laboratory provides students with a variety of experimentalist skills, exposes students to a collection of topics in experimental physics, and provides a sense of the nature of independent research. The Laboratory itself has a large inventory of instrumentation and equipment, including mechanical, electronic, and optical components, that support a broad spectrum of experiments.

The Advanced Laboratory courses have two phases. The first phase consists of pre-designed experiments, chosen by the student from a list covering topics in Modern Physics and Optics. A written report or short talk (on alternating experiments) follows the completion of each experiment. About mid-semester, students individually or in small teams begin to conceive of independent experimental projects 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 an extended project report and also gives a short oral presentation.