Advanced Physics Laboratory
Experiments in this course are designed to form a bridge to current experimental research. A wide range of experiments are available using contemporary techniques and equipment. In addition to the standard set of experiments a limited number of research projects are also available. Many of the experiments can be carried out with a focus on instrumentation.
- Recommended preparation
- Breadth requirement
- Distribution requirement
Students have more freedom to progressively focus on specific areas of physics, do extended experiments, projects, or computational modules.
Some of the experiments available complement courses in condensed matter, molecular, atomic, nuclear and particle physics. Others require completely individual study to understand the physics of the experiment.
Scanning tunneling microscope; a number of studies of x-ray diffraction and x-ray fluorescence; the infrared spectra of HC1, optical pumping, ionization studies for the mass spectrometer, Raman effect, electron spin resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance, electron microscope, Brillouin spectroscopy, the helium-neon laser, fiber optics, conventional and high Tc superconductivity, magnetoresistance, the Hall effect of semiconductors, the Mossbauer effect, and other atomic, molecular and solid state experiments. Nuclear and particle physics experiments include the study of radio-activity, neutron diffusion in a water bath, high resolution gamma ray spectroscopy with germanium detectors, and muon life time measurements.