Advanced Lab (PHY311) in Spring 2019

This coming spring (2019), the “Advanced Lab” course will be offered.  This will be the second time I have taught the course, the last time being 2015.  This course stresses professional experimental skills, such as:

  • Maintaining a lab notebook
  • Rigorous error propagation and uncertainty analysis
  • Non-linear fitting with Minuit (via a Python interface)
  • Utilization of equipment documentation and independently performing lab with minimal supervision/guidance
  • Creating lab reports in the style of publications using LaTeX
  • Peer review publication
  • Reading primary literature
  • Designing experimental investigations

Labs include nuclear spectroscopy, superconductivity, measuring the universal gravitation constant, microwave scattering, measuring the index of refraction of air, and others!  I hope to have a new experiment involving cosmic ray muons available this year.  Students choose the majority of the labs they do, and design their final lab.

This is one of our “Advanced” courses (along with PHY361 and PHY371) that require Modern Physics (PHY210) as a pre-requisite.