Welcome to the APPH E4018 Applied Physics Laboratory class information site.
APPH E4018y Applied Physics Laboratory 2 pts. Prerequisite: ELEN E3401 Electromagnetics or the equivalent. Typical experiments are in the areas of plasma physics, microwaves, laser applications, optical spectroscopy physics, and superconductivity.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to laboratory research in applied physics. Students plan and carry out experiments, analyze results, and prepare "journal-like" laboratory reports. Each report is expected to be clear, concise and quantitative.
Students work in teams of two or three, and perform four three-week research projects. Data and analysis can be developed and shared by all members of a research team, but each student must organize and write their lab reports independently.
The course is designed for fourth year undergraduate majors in Applied Physics and all first-year graduate students who plan to be involved with laboratory applied physics research. Students should have at least some understanding of electromagnetics, electronics, optics, and solid state physics. All applied physics undergraduate majors and graduate students should be well-prepared. If you are at all concerned about your level of preparation, come see me.
|Textbooks are not required for this course. Two helpful texts are listed below, but they are entirely optional.
Lobban and Schefter, Successful Lab Reports (A Manual for Science Students), is a helpful reference for preparing your lab report.
Dunlap, Experimental Physics (Modern Methods), is a classical text on laboratory techniques, including a good introduction to vacuum physics and technology.
Both are still available on Amazon.com.
Your final grade will be determined entirely by the quality of your four laboratory reports.
Generally, ≥ 90% is an A, ≥ 80% B, and ≥ 70% C. Your worst lab counts 16%, then 24%, 30%, and 30%.
Lab Report Outline:
Each lab report should have the structure of a published journal article in the applied sciences.
DESCRIPTION and SKETCH OF EQUIPMENT:
PROCEDURE and PURPOSE:
PREPARATION of DATA:
This Web Site is a basic resource for APPH 4018. Whenever possible notes will be available for download in Adobe PDF formats.
A list of experiments are presented below. You and your lab partner need to select four of these three-week experiments and schedule them during available periods. The laboratory hours begin at 9:30 AM each day. Experiments usually require between 2 and 3 hours to complete.
Lab Session Schedule
Jim Andrello <firstname.lastname@example.org> is a research engineer from our HBT-EP Tokamak group who is maintaining our lab equipment, preparing the materials for each experiment before you arrive for your sessions, and supervises lab safety at all times. Jim is available for help and assistance, but always obey his instructions!
We are also lucky to have Bryan DeBono, an senior graduate student working with the HBT-EP Tokamak Research Group as our T.A. this year. Bryan will be available during some of our lab sessions, and he'll be a resource to help you prepare you lab reports. Please arrange contact vis email: Bryan Debono <email@example.com>.