Physics 335:  Advanced Experimental Physics Projects

        Instructor: H. J. Frisch;    HEP320;    702-7479


1. Course Description

P335 is a year-long course in which the intent is that you will learn many of the essential aspects of making meaningful experimental measurements, possibly including developing a keen sense of how to realize theoretical predictions into hardware; the mundane but difficult dealing with vendors, technical staff, and university bureaucracy; various experimental techniques; how to design and build equipment; the art of taking data, analyzing data, and presenting data; and extracting and presenting results, among others. This is done by working with a faculty member on a topic related to their current research. It is an alternative to P334, the quarter-long course that uses classic experiments to give you a more focused experience with technique and data. (I am happy to recommend P334 if you are unsure about the time commitment of P335)

2. Picking a Good Project

The Department description includes the following text:
Physics 335: In order to carry out an Advanced Experimental Physics Project, the student must find a faculty sponsor who agrees to supervise the work. The project must introduce the student to several aspects of an experiment: building the equipment, data taking, data analysis, and presentation. It is not necessary that the project involve the student with all of the above aspects, but it is essential that the student get some "hands-on" experience with apparatus and that some analysis be performed of the data taken with the equipment.
Useful criteria are:

3. Texts:

I recommend getting familiar with the web site Alibris and also the Seminary Coop (5751 S. Ellis Ave) as sources for buying books- also you should get to know the Crerar library (!).

4. How to get a project

5. List of Students Currently Doing Projects

The list of students and their projects is on this web page: Students Currently Doing Projects: Titles and Advisors

6. Schedule

Three quarters is very short to accomplish anything meaningful experimentally. Consequently we have to chose well, start early, and go fast. I will try to have frequent check points (e.g. talks, draft submissions, etc.) so that you don't fall behind. If you are falling behind, please come see me early, so that you don't end up in a crunch. The schedule for the whole year is very much a work in progress at present. The present draft schedule is linked here: P335 Schedule

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