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Abstract Title: The Advanced Laboratory at Swarthmore College
Abstract: The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Swarthmore College -- a liberal arts college with 1500 students -- has a faculty of nine and graduates fifteen majors per year, more than half of whom pursue graduate work in physics, astrophysics, engineering, or related disciplines.  The advanced laboratory program, which spans two semesters, combines the execution of several major experiments with instruction in electronics.  Students spend three weeks on each of their selected experiments followed by three weeks on basic electronics, and they write formal lab reports and receive feedback/revision (a college requirement).  In all, students complete four experiments and four sessions of electronics (basic analog, basic digital, computer I/O, and specialty measurements such as lockin-amplification).  The experiments are supervised by the five departmental experimentalists, each of whom is the caretaker for several experiments. The experiments include NMR, plasma physics, low temperature electrical transport, specific heats, ultrafast laser pulses, optical tweezers, nuclear lifetimes, liquid crystals, optical pumping, and Raman spectroscopy.
Abstract Type: Invited Presentation
Session: Session I - Plenary

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Carl H. Grossman
Swarthmore College