Meets Tuesday,Thursday 14:00-16:50 Physics Room 5, 116

Instructor: Prof. Keith Lidke

Room 1140, Physics and Astronomy
phone: (505)277-0302

Teaching Assistant: Chih-Feng Wang


You must accomplish 4 out of these 5 laboratories. Labs 1 and 2 are mandatory.

LAB 1: Mechanical Practices in Experimental Sciences

LAB 2: Experiments in Nuclear Physics

LAB 3: Speed Measurement by Optical Technique

LAB 5: Holographic Interferometry

LAB 6: Double Slit Diffraction of Single Photons

Technical Notes

Homework Assignments and Lab Reports

Updated Guide for 493L Lab Reports: Guide for Lab Reports.pdf

Lab report #1 is due February 21. The lab reports are limited to 4 pages. Here is an example report from a previous class. For the first report only, I will allow a re-submission after receiving my original review and grade.

Homework #1 is due March 8. HW1.pdf

Lab report #2 is due March 20. The lab reports are limited to 4 pages. Due date Extended to March 22

Homework #2 is due April 10. HW2.pdf Data: HW2data.mat

Lab report #3 is due April 17. The lab reports are limited to 4 pages.

Lab report #4 is due May 1. The lab reports are limited to 4 pages.

Lab report #5 is due May 10. The lab reports are limited to 4 pages.

Shop Drawing is due May 10. Make a three view othographic projection that could be used to machine this object: SHOP CLASS DRAWING EXERCISE.pdf. An example for a simpler object is given here: SHOP CLASS DRAWING EXAMPLE.pdf.

Homework #3: Due by the end of the semester. Add a feature to our labjack GUI. You must make and compile a matlab mex file that communicates with the LabJack U3 and performs some unique function. The task must be initiated from our LabJack GUI.


The safety document that students must sign before working in the lab.
Laser Safety


Grades will be assigned based on the following:

Notebooks and performance (20%)

You must keep a detailed lab notebook, independent of your lab partner. You will also be graded on your methodology, knowledge of the equipment and problem solving skills as demonstrated in the lab.

Lab reports (50%)

You are required to submit a lab report for labs 2,3 and 4. These reports are due two weeks after the completion of the laboratory portion in class.Please read and follow the Guide for Lab Reports.pdf
for lab reports. Lab reports must be typed with figures included in the report as for submission to a professional journal. If necessary, hand drawings may be scanned and included.

Final oral presentation (20%)

During the last week of class, each student will present one of his/her written labs as a talk to the class.

Homework (10%)

A few exercises in statistical analysis and parameter estimation will be given throughout the semester.

Reference Material

MATLAB Examples

UNM Matlab Download/Install
guideExample.m guideExample.fig



NI-VISA National Instruments Virtual Instrument Software Architecture. NI-VISA includes the NI Measurement and Automation Explorer. " " "

Spectrum Techniques "

Fundamental Physical Constants from NIST

The NIST Reference on Constants, Units, and Uncertainty

Periodic Table of the Elements

Table of Isotopes

TEK Application notes for oscilloscopes


Physcial Reference Data (NIST) Wolfram integrals 

Physical Review

LANL preprint archive collection of software including matlab

GNU freeware statistics tools for matlab

LBNL Isotopes Data

The Art of Scientific Presentation

Dazzle 'em with Style: The Art of Oral Scientific Presentation

IGERT Seminar Evaluation Summary