Experimental Physics: Principles and Practice for the Laboratory, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Experimental Physics

Principles and Practice for the Laboratory, 1st Edition

Edited by Walter F. Smith

CRC Press

456 pages | 300 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781498778473
pub: 2020-04-13
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This textbook provides the knowledge and skills needed for thorough understanding of the most important methods and ways of thinking in experimental physics. The reader learns to design, assemble, and debug apparatus, to use it to take meaningful data, and to think carefully about the story told by the data.

Key Features:

  • Efficiently helps students grow into independent experimentalists through a combination of structured yet thought-provoking and challenging exercises, student-designed experiments, and guided but open-ended exploration.
  • Provides solid coverage of fundamental background information, explained clearly for undergraduates, such as ground loops, optical alignment techniques, scientific communication, and data acquisition using LabVIEW, Python, or Arduino.
  • Features carefully designed lab experiences to teach fundamentals, including analog electronics and low noise measurements, digital electronics, microcontrollers, FPGAs, computer interfacing, optics, vacuum techniques, and particle detection methods.
  • Offers a broad range of advanced experiments for each major area of physics, from condensed matter to particle physics. Also provides clear guidance for student development of projects not included here.
  • Provides a detailed Instructor’s Manual for every lab, so that the instructor can confidently teach labs outside their own research area.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.Introduction

Chapter 2. Planning and Carrying Out Experiments

Chapter 3. Presenting your results

Chapter 4. Uncertainty and Statistics

Chapter 5. Scientific Ethics

Chapter 6. Analog Electronics

Chapter 7. Fundamentals of Interfacing Experiments with Computers

Chapter 8. Digital Electronics

Chapter 9. Data Acquisition and experiment Control with Python

Chapter 10. Basic Optics Techniques and Hardware

Chapter 11. Laser Beams, Polorization and Interference

Chapter 12. Vacuum

Chapter 13. Particle Detection

Chapter 14. Development and Supervision of Independant Projects

Chapter 15. Condensed Matter Physics

Chapter 16. Biophysics

Chapter 17. Non-linear, granular and Fluid Physics

Chapter 18. Atomic and Molecular Physics

Chapter19. Photonics and Fiber Optics

Chapter 20. Experiments with Entangled Photons

Chapter 21. Particle and Nucelar Physics

About the Editor

Walter F. Smith is the Paul and Sally Bolgiano Professor of Physics at Haverford College, where he has taught the advanced lab course more than twenty times. He earned his PhD from Harvard University. He is co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed research articles, six of which specifically focus on new experimental apparati or techniques, and maintains an active research group centered on the photoelectronic properties of organic nanowires. He is author of the textbook "Waves and Oscillations: A Prelude to Quantum Mechanics".

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Physics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General