There are two sections in the class, and there are five standard tracks in each section. Special design-and-build tracks are sometimes offered, and if you come to us with an idea for a project, we can usually set up a track for you to do that as well. Class times and locations are

Thursday Section: | 210 East Bridge | 10:00am-4:00pm |

Friday Section: | 210 East Bridge | 10:00am-4:00pm |

Prelabs | 33% |

Notebooks | 67% |

For labs without prelab exercises, 100% of the grade is determined by the notebook.

For most of the labs, there is no post-lab analysis. Your writeup is your lab notebook, and you should analyze your data as you do the lab. All entries should be in ink, with any mistakes crossed out by a single line. Neatness counts! Use graphics, printouts, and screenshots liberally. For more details, see

Due Date |
Condensed Matter |
Atomic-A |
Atomic-B |
Optics-A |
Optics-B |
Advanced Electronics |

Oct. 2, 3 | Exp. 2-Prelab | Exp. 5-Prelab I | Exp. 8-Prelab I | Exp. 61-Prelab | Exp. 71-Prelab | Oscilloscope |

Oct. 9, 10 | Exp. 5-Notebook I, Prelab II | Exp. 8-Notebook I, Prelab II | Exp. 61-Notebook | Exp. 71-Notebook | FFT | |

Oct. 16, 17 | Exp. 2-Notebook | Exp. 5-Notebook II | Exp. 62-Prelab | Exp. 72-Prelab | Filtering and transfer functions | |

Oct. 23, 24 | Exp. 3-Prelab | Exp. 7-Prelab and Notebook | Exp. 8-Notebook II | Exp. 62-Notebook | Exp. 72-Notebook | Feedback control |

Oct. 30, 31 | ||||||

Nov. 6, 7 | Exp. 3-Notebook, Exp. 20-Prelab I | Exp. 8-Prelab I | Exp. 7-Prelab and Notebook | Exp. 71-Prelab | Exp. 61-Prelab | DAQ I |

Nov. 13, 14 | Exp. 20-Prelab II (Opt.), Prelab III | Exp. 8-Notebook I, Prelab II | Exp. 5-Prelab I | Exp. 71-Notebook | Exp. 61-Notebook | DAQ II |

Nov. 20, 21 | Exp. 20-Prelab IV | Exp. 5-Notebook I, Prelab II | Exp. 72-Prelab | Exp. 62-Prelab | Lock-In | |

Nov. 27, 28 | ||||||

Dec. 4, 5 | Exp. 20-Notebook | Exp. 8-Notebook II | Exp. 5-Notebook II | Exp. 72-Notebook | Exp. 62-Notebook | Transmission lines |

- Experiment 2 - Low-Noise Signal Detection
- Experiment 3 - Vacuum Techniques and Thin Film Growth
- Experiment 20 - Weak Localization in Thin Films
- Experiment 21 - Superconductivity
- Experiment 22 - The Quantum Hall Effect

- Experiment 5 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
- Experiment 7 - Hanle Effect
- Experiment 8 - Optical Pumping

- Diode Laser Characteristics
- Experiment 61 - Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy
- Experiment 62 - Resonant Absorption and Refraction
- Experiment 71 - Fabry-Perot Cavities
- Experiment 72 - The Pound-Drever Method

- Instructor: Eric Black, 261 W. Bridge, x3858 ( blacke@its.caltech.edu )
- Professor: Kenneth G. Libbrecht, 263 W. Bridge, x3722 ( kgl@caltech.edu )
- T.A.'s:
- Atomic Track: Joe Iverson ( jkiverson@msn.com )
- Optics Track: Caryn Bullard ( cbullard@caltech.edu )
- Condensed-matter Track: Sungbong Chun ( winnety9@caltech.edu )
- Advanced-electronics track: Eric Black ( blacke@its.caltech.edu )

- Where's my TA?

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Last updated September 22, 2014.