PHYS 334 Lab Wiki Home (Spring 2024)

Getting started...

Here are the nuts & bolts for how the course will run.

  • Course calendar (Spring 2024): here
  • In-lab activities run W/Th/F from 1:30-5:30 pm in KPTC 005/009
  • Presentations are held in KPTC 105 starting at 1:30 pm.
  • All report deadlines are by 11:59 pm on the listed due date
  • The most important information about how the course runs is located here: Course Operations and Guidelines.

Experiment Assignments

Gamma Cross Sections Experiment

Everyone will do the Gamma Cross Sections experiment as a warm-up during Week 1. Students will work individually in the lab.

  • Days in lab: Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22
  • Report: due Thursday, March 28 @ 11:59 pm.


Students will work in pairs on a larger project for the rest of the quarter.

  • Part 1 will run Wednesday through Friday in Weeks 3-4
    • Mid-Project Presentation: Thursday, April 18 @ 1:30 pm in KPTC 105
    • Mid-Project Report: Thursday, April 18 @ 11:59 pm
  • Part 2 will run Wednesday through Friday in Weeks 6-8
    • Final Presentation : Friday, May 17 @ 1:30 pm (room TBD)
    • Final Report: Tuesday, May 21 @ 11:59 pm

Project Assignments

Experiment Students
Optical Pumping Rossoneri
Pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Shiheng & Sihan
Compton Scattering Joseph & Hanwen

Essential Course Reading

The pages below are considered essential reading for students in PHYS 334. You should look over and understand everything in these pages on Day 1 of the course. Refer to them whenever you have any questions about how the course operates or what is expected for your work.


Proper data analysis is a must for this course. You are free to use whatever software you are comfortable with, but the resources below provide some specific information for those who are just starting out or who need a refresher. Below are several information pages and full tutorials:

Also, you may find it useful to typeset your reports professionally in LaTeX. If you aren't familiar with LaTeX, we link below to an assignment used in PHYS 211 that is used to get students up and running very quickly.

Supplemental Material

We have developed many pages of supplemental material that can serve as references as you work in the lab or write your reports.

 A floorplan of the basement lab space