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PHYS 4411 - Advanced Physics Laboratory
Course last offered 
Spring 2014/15
TONG Penger, NG Yee Fai
No. of credits

Teaching Pattern
  • Duration of course: about 13 weeks
  • Lcture hour(s) / laboratory hour(s) per week: 1 / 6
This is a laboratory course on advanced modern physics experiments. It emphasizes the acquisition of good laboratory techniques in four critical areas of experimental physics including the use of modern instrumentation, careful logging of experimental data, proper statistical analysis of data, and scientific writing and presentation of the experimental results. According to the level of difficulties, the experiments are divided into three groups:

Group 1:

  • Photoelectric effect
  • Frank-Hertz experiment
  • Field emission electron microscope (currently not available)
  • Electron spin resonance
  • Fourier synthesis and analysis of electronic signals
  • Computer interfacing and data acquisition
  • X-ray ionization, diffraction and emission
  • X-ray penetration and absorption spectrum
  • Image processing
  • Sonic band gap

Group 2:

  • Coaxial transmission line
  • Zeeman effect
  • Milikan's oil drop experiment
  • Fiber optics and applications
  • Holography
  • Lock-in detection of weak fluorescent signals
  • Magnetic moment of ferric ions
  • Alpha/Beta/Gamma spectroscopy
  • Chaos in a driven resonant circuit
  • Dynamic light scattering study of Brownian motion

Group 3:

  • Scanning tunneling microscope
  • Pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Superconductivity
  • X-ray diffraction of solid materials
  • Gamma spectroscopy and Compton scattering
  • Hall effect
  • Photolithography and device fabrication
  • Optical pumping
  • LabVIEW interface in the Franck-Hertz experiment
  • Imaging of a falling sphere
  • Thermal conductivity of solids at low temperature
  • Prerequisite: (PHYS 3033 or PHYS 3036 or PHYS 3037) and PHYS 3411