Advanced Physics Laboratory (PHYS*4500)
Code and section: PHYS*4500*01
Term: Fall 2019
Instructor: Christian Schultz-Nielsen
This is a modular course for students in any physics-related major in which techniques of nuclear, solid state and molecular physics will be studied.
Restrictions: This is a Priority Access Course. Enrolment may be restricted to particular programs, specializations or semester levels during certain periods. Please see the departmental website for more information.
This course allows students to perform important experiments that illustrate topics discussed in third- and fourth-year physics courses. The students will obtain experience using modern laboratory instruments and practice methods of data acquisition and analysis. The student will master the scientific communication skills and ability to search the scientific literature skills developed in PHYS*3510.
As discussed in the University of Guelph Undergraduate Calendar, a 0.50 credit course carries an expectation of 10-12 student-effort hours per week, including time allocated to lectures, labs, and tutorials. Students enrolled in PHYS*4500 should ensure that they allocate hours to this course every week, as the workload is significant and can become overwhelming if left to the last minute.
There are no lectures associated with PHYS*4500.
Mondays and Wednesdays 14:30 - 17:20 in MacNaughton 417.
See the semester schedule below for more details – there will not be laboratories every week.
There is no final exam associated with PHYS*4500.
Instructional Support Team
Instructor: Christian Schultz-Nielsen
Telephone: +1-519-824-4120 x56618
Office: MacNaughton 413
Lab Technician: David Urbshas
Telephone: +1-519-824-4120 x53995
Office: MacNaughton 104
Office: MacNaughton 401
- A.C. Melissinos and J. Napolitano, Experiments in Modern Physics (2nd Edition), Academic Press, 2003. (University of Guelph Library Call #: QC33.M52 2003) (Textbook)
- J.R. Taylor, An Introduction to Error Analysis: The Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements (2nd Edition), University Science Books, 1997. (University of Guelph Library Call #: QC39.T4 1997 (Textbook)
- D.W. Preston and E.R. Dietz, The Art of Experimental Physics, Wiley & Sons, 1991. (University of Guelph Library Call #: QC33.P74 1991) (Textbook)
Teaching and Learning Activities
|Week||Course Activities||Assessments Due|
|1 (Sep 09 - Sep 13)||Experiment #1||N/A|
|2 (Sep 16 - Sep 20)||Lab Notebook #1 (Wed Sep 18 at 16:30)|
|3 (Sep 23 - Sep 27)||Experiment #2||N/A|
|4 (Sep 30 - Oct 04)||Lab Notebook #2 (Wed Oct 02 at 16:30)|
|5 (Oct 07 - Oct 11)||Experiment #3||N/A|
|6 (Oct 14 - Oct 18)||
|7 (Oct 21 - Oct 25)||Lab Notebook #3 (Wed Oct 23 at 16:30)|
|8 (Oct 28 - Nov 01)||Experiment #4||N/A|
|9 (Nov 04 - Nov 08)||Lab Notebook #4 (Wed Nov 06 at 16:30)|
|10 (Nov 11 - Nov 15)||Experiment #5||N/A|
|11 (Nov 18 - Nov 22)||Lab Notebook #5 (Wed Nov 20 at 16:30)|
|12 (Nov 25 - Nov 29)||N/A|
- Electron spin resonance
- Millikan oil drop experiment
- Gamma-ray spectroscopy using a NaI(Tl) detector*
- The speed of photons: Galileo's technique modernized
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
- Noise fundamentals
Waves and Optics
- The velocity of sound: the Debye-Sears experiment
- The transmission line
- Fourier optics*
- Physics of ultrasound
Final Grade Breakdown
|Lab Notebook (equal weighting for each of the 5 experiments)||40%|
|Formal Lab - Science Paper (2 experiments, equally weighted)||35%|
|Formal Lab - Poster First Draft||2.5%|
|Formal Lab - Poster Presentation||7.5%|
|Group Project (Oral Presentation)||10%|
Materials & Methods (8 marks total)
- briefly describe what was done as it is done – you should be able to reproduce the procedure from the notebook without the lab outline!
- logging experimental conditions
- data recording
- dates, run times, file names, etc.
Results & Analysis (10 marks total)
- raw data (where applicable) and quality of that data
- graphs and brief discussions of the data
- questions asked in the lab outline, including derivations
Clarity (2 marks total)
- notebook should be legible
- anybody should be able to navigate through your lab notebook
Formal Lab - Science Paper
Formal Lab - Poster (First Draft)
Formal Lab - Poster (Presentation)
Group Project (Oral Presentation)
- optical tweezers (Nobel Prize - 2018) OR laser cooling and trapping of atoms (Nobel Prize - 1996)
- gravitational wave observatories (Nobel Prize - 2017)
- neutrino observatories (Nobel Prize - 2002 and Nobel Prize - 2015)
- invention of blue light-emitting diodes (Nobel Prize - 2014) (tricky theory)
- CERN Large Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson (Nobel Prize - 2013) (VERY difficult theory - attempt at your own peril!)
- quantum particle tracking/quantum computing (Nobel Prize - 2012) (tricky theory)
- discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe (Nobel Prize - 2011)
- experiments with graphene; can include more recent work on silicene (Nobel Prize - 2010)
- invention of the CCD sensor (Nobel Prize - 2009)
- giant magnetoresistance (Nobel Prize - 2007) (very difficult theory - attempt at your own peril!)
- discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation (Nobel Prize - 2006)
- laser-based precision spectroscopy (Nobel Prize - 2005) OR ultra-short optical pulses (Nobel Prize - 2018)
- achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation (Nobel Prize - 2001)
Course Participation & Performance
Department of Physics Laboratory Safety Policy
- γ -radiation and x-ray sources
- intense light, including laser light and strobe lights
- voltages and currents that can be harmful if proper precautions are not taken
- compressed gases
- cryogenic liquids: liquid nitrogen and liquid helium
Food and Drink in the Laboratory
After-Hours Access to the Laboratory
As per university regulations, all students are required to check their e-mail account regularly: e-mail is the official route of communication between the University and its students.
When You Cannot Meet a Course Requirement
When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement because of illness or compassionate reasons please advise the course instructor (or designated person, such as a teaching assistant) in writing, with your name, id#, and e-mail contact. The grounds for Academic Consideration are detailed in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Students will have until the last day of classes to drop courses without academic penalty. The deadline to drop two-semester courses will be the last day of classes in the second semester. This applies to all students (undergraduate, graduate and diploma) except for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Diploma in Veterinary Technology (conventional and alternative delivery) students. The regulations and procedures for course registration are available in their respective Academic Calendars.
Copies of Out-of-class Assignments
Keep paper and/or other reliable back-up copies of all out-of-class assignments: you may be asked to resubmit work at any time.
The University promotes the full participation of students who experience disabilities in their academic programs. To that end, the provision of academic accommodation is a shared responsibility between the University and the student.
When accommodations are needed, the student is required to first register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Documentation to substantiate the existence of a disability is required; however, interim accommodations may be possible while that process is underway.
Accommodations are available for both permanent and temporary disabilities. It should be noted that common illnesses such as a cold or the flu do not constitute a disability.
Use of the SAS Exam Centre requires students to book their exams at least 7 days in advance and not later than the 40th Class Day.
For Guelph students, information can be found on the SAS website.
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Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor.
Recording of Materials
Presentations that are made in relation to course work - including lectures - cannot be recorded or copied without the permission of the presenter, whether the instructor, a student, or guest lecturer. Material recorded with permission is restricted to use for that course unless further permission is granted.
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Please note: This is a preliminary web course description. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. An official course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester and/or posted on Courselink.