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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 433 - Experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

Students in the course will learn and apply some of the conceptual principles and fundamental laboratory techniques of atomic, molecular, and optical physics. May be repeated up to 6 credits. Course will be offered on even numbered years (Spring).

Prerequisites: PHYS 318 and PHYS 333, or permission of instructor.

Credits: (3)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Design, set up, and evaluate an accurately aligned multi- component optical system
  • Interpret the results of a modulation spectroscopy measurement
  • Set up and test the frequency locking of an external cavity diode laser
  • Set up, operate, and evaluate the performance of a magneto-optical trap
  • Measure the properties of a sub- micron scale object using an optical trap (optical tweezers)
  • Test the predictions of quantum mechanics using a CHSH formulation
  • Formulate a high temperature superconductor and perform and interpret measurements of the sample
  • Evaluate material properties using positron annihilation spectroscopy
  • Measure and interpret physical properties using an NMR apparatus

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