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Modern Physics Laboratory establishment help

  1. Sep 22, 2011 #1
    Hi all
    First of all, I don't know whether this is the right sub-forum to post at, so forgive me if it is not.

    I have recently been asked to establish a modern physics lab for university students at sophomore level, so what experiments do you suggest to found the lab.

    I've included the following experiments:
    -measuring the Blank's Constant
    -measuring e/m ratio for electron

    so what else do you suggest to include

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    Photoelectric effect.
    Millikan oil drop experiment.
    Electron diffraction.
    Hydrogen spectrum and Rydberg's constant, using a good-quality prism or grating spectrometer.

    Perhaps a few simple experiments with a Michelson interferometer, although you won't be able to do the Michelson-Morley experiment with one that can fit on a student lab table; this is probably better as part of an optics course if you have one.
  4. Sep 23, 2011 #3

    Dr Transport

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  5. Sep 27, 2011 #4

    Andy Resnick

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    It's hard to offer advice without any information- for example, how many students are projected to be enrolled? What sort of infrastructure/lab equipment do you already have, and what is your budget for new equipment and supplies? What is the balance between computational and experimental lab work?

    etc. etc.
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    I'm curious whether undergraduate labs are able to routinely get the right value from their Millikan experiments?
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    When I was in modern lab, I also did an experiment on x-ray diffraction, and measuring crystal lattice constants along with an experiment on measuring the decay rate of some radiation sources.
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