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Course Description

Experiments in optics, quantum physics and atomic physics. 3 lab., 1 conf. hr./wk. 2 cr.


Achievements in the course will be assessed according to the following breakdown.

There will be 4-5 main experiments to be done during the semester. Each will require a written report to be submitted electronically.

There will be 3-4 smaller homework style assignments that will focus on data analysis.

These will be assessed using the following criteria:

Your reports will to be typed in a professional, university level academic style using the provided Latex Template. Data tables and any scripts will be included as appropriate.

Academic Integrity

The university has a published policy on academic integrity that may be found at: Ignorance of this policy is no excuse. A student who cheats or plagiarizes may incur academic and disciplinary penalties, including failing grades, suspensions, or expulsion.

Policies specific for this course and some clarifications regarding what constitutes unacceptable academic dishonesty: Copying complete code from the internet or another source and submitting it as your own. Obviously, when writing a program, there will be times when copying and pasting a few lines from an example documentation will be the best course of action. The point is, if you submit something as yours, it better be mostly yours. That means you understand every line of it and can explain what each line does.

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend every class session of each course in which they are enrolled and to be on time. The professor has the right to drop the student from the course for excessive absences. For this course, two weeks of unexcused absences will constitute an excess of absences. When a student is dropped from the course due to excessive absences, the Registrar will enter the grade of WU.


To stay within the guidelines of FERPA, we will only reply to your official ccny or cuny mail. Please do not use your yahoo or gmail or other personal accounts to communicate regarding course activities. Also, be professional in your communications. Include your name, course number, and EMPLID if you expect administrative actions to be needed.

Disability Statement

In compliance with CCNY policy and equal access laws, appropriate academic accommodations are offered by the AccessAbility Center. Students who are registered with the AccessAbility office and are entitled to specific accommodations must arrange to have the Office notify the Professor in writing of their status at the beginning of the semester. If specific accommodations are required for a test, students must present the instructor with a form from the Accessibility Office at least one week prior to the test date in order to receive their accommodations.

Course Objectives:

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

  1. Students should become familiar with the fundamental experiments in modern physics.
  2. Students should be able to reproduce highly sophisticated landmark experiments in physical optics and atomic and nuclear physics.
  3. Students are expected to master experimental data processing and error analysis.
  4. Students should be able to summarize and present their experimental work in a form of a detailed written report, following a standard format for technical/scientific writing.
  5. Understand the basics of experimental construction and design.

Topics Covered

  1. Physical Optics
  2. Atomic Physics
  3. Electron Diffraction
  4. Nuclear Physics

Relationship of course to program outcomes:

The outcomes of this course contribute to the following departmental learning outcomes: