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Physics 480W Laboratory-Spring 2013

Experimental Modern Physics

Physics 480W

Primary Text: Experiments in Modern Physics, 2nd Ed., A.C. Melissinos and J. Napolitano, Academic Press, 2003.

Dr. Greg Severn

severn@sandiego.edu, X6845, ST285

Manuscript #3 drafts (those turned in!!!) reviews due midnight, May 5, Sunday night

"The life of a great scientist in his laboratory is not, as many may think, a peaceful idyll. More often, it is a bitter battle with things, with one's surroundings, and above all with oneself. A great discovery does not leap completely achieved from the brain of the scientist, as Minerva sprang, all panoplied, from the head of Jupiter; it is the fruit of accumulated preliminary work." -- Marie Curie


Guide to Course Policies, description of experiments, LaTeX stuff, and all that...

item description
class schedule meeting times and places
syllabus course intro. & class policies
Lab Notebooksnotes on keeping lab notebooks
Lab Handouts
pnmr lab handout pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance lab
op lab handout optical pumping in Rb lab
laser spectroscopy lab handout Hyperfine structure of Rb: laser spectroscopy experiments
plasma lab handout the Langmuir probe, plasma properties, and ion acoustic waves
Links to readings
nmr stuff readings and instrument manuals
optical pumping stuff readings and instrument manuals
laser spectroscopy stuff readings and instrument manuals
plasma physics readings and instrument manuals
LaTeX stuff software for typesetting mathematical prose
writing stuff information for authors (yes, you are an author)
graphicx stuff stuff for converting jpg's to eps files (the link LaTeX likes)
lecture stuff some of the notes from class
Physics 480W Undergraduate Journal of Physics for submissions

Calendar for experiments


Postings for Journal Submissions

Each student is required to submit a draft, a review, and a final manuscript before the given closing dates and times. Each student will be provided with a manuscript code and a referee code. These will be secret. The manuscripts will be posted here, and each referee will be required to download the paper and submit a review (using the .tex file `reviewersformb.tex', found on this site) in pdf format. The editor will then post the reviews. The author will then download the submitted reviews (those from the journal editor {you know who} and from the referee assigned to the manscript) and then revise and compose a final draft for the grade. Turning in the draft, the review, or the final draft after the closing date will result in a decrement of either the paper grade or from the score attending that vague and nebulous `course participation' thing. I reserve the right to do so as `The Journal Editor'; every one of whom has been a kind of tyrant, and I will not break the mold. So, it is in your interest to PLAY BY THE ROOLS. (Tyrants have traditionally had trouble spelling).

A NEW ROOL: Each final submission is to be accompanied by a cover letter stating your name as the author of the work, and listing the colleagues in your research group (with whom you had significant discussions about the execution of the experiment). The most important part of the cover letter is this, and I'll quote from the `information for contributors' from the Physics of Plasmas, the most important journal devoted to plasma physics research in the United States, and therefore a world standard,
Resubmission Process: The manuscript resubmission process proceeds through the same series of steps as the original submission. Previously submitted data will be copied forward and can be modified. Authors should submit a new cover letter and a point-by-point response to each referee [my italics]. The two may be the same, if you wish. A detailed response to the referees' comments is helpful to everyone and can significantly speed up the reviewing of your revised manuscript. As with new manuscripts, the submission of your revision is not complete until you have corrected any errors that are marked with a large red arrow and have pressed the button to complete the submission.
A `point-by-point response' to each reviewer will be almost impossible. Instead, itemize what you think were significant ones. Don't include every little `copy edit', but, as you are revising your texts this weekend, keep track of the significant changes and itemize them in a simple list. These items can be a simple and broad as, `reviewers asked for more background in the introduction: I added an indication of the connection between optical pumping and the LASER....', or, `all the sentence pathologies noted by the reviewers were considers and the each of those sentences were reworked'. Note that such a cover letter indicates that you have considered how to make changes in your manuscript. This is hugely important! Note also that drafts submitted that were significantly incomplete will submit, as a final submission, a draft which is only of `first draft quality'. So try to submit complete first drafts!
There is a letter environment in LATEX:
\documentclass{letter}
 \begin{document}
  ... letters ...
 \end{document}

Each letter is a letter environment, whose argument is the name and address of the recipient. For example, you might have
 \begin{letter}{Mr. J. Coffee  \\ Dept. of Physics
      \\ University of San Diego}
   ...
 \end{letter}

The letter itself begins with the \opening command, such as \opening{Dear Tyrant Journal Editor,}. Give it a try!

this part of the site under construction too: check back often!

Table 1: Posted drafts and reviews: paper # 3
Manuscript referees assignedposted reviews
# je, & 2nd reviewer je 2nd reviewer tje manuscript cmnts
1 G tje Review G returned in person
2 E returned in person Review E returned in person
3 D
4 F tje Review F
5 A tje Review A Reviewer F, manuscript cmnts.
6 C tje Review C Returned in person
7 B

Information for PHYS 480W authors


optical pumping readings


pulsed nmr readings


Laser Spectroscopy Readings


plasma physics readings


LaTeX readings


Graphicx stuff


some of the class notes




File translated from TEX by TTH, version 3.81.
Jan. 2013