There are two sections in the class, and there are five standard tracks in each section. Special design-and-build tracks are sometimes offered, and if you come to us with an idea for a project, we can usually set up a track for you to do that as well. Class times and locations are

OM: | 210 East Bridge | 3:00pm-4:00pm Monday, Apr. 3 only |

Thursday Section: | 210 East Bridge | 10:00am-4:00pm |

Friday Section: | 210 East Bridge | 10:00am-4:00pm |

Prelabs | 33% |

Notebooks | 67% |

For labs without prelab exercises, 100% of the grade is determined by the notebook.

For most of the labs, there is no post-lab analysis. Your writeup is your lab notebook, and you should analyze your data as you do the lab. All entries should be in ink, with any mistakes crossed out by a single line. Neatness counts! Use graphics, printouts, and screenshots liberally. For more details, see

Due Date |
Electronics-A |
Electronics-B |
Atomic-A |
Atomic-B |
Optics-A |
Optics-B |

Apr. 6-7 | Oscilloscope Parts 1 and 2 | Oscilloscope Parts 1 and 2 | Exp. 5-Prelab I | Exp. 8-Prelab I | Exp. 61-Prelab | Exp. 71-Prelab |

Apr. 13-14 | FFT | DAQ | Exp. 5-Notebook I, Prelab II | Exp. 8-Notebook I, Prelab II | Exp. 61-Notebook | Exp. 71-Notebook |

Apr. 20-21 | Filtering and transfer functions | Lock-In I | Exp. 5-Notebook II | Exp. 62-Prelab | Exp. 72-Prelab | |

Apr. 27-28 | Feedback control | Lock-In II | Exp. 7-Prelab and Notebook | Exp. 8-Notebook II | Exp. 62-Notebook | Exp. 72-Notebook |

May 4-5 | Midterms: Lab Closed | Midterms: Lab Closed | Midterms: Lab Closed | Midterms: Lab Closed | Midterms: Lab Closed | Midterms: Lab Closed |

May 11-12 | DAQ | Transmission lines | Exp. 8-Prelab I | Exp. 7-Prelab and Notebook | Exp. 71-Prelab | Exp. 61-Prelab |

May 18-19 | Lock-In I | FFT | Exp. 8-Notebook I, Prelab II | Exp. 5-Prelab I | Exp. 71-Notebook | Exp. 61-Notebook |

May 25-26 | Lock-In II | Filtering and transfer functions | Exp. 5-Notebook I, Prelab II | Exp. 72-Prelab | Exp. 62-Prelab | |

Jun. 1-2 | Transmission lines | Feedback control | Exp. 8-Notebook II | Exp. 5-Notebook II | Exp. 72-Notebook | Exp. 62-Notebook |

- Experiment 5 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
- Experiment 7 - Hanle Effect
- Experiment 8 - Optical Pumping

- Diode Laser Characteristics
- Experiment 61 - Saturated Absorption Spectroscopy
- Experiment 62 - Resonant Absorption and Refraction
- Experiment 71 - Fabry-Perot Cavities
- Experiment 72 - The Pound-Drever Method

- Instructor: Eric Black, 261 W. Bridge, x3858 ( blacke@its.caltech.edu )
- Professor: Kenneth G. Libbrecht, 263 W. Bridge, x3722 ( kgl@caltech.edu )
- T.A.'s:
- Atomic: Joe Iverson ( jkiverson@msn.com )
- Advanced Electronics: Chun-Jun (Charles) Cao ( ccao2@caltech.edu )
- Optics: Evgeny (Jenia) Mozgunov ( emozguno@caltech.edu )

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Last updated March 15, 2017.