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||Caltech’s Undergraduate Advanced Laboratory Program
||The California Institute of Technology is a private research university specializing in science and engineering. The undergraduate student body consists of about 900 students, and each year some 30 or 40 graduate with a degree in physics. Most of these students will go on to do research in some capacity, either as graduate students at other universities or employees in technology-based startup companies. Physics students are required either to do a senior thesis or to take two quarters of senior lab, with most taking the latter option. The senior lab course provides an introduction to several advanced experimental techniques and is divided up into sections specializing in atomic physics, modern optics, and condensed-matter physics. In this talk I will describe the mechanics and philosophy behind these sections, with a special focus on the condensed-matter track, and I will talk about how the course is intended to integrate into the broader physics community, both inside and outside the university.
||Session I - Plenary
Eric D. Black
California Institute of Technology