Bryn Mawr College, Department of Physics
Physics 331:  Advanced Experimental Physics, Spring 2013
Instructor:  James Battat, Park Science Center - Room 345, Phone:  x7846, e-mail:

Physics 331 Lab resource page (lab writeups, references, manuals)



Journal Club

Friday, March 1:  James Battat 
   Cosmic Ray Radiography of the Damaged Cores of the Fukushima Reactors (paper and press release)
   K. Borozdin, Z. L. Greene, E. Milner et al. Phys. Rev. Lett. 190 152501 (2012).

   See also:  
      L. Alvarez et al. Search for Hidden Chambers in the Pyramids, Science, 167, p832, 1970. PDF
      K. Nagamine et al. Method of probing inner-structure of geophysical substance with muons ... NIMA, 356, p.585 1995.  PDF
      Schulz et al. Image reconstruction and material Z discrimination via cosmic ray muon radiography, NIMA, 519, p.687 2004.  PDF
      Borozdin et al. Radiographic Imaging with Cosmic-Ray Muons, Nature, 422, 6929, p. 277 2003.  PDF
Friday, March 8:  Orsola Capovilla-Searle
   Observation of Star-Shaped Surface Gravity Waves (paper and press release)
   Jean Rajchenbach, Didier Clamond, and Alphonse Leroux, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 094502 (2013).
Friday, March 22:  Wenqi Duan
   Water Dimer Rotationally Resolved Millimeter-Wave Spectrum Observation at Room Temperature (Paper and press release)
   M. Yu. Tretyakov, et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 093001 (2013).
Friday, March 29:  Bingqing Li
   Cutting Ice: Nanowire Regelation (Paper and press release)
   Teemu Hynninen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 086102 (2010).
   Supplemental videos:
Monday, April 1:  Danqi Luo
   Let the Needles Do the Talking! Evaluating the New Haven Needle Exchange (Paper and press release)
   Edward Kaplan and Elaine O'Keefe, Interfaces 23(1): 7-26, 1993.
   Visualizations of models in the paper: 
Friday, April 5:  Maggie Xiao
   Walking with coffee: Why does it spill? (Paper and press release)
   H. C. Mayer and R. Krechetnikov, Phys. Rev. E 85, 046117 (2012)
Friday, April 12:  Xilei Kuang
   Delayed Capillary Breakup of Falling Viscous Jets (Paper and press release)
   A. Javadi et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 144501 (2013)
Friday, April 19:  Elisa Yang
   Fluid-Induced Orbital Motion in Zero Gravity (Paper and press release)
   H. A. Pacheco-Martinez et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 110, 154501 (2013)
   Supplemental material PDF  Video1 (Initial_flow.avi)
Monday, April 29: Alisha Pandit
   Angiogenesis induced by CNS inflammation promotes neuronal remodeling through vessel-derived prostacyclin (Paper and press release)
   R. Muramatsu et al., Nature Medicine, 18, 11, 1658 (November 2012)


F 1/25  
M 1/28  
F 2/1 HW #1 due (solution) 
M 2/4  HC Astro talk on Tuesday 2/5
F 2/8 HW #2 due (solutions) 
M 2/11 HC astro talk
BMC Colloq Kathleen Stebe (UPenn)
HC astro talk on Thursday 2/14
F 2/15HW #3 due (solutions) 
M 2/18Summary of colloquium #1 dueHC astro talk on Tuesday
F 2/22HW #4 due (solutions)
Writing Center conference due
M 2/25Paper #1, Draft #1 dueHC astro talk
F 3/1 HW #5 dueJC#1 (James)
M 3/4 Paper #1, draft #2 due Wednesday 3/6in-class peer-review
BMC Colloq Debbie Santamore, Temple
F 3/8 HW #6 dueJC #2 (Orsola)
M 3/18Summary of Colloq #2 due 
F 3/22 JC #3 (Wenqi)
M 3/25  
F 3/29Paper #1 Final version dueJC #4 (Bingqing)
M 4/1  JC #5 (Danqi)
F 4/5  JC #6 (Maggie)
M 4/8 Paper #2 draft #1 due 
F 4/12 JC #7 (Xilei)
M 4/15  
F 4/19Paper #2 draft #2 dueJC #8 (Elisa)
M 4/22Talk abstract and draft due. In-class peer-review of Paper #2 
F 4/26  
M 4/29 JC #9 (Alisha) and Research Conference (talks)
F 5/3 Last day of class
 Blogs will be graded on Wed 5/8 at noon 
 Paper #2 final draft due by Tuesday 5/14, 11:59pm