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Professor Donald A. Glaser was a master of experimental sciences throughout his career. Born in Cleveland and educated at Case Institute of Technology, he earned a doctorate at Caltech and taught at the University of Michigan before accepting a post at UC Berkeley in 1959. Early in his career, Dr. Glaser experimented with ways to make the workings of sub-atomic particles visible. For this research and his subsequent invention of the bubble chamber, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1960. He then began exploring the new field of molecular biology, improving techniques for working with bacterial phages, bacteria, and mammalian cells. By designing equipment to automate his experiments and scale them up, he could now run thousands of experiments simultaneously, generating enough data to move the science forward. Recognizing the implications for medicine, Dr. Glaser and two friends created the pioneering biotech company Cetus Corporation in 1971, thus launching the genetic engineering industry.

Later in his career Dr. Glaser continued his experimental research, developing mathematical models for understanding fundamental processes of human vision. Throughout his life he balanced scientific work with an equally passionate interest in classical music, playing viola in chamber music ensembles wherever he went. Avidly curious, innovative, and devoted to the advancement of scientific knowledge, Dr. Glaser was a much sought-after consultant and advisor before his death in 2013.

Physics 111 experimentation laboratory is an intensive 3-unit laboratory course for 3rd- and 4th-year physics students at the University of California, Berkeley. It follows the Physics 111 Instrumentation Laboratory , which introduces students to electronics, measurement techniques, signal processing, computerized data acquisition, and control. With these tools, students in the Advanced Lab section of Physics 111 undertake four experiments, each taking 2-4 weeks to perform. The students select these experiments from 20 or so experiments permanently set up in the Lab. They represent a wide range of topics and techniques used in experimental physics. Many of the experiments replicate Nobel prize-winning studies and all are designed to develop skills essential to research.


What to do First

  • NOTE 1: To reduce overhead and risk of getting inconsistent data, you must make sure that you have blocks of consecutive afternoons to complete some of the experiments (see the list of available experiments for this requirement Experiment_Signups).
  • See the list of experiments to choose
  • NOTE 2: All students log into bCourses and complete the Signature Card then submit it before you come to the Lab. You must complete this before starting anything in the Lab.
  • NOTE 3: All students come to the introduction meeting on the first Day of Class in 286 LeConte Hall at 1:00 PM.
  • NOTE 4: Each student must have your picture available in the University of California at Berkeley's bCourses site. If NOT you must then turn in a PASSPORT PHOTO (not your passport but an actual passport photo) on the first day of Lab for security purposes.
  • NOTE 5: All Advanced Lab Students are required to do the Error Analysis Exercise within the first week. (see due dates)
  • Latex templates are located on the bCourses site under files.

Attention: There is NO eating or drinking in the 111-Lab anywhere, except in room 282 and 286 LeConte on the benches with the BLUE strip around it. Thank You the Staff.

Physics 111 Advanced Lab Syllabus and Due Dates

Physics 111-Lab Syllabus and due dates can be found: Advanced Lab Syllabus

Physics 111-Lab Library Reference Site

Reprints and other information can be found on the Physics 111 Library Site.

About This Wiki

This site supplements the Instrumentation site 111-Lab Instrumentation Lab course web site by providing the lab manual for each experiment assignment. Each link in the "Advanced Lab Experiments" sidebar to the left leads to Wiki pages containing a guide to the experiment, including Pre-Lab Questions, references, theory, and instructions.

For students currently enrolled in the course

You can view and print any pages on the wiki without having an account or logging in.

If you see errors in the lab writeups or places that need improvement, talk to your instructors or GSI. They can edit the wiki quickly to make minor changes so that the next student gets the improved version. If you see the need for extensive revisions, print out the page and write in your suggestions to give to the instructor. In some cases, we will give a students an account to edit the wiki if they propose some useful improvements. We really value input from students to make the labs better.

For other visitors of our Wiki

This Wiki is open to the public to view but not to edit. Copyright is held by the University of California Regents. However, we gladly make content available to other schools for non-profit educational use. Some links to copyright-protected references and software are not available to anyone without authentication as a Physics 111 student or staff.



Equipco Rentals of Concord, California donated two Newport Corporation, Research Series Optical Tables with Pneumatic Vibration Isolation mounts and table stands to our Physics Department. Equipco provides rentals, sales, and service of scientific instruments. Visit the Equipco Environmental Equipment Rental Website for more information about their products or call direct at 1-888-234-5678 if you have a specific need. They have a wide selection of instruments available for donation to UC Berkeley.


Professor Jan Liphardt initiated this site at the suggestion of Steven Wasserman and wrote a document converter to create Wiki pages from Microsoft Word files. Two Segrè Interns, Nick Ravn and Diana Lee, spent much of July 2007 converting the lab writeups from Word to Wiki, entering all the equations in LaTeX, and figuring out how to administer the Wiki site. Don Orlando currently administers the Wiki. The teaching staff and Don Orlando do much of the editing.

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