Physics 251 - Experimental Atomic Physics

Eugeniy E. Mikhailov

Michael Kordosky

Fall 2021

General class information

Class materials

Video Tutorials

Superconductivity lab

Videos of superconductivity experiments

Lab reports preparation

Lab books

Lab book content

A few pages from an actual lab book (courtesy of N. Belcher)

Data analysis

Matlab users


The university provide license for Matlab but you need to request it. Proceed to W&M Matlab page to request it.

Matlab comes comes with many toolboxes, among them for this class you need

  • Curve Fitting Toolbox

The rest is optional and can be installed later.

Matlab should be installed in every campus computer lab and there is also web based version. But it might be good to have your own.


See Matlab video tutorials.

There is also one page Matlab tutorial for a very quick introduction to Matlab fitting.

If you need a more advance/nonlinear fitting hints. Have a look at fitting introduction materials of Phys-256 class which I taught. You will probably find super useful the fitting chapter from my book “Programming with MATLAB for Scientists: A Beginner’s Introduction” book which is available at amazon and at the CRC Press.

Python users

If you are novice Python user, a good start is the web colaboratory interface

Additional tutorials