Experiments in Modern Physics - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780124898516, 9780080574868

Experiments in Modern Physics

2nd Edition

0.0 star rating Write a review
Authors: Adrian Melissinos Jim Napolitano
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124898516
eBook ISBN: 9780080574868
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 30th March 2003
Page Count: 640
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out Price includes VAT/GST

Institutional Subscription

Secure Checkout

Personal information is secured with SSL technology.

Free Shipping

Free global shipping
No minimum order.


A revision of the leading text on experimental physics. The feature of this book that has made it one of the most loved texts on the subject is that it goes far beyond a mere description of key experiments in physics. The author successfully provides the reader with an understanding and appreciation of the 'physics' behind the experiments. The second edition will be an extensive revision introducing many new devices, including the use of computers and software programs, that have come into use since the publication of the first edition. In addition the important areas of condensed matter physics and optical physics will be added, including two entirely new chapters on lasers and optics.

Key Features

  • Modern analysis and acquisition techniques
  • Integration with matlab for data analysis and display
  • New experiments include fundamentals of lasers


Junior and senior level courses on experimental physics offered in almost all major departments. At the professional level it will be useful as a basic primer/reference

Table of Contents

  1. Experiments on Quantization
    2. Electrons in Solids
    3. Electronics and Data Acquisition
    4. Lasers
    5. Optics Experiments
    6. High Resolution Spectroscopy
    7. Magnetic Resonance Experiments
    8. Particle Detectors and Radioactive Decay
    9. Scattering and Coincidence Experiments
    10. Elements from the Theory of Statistics


No. of pages:
© Academic Press 2003
30th March 2003
Academic Press
Hardcover ISBN:
eBook ISBN:

About the Author

Adrian Melissinos

Adrian C. Melissinos Professor of Physics, Emeritus Department of Physics and Astronomy University of Rochester

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Rochester

Jim Napolitano

Jim Napolitano Professor, Department of Physics Temple University Philadelphia, PA

Affiliations and Expertise

Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute


"...the new version of this classic text continues to set the standard as an introduction to experimental methods in physics." --Cliffard Swartz for PHYSICS WORLD, September 2003

"As a general upper-level lab text, it is about as good as I could imagine, and a substantial improvement (especially in terms of being up to date) over the original text by Melissinos. It is a well-written and fairly comprehensive introduction to many of the basic experimental techniques in use today, with an excellent mix of physics background material and the type of 'hands-on' practical information that students need in order to excel in experimental research." --Scott Wissink, Indiana University

"This book could be a significant improvement to all other books that I know about on this topic. I would seriously consider its adoption for my course. The book contains excellent examples of upper-level undergraduate experiments in optics, high resolution spectroscopy, and particle physics. It also contains very useful general information and background materials on several experimental techniques used in physics." --Seyfollah Maleki, Union College

"Clear, detailed, and explicit. The coverage is great. The book is very complete and the experiments cover many subfields of physics in a balanced way. Melissinos was a classic. A modernized Melissinos is a clear need....I like the broad coverage of the book and the level of technical detail. I certainly will want to have it on my bookshelf." --Hans-Otto Meyer, Indiana University

"This is a long-overdue and welcomed revision of the classic book in experimental modern physics that many faculty members used as undergraduate students. It has been significantly updated and revised, including many topics that were unknown at the time of the first edition, so that it should be a very useful text for the advanced undergraduate laboratory course in modern physics in all physics departments." --Jay Newman, Union College

Ratings and Reviews