Experiments in Modern Physics

Experiments in Modern Physics

2nd Edition - March 14, 2003

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  • Authors: Adrian Melissinos, Jim Napolitano
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124898516

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 640
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2003
  • Published: March 14, 2003
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124898516

About the Authors

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

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