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ALPhA’s 2020 Laboratory Immersions

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Learn a new advanced laboratory experiment well enough to teach it - with confidence!

See the ALPhA Laboratory Immersions wiki page for more information about these and past experiments.

ALPhA’s Laboratory Immersion experiences provide participants with two to three days of intensive hands-on work with a single advanced laboratory experiment. Enrollment is limited to two to three participants per experiment to ensure a confidence-building experience. 

Registration and full descriptions of the experiments will be available in early January, 2020.

Equipment grants are available to Immersion participants.

The Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation has established a grant program to help purchase apparatus used in Laboratory Immersions. Limitations and exclusions apply, but generally speaking the foundation may support up to 40% of the cost of the required equipment. Preference will be given to ALPhA members in good standing. See the Reichert Foundation website for more information.

May 27-29, 2020 at Reed College (Portland, OR)

Mentors: John Essick, Mark Beck, and Lucas Illing

June 1-3, 2020 at Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Mentors: Abaz Kryemadhi, Matt Farrar, Brett Fadem, and Declan Mulhall

June 1-3, 2020 at the University of California-Berkeley (CA)

Mentors: Neil Switz and Dan Fletcher

June 9-11, 2020 at Colgate University (Colgate, NY)

Mentor: Enrique 'Kiko' Galvez

June 8-10, 2020 at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN)

Mentor: Nathan Lindquist

June 25-27, 2020 at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab (Princeton, NJ)

Mentors:  Arturo Dominguez, Jeremiah Williams, and Jose Lopez

June 24-26, 2020 at University of the South (TN)

Mentor: Randolph Peterson, Johnny Davenport, Eugene Donev, Gabe Spalding, and David Van Baak

June 17-19, 2020 at California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)

Mentor: Eric Black

July 30 - Aug. 1, 2020 at Central Washington University (WA)

Mentors: Michael Braunstein, Darci Snowden, and Cassandra Fallscheer

July 13-15, 2020 at Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY)

Mentors: Ram Rai, Jonathan Reichert, and David Van Baak

     Options include:
        Optical Pumping
        Modern Interferometry
        Quantum Analogs
        Uses of Johnson and Shot Noise
        Fourier Methods and Applications
        The Not-so-simple Harmonic Oscillator
        Pulsed NMR
        and others!

Questions about ALPhA’s Laboratory Immersions Programs should be addressed to Lowell McCann by email at

Links to ALPhA's previous Laboratory Immersion programs:

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