Welcome to PhysResearch.org!

This site provides advice and training resources for physics and astronomy researchers. It is curated by Prof. Walter Smith, Haverford College.

(If you would like to suggest additional content or corrections, please email wsmith@haverford.edu)

General resources:

Starting a new research project Interacting with your mentor Interacting with other group members Critical weekly tasks Important lab etiquette
Keeping a lab notebook

What to do when things aren't working

Graphical presentation of data    


Laser safety Electrical safety Compressed gas cylinders Chemical safety  


Literature research:

Introduction to the world of scientific literature How to find relevant articles How to read a journal article How to keep what you've read organized  



How to give a good talk How to create and present a good poster How to write a journal paper How to write a thesis  


Computers and Coding:

Importance of backups Introduction to Unix, by Dr. Beth Willman Common Python functions (by Dr. Kevin Flaherty)    


Tracking and handling of samples:

Naming convention for samples Sample storage and tracking      


Vacuum system procedures:

Cleanliness for ultrahigh vacuum systems and high vacuum systems        

Final tasks - make sure you finish these before you leave!

List of final tasks