First week - read ALL the reading material indicated above, and talk with your instructor.
On the first day of the experiment, call the instructor (sometime between 12:00-17:00)
and ask for additional details or any changes!
Set a date for the preliminary test.
Second/third week - The test will usually take place in Kaplun 501, morning/noon on the first day of the second week.
Fourth week - writing the report.
The report should be submitted within 29 days from the formal beginning of the experiment.
Under exceptional circumstances, the instructor may
extend this time limit.
A report that will be submitted by up to one week after this date, will lose 10 points. A report that will be submitted later than one week from this date, will get 0.
The final grade is based on the report, exam, and instructor evluation.
General lab instructions Outline
- Short description of your work + main results.
- Why ML is important in the context of your work.
- The OGLE experiment - objective, experiment settings, frequency of
measurements, etc. refer to bibliography where needed.
- The specific event(s) you chose to analyze
Should NOT include the history of ML since Einstein!
- short explanation of the main formulas you use, notions, units.
refer to bibliography where needed.
- Explanation of the algorithm you used to fit the data (short!)
- Error analysis
- The extracted parameters + errors
- Chi^2 per DOF
- Plots, figures, graphs, fits...
- Goodness of fit
- Comparison to results of other research groups (OGLE)
- Scientific discussion
The paper part should include ONLY THE FINAL STAGE of your analysis, i.e.,
extracting the full set of parameters. It should span up to 10 pages.
All the other stages, which are executed for educational purposes, should
appear in your logbook.
if you use use
ANYTHING from some other source, please make sure that you provide the
When writing the report please take into consideration the following criteria:
1. All plots should contains labels and errors.
2. Error analysis should be properly explained.
3. Very Large tables should appear in an appendix.
4. Add the logbook of the experiment in an appendix.
5. Give the chi^2/dof of each fit.
6. Read the report before submission and correct, as you can, for grammer and spelling mistakes.
please download the tadrich from here.
some relevant Matlab tips can be found here.
Yakov Faerman Instructor of the Microlensing