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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. 

The 2024 Immersion program is partially supported by the Synopsys/Reichert Endowment of the Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation.

Suggestions or proposals for ALPhA Immersions can be submitted via this contact form.

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 50% 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.

VIRTUAL - University of South Dakota (SD),  June 19-21, 2024

Mentors: Jing Liu and Kyler Kooi

TeachSpin (Buffalo, NY),  June 24-26, 2024

Mentors: Ram Rai, Jonathan Reichert, David Lee, 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!

Muhlenberg College (PA),  June 20-22, 2024

Mentor:  Brett Fadem

University of North Dakota (ND), June 25-27 (26-28), 2024

Mentors:  Kanishka Marasinghe, Nuri Oncel, and Yen Lee Loh

Illinois Wesleyan Univ. (IL),  July 22-24, 2024

Mentor: Gabe Spalding

Lawrence University (WI),   July 17-19, 2024

Mentor: Doug Martin

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (MI),  June 3-5, 2024

Mentor: Ramón Torres-Isea

Thorlabs (NJ),  Aug. 5-7, 2024

Mentors:  Brandon Mitchell and Eric Kurywczak

  • Quantum Optics   Full!  Register without paying to be placed on the wait list.

Virtual Immersion,  August 12-14, 2024

Mentor: Jed Brody

Univ. of Massachusetts - Amherst  (MA),  May 28-29, 2024

Mentors: Ashley Carter, Shuang Zhou, Alfred Crosby, and Gabriela Lana

Loyola University Maryland (MD),   June 10-12, 2024

Mentor: Mary Lowe

Rose-Hulman Inst. of Technology (IN),  July 12-14, 2024

Mentors: Maarij Syed, and Syed Reza

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

Suggestions or proposals for ALPhA Immersions can be submitted via this contact form.

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