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23 February 2006

The Canonical Link List

A list of incredibly useful physics websites. All my (zero) readers out there: send me others which you think are equally brilliant, and I'll post them up here. This will keep getting updated of course.
  1. Silicon Sam's Electrical/Laser FAQ ... don't enter your lab without it !
  2. Globalspec.com ... if you want to know what a D-sub 9 pin connector is, and who will sell it to you. An ultrasuper technical reference is at Gino De Beer's Educypedia: links to an astounding amount of information. Definitely look at it before wiring up a PIN diode to detect a Gunn diode.
  3. Abramowitz & Stegun ... all the juicy details about expanding Coulomb wavefunctions in Bessel functions (and rewriting those in terms of Chebyshev polynomials, if you're feeling particuarly masochistic). Of course, all of these should eventually get reworked into NIST's Digital Library of Mathematical Functions.
  4. The Particle Data Book, for those times when you wonder: "What exactly is the uncertainty on the electron's g-2 ?". Equally radical questions get answered on the NIST Physical Reference Data pages & the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics (note the ordering here .. $%*#@), although the latter will not tell you the ground state term for an OH molecule :(. 5 points if you get the bad joke in the preceding line.
  5. Atomic spectroscopy basics, if you have somehow forgotten the hierarchy of term symbols in a Ca supermultiplet. For the diatom-inflicted folks: Oliver Dulieu's slides on ultracold molecules from the 2004 Les Houches school and NIST's HOWTO on calculating rotational line intensities - perfect for some relief from Hund's case blues. And before building an accelerator in your basement, learn all about it from the boys who know it best: CERN's accelerator school lectures on everything from RF cavity design to vacuum bake-out tips.
Thus ends Version 1.0 of the Canonical Link List. More like a Microcanonical list, methinks.