Prashanth S. Venkataram

MIT Course 8, Class of 2014

Hi! My name is Prashanth, and I am a senior at MIT. My major is course 8 (physics), and I intend to minor in course 14 (economics). You can check out my CV on this page, which gets rolling updates (hence the name). When I'm not doing stuff for classes, my UROP, or other random stuff, I enjoy writing about science and technology in my personal blog, which you can find at the bottom of this page. You can contact me through the email derived from my Kerberos username, which you probably would have had to know to reach this site. Thanks for stopping by!


8.06 – Quantum Physics III (2013 Spring)

Electromagnetic Field Quantization & Applications to the Casimir Effect

8.14 – Experimental Physics II (2013 Spring)

The Zeeman and Hyperfine Splittings of Mercury Emission Spectra
Optical Pumping of Rubidium Vapor Atoms
Mössbauer Spectroscopy
X-Ray Physics or: How I Came to Stop Worrying and Love the Amersham

8.13 – Experimental Physics I (2012 Fall)

Optical Spectroscopy of Hydrogenic Atoms
Johnson Noise and Shot Noise: The Boltzmann Constant, Absolute Zero, and the Electron Charge
The Mean Lifetime and Speed of Cosmic-Ray Muons

8.223 – Classical Mechanics II (2012 IAP)

Properties of the Lennard-Jones Potential

Other Work

A World Without Friction (2013 Spring)
UROP Profile (2013 Spring)
MIT APS 2013 March Meeting Presentation


Properties of the Lennard-Jones Potential (2012 summer; extended version)
Another Look at Gaussian CGS Units: or, Why CGS Units Make You Cool (2012 spring)
Expected Utility and the Density Matrix (2013 spring/summer)

Personal Blog