Fall 2012, Course Information
PHYS 4580, Molecular and Condensed Matter Laboratory
PHYS 6/7280, Photovoltaic Materials and Device Physics Laboratory
Instructors: Randy Ellingson and Mike Heben
PHYS 4580 Introduction, Syllabus (draft), and General Information (updated Nov. 6, 2012)
PHYS 6280 Introduction, Syllabus (draft), and General Information (updated Nov. 6, 2012)
Lecture: Tuesday, 1:00 - 1:50 pm, in R1 2000N.
Lab: Tuesday, 2:00 - 5:50 pm, in R1 1070. The lab is also open Wednesday 1 - 5 pm, and Thursday 1 - 5 pm -- and may be opened other days/hours upon your request (let us know if mornings work better for you and/or your group). You should use these times to improve your experimental setup, understanding, and further pursue the lab measurement goals.
Lab Reports: Lab reports are due* on Tuesdays at noon. Late Policy: 1 through 6 days late: 2% deduction per day (may be waived with communication/approval, and larger deductions (5% per day) may apply to students repeatedly submitting late reports). More than 7 days late: 50% loss of credit. More than 14 days late: 0% credit.
Team 1: Kevin Belcik, Chad McElvany, Dhruv Sengar, Daniel Bergman
Team 2: A. J. Matthews, Ruozhu Duan, Geoffrey Rich
Team 3: Douglas Hoblet, Riza Kaya, Corey Grice
Team 4: Kyle Hartley, Joshua Lawrence, Purnaansh Gunaicha, Ligang Ye
Team 5: Tom Coates, Anthony Passero, Rosa Zartman
Final Exam (Project):
August 21, 2012: Introduction, Scientific Method, Igor Pro, Lab Reports
August 28, 2012: Photovoltaics, and an Introduction to LabVIEW
September 4, 2012: Earth-Sun Mechanics and Solar Spectra
September 11, 2012: Diffraction grating monochromator, light detection, and lock-in amplifiers
September 18, 2012: Signal detection (measuring a light spectrum using lock-in amplification) Note that the guide for Lab Report #4 (due Oct. 3rd) has been updated as shown in this lecture file.
October 9, 2012: Transparent Conductors: Optical and Electrical Properties Note: Lab Report #5 will be another Team report, and is due October 23.
October 23, 2012: Absorption in semiconductor thin films Note: Lab Report #6 will be another Team report, and is due November 6th.
October 30, 2012: Determining carrier type and mobility: Hall Effect measurements
Note that The Hall Effect lab report (Lab Report #7) will be an individual report, due Tuesday Nov. 13.
November 6, 2012: Solar cell performance characterization Note: Lab Report #8 on Solar Cell Characterization is a team report due November 28th.
November 13, 2012: X-Ray Diffraction: measurement and analysis. Note: The lab report (LR #9) on X-Ray Diffraction is an individual report, due Nov. 28th.
Quiz #1 - September 25, 2012
Quiz #2 - October 23, 2012
Quiz #3 - November 20, 2012