Fall 2014, Course Information
PHYS 4580, Molecular and Condensed Matter Laboratory
PHYS 6/7280, Photovoltaic Materials and Device Physics Laboratory
Instructors: Randy Ellingson and Mike Heben
Teaching Assistant: Neale Haugen
PHYS 4580, PHYS 6/7280 (draft) Introduction, Syllabus, and General Information (updated November 24, 2014)
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 other days/hours during the week (let us know if you find the lab locked). For those of you with the time and desire to do so, additional time in the lab can be used to improve your experimental measurements and to improve the quality of your data.
Lab Reports: Please print your lab reports and submit them to us by 1 pm (start of lecture) on the Tuesday they are due. 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.
Final Exam (Project):
Your final project will be based on a one-hour laboratory session in which you'll be asked to perform and/or describe specific measurements on a specific photovoltaic material or sample using the equipment, capabilities, and skills you develop during the semester. Each student will be tested individually on all aspects of the hardware, software, and principles of the measurement system, as well as the materials physics relevant to photovoltaic devices. We may, or may not, need to use Finals Week to schedule some of these Project exams.
August 25, 26, 2014: Lecture #1 - Introduction and Course Overview
September 2: Lecture #2 - Thermopile Detection Setup; Data Acquisition by Analog to Digital Conversion
September 9: Lecture #3 - Characterization of Spectral Output of Light Source
September 16: Lecture #4 - Measurement of Light by Lock-In Detection
September 23: Lecture #5 - Transparent Conductors
Lab #3 Guide -- Optical Properties of Transparent Conductors
September 30: Lecture #6 - Transparent Conductors - continued
October 7: Lab #3 - continued (report due Friday Oct. 10)
October 14: No lecture or lab this week (Fall Break). Lab open Wednesday through Friday this week.
Lab Guide #4 -- Optical Determination of Absorption Coefficient and Band Gap Energy of CdS, CdTe, and c-Si (report due Nov. 4 at 1 pm)
November 11: Veterans Day (no class) -- Lab open Monday, and Wednesday through Friday this week.
November 18: J-V and EQE Characterization of a Si Photodiode - continued (Lab Report 5 (a and b) due Dec. 2, 1 pm)
November 25: X-Ray Diffraction (Thanksgiving Break Nov. 26-28)
Lab Guide #6 -- XRD Characterization of Polycrystalline Thin Films
December 2: X-Ray Diffraction (continued, if necessary), and Thin Film Material Deposition
December 9: Open Question and Answer, and review of course concepts (12 - 1 pm)
December 9: Final Project (one-hour-long one-to-one exam with instructors)
Reference Files and Additional Resources
Care - notes on caring for instruments and optics Dexter 2M Thermopile Data
Dexter 1010 Amplifier Data Sheet Effect of Encapsulation Gas
Thermopile Time Constant Determination About Lock-In Amplifiers Quizzes (tentative schedule) Quiz #1 -
Lab Setup Guide
Lab Troubleshooting Guide
Handle With Care - notes on caring for instruments and optics
Dexter 2M Thermopile Data Sheet
Dexter 1010 Amplifier Data Sheet
Effect of Encapsulation Gas
Thermopile Time Constant Determination
About Lock-In Amplifiers
Quizzes (tentative schedule)
Quiz #1 -
Quiz #2 -
Quiz #3 -