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(1) Experimental project. Characterize thin-film materials by optical reflection and transmission, ellipsometry and Raman spectroscopy. Find the semiconductor band gap and complex refractive index of materials that are relevant to solar cells, energy storage, catalysis, etc. (1-2 students)
(2) Experimental project. Characterize thin-film materials by electrical and thermal transport. Find the resistivity, thermoelectric coefficient, and X-ray diffraction patterns of materials that are relevant to solar cells, energy storage, catalysis, etc. (1-2 students)
(3) Experimental project. Measure X-ray absorption in manganese and try to solve a long-standing anomaly in a Modern Physics Laboratory experiment.
Undergrads attend weekly group meetings and work with the lead graduate student on a project. They have their own projects, but are expected to collaborate extensively to contribute to the group effort.
Interested students should contact Janet Tate at tate at physics.oregonstate.edu and request a meeting. You should also attach a copy of your resume or CV to the email so I know a bit about your background. No special qualifications are necessary to apply, but it helps to understand your interests, motivation and experience. Tell me what classes you've taken and why you're interested in the projects.