Student Research Projects
Dr. C. C. Coleman
contribute and learn at many different levels of participation and can
be involved with learning various techniques. No prior knowledge is necessary.
Learning is on the job. At most times there are some twelve students working
on various aspects of projects in the area of experimental optical properties
of condensed matter, particularly as applied to solar cell materials and
devices. This means that often several students work on a project as a
team where they can each supply their particular talents toward a common
students working on these projects have been co-authors on published research
papers. Numerous students have made presentations at national meetings.
Two of the students have taken first place in the CSU state-wide competition
on undergraduate research. This research is supported by grants from the
National Science Foundation and NATO. This work is carried out in collaboration
with the CSULA Department of Chemistry and with UCLA, Cambridge University
(England) and the Daresbury Synchrotron Light Source (England).
techniques available in student research include
UV optics system design and construction
visible optical system operation
computer control of equipment using Basic, C++ and Lab View.
vapor reaction crystal growth
nanocrystal growth in gels
x-ray structural analysis
thin film evaporation
glove box operation
air sensitive sample handling
backscattering analysis using 4 MeV accelerator
low temperature cryogenic systems
theoretical optical relations (Kramers Kronig relations)
Particular experiments under development involve
studies looking for more sensitive solar cells and testing the quantum
particle-in-a-box model with a system destined to be a useful far infra-red
detector. Some of these experiments are:
Syllabus for Individual research projects
with Dr. C. C. Coleman
optical band gap
magnetic thin films
thin films optics
sample preparation for use on the synchrotron light source,
1. Individual projects will be assigned in accordance with the needs
of both the student and the research director
2. The student is generally a member of a larger group although this
is not necessary.
3. Grading will be based on
b. Experimental lob book. This is a dated
concurrent record of what the student has performed in connection with
the project. The log book is to be left with the director when the project
is finished, thereby providing continuity for following students. The student
may want to keep their own record of their work. The log book should be
clear enough so that another person could use it to write a report.
c. Attendance at weekly meetings with
the director on a tutorial basis.
d. A half page review of what the student
has accomplished is due the last day of classes of the quarter.