Optical characterization of thin films, 5 credits

Optisk karakterisering av tunna filmer

COURSE INFORMATION

Language of instruction: English
Course period: April-Aug 2022
Campus teaching or online teaching: On campus

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES

Introductory courses in optics and solid state physics.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To understand the origins of optical properties of materials, and to learn how to mathematically model these properties.
  • To learn and apply basic theoretical concepts for the optics of thin films.
  • To learn and apply several experimental techniques for optical characterization of thin films.
  • To develop scientific communication skills and a critical mindset through seminar discussions and a written project report.

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR DOCTORAL DEGREE 

Apart from the topic specific knowledge development, students get training in oral and written science communication, and in the use of a critical and scientific mindset with regards to complex problem solving.

COURSE CONTENTS

The course starts with 4 lectures targeting the theoretical foundation for:
L1. Optical properties of materials
L2. Optical and electronic properties from calculations
L3. Thin film optics
L4. Effective medium theory
Each of these first 4 lectures is connected to a 2 h seminar, where more in-depth material related to the lecture content is discussed. The course continues with 4 lectures targeting experimental techniques:
L5. Basics of spectroscopic ellipsometry
L6. Spectroscopic ellipsometry analysis
L7. Measurement and analysis by spectrophotometry
L8. Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy
Lecture 5-8 are applied in one measurement lab and two computer labs.
The course content is finally applied in a small project with a written report.

INSTRUCTION

The course moves from lectures to self-managed project work, over seminars based on in-depth reading assignments and labs. In this way, students will gradually acquire the skills required to apply the knowledge to relevant problems in thin film optics in the lab, and to analyze and interpret the results.

ASSESSMENT

Active participation in the seminars (through submission of questions on the material beforehand, and through active participation in discussion on others questions during the seminar). Performing an optical thin film analysis of an actual, non-trivial sample, and writing a report.

COURSE EXAMINER

Carl Hägglund, carl.hagglund@angstrom.uu.se

DEPARTMENT WITH MAIN RESPONSIBILITY

Materials Science and Engineering

CONTACT PERSON/S 

Carl Hägglund, carl.hagglund@angstrom.uu.se

APPLICATION

Submit the application for admission to: carl.hagglund@angstrom.uu.se
Submit the application not later than: April 1, 2022

Last modified: 2021-11-17