PHY 6939 – Graduate Research Seminar

Summer 2006

Description: PHY 6939 is a 3 credit-hour course offered in the summer C terms. It is part of the core of the Ph.D. program and thus mandatory. The last day of class in this course is used for giving a comprehensive general Physics test, which is also part of the program and used for advisement purposes only.

Objectives: The primary objective of the course is to provide students with a broad view of the current research efforts in physics at UCF. For this purpose, faculty members from the Department will present tutorial seminars on their field of interest and on their research projects. The second objective is to help students develop oral presentation skills. Students will be required to make a formal presentation based on their research work or on a topic of his/her choice upon consultation with the instructor.

Lecturer: Eduardo Mucciolo (office in MAP 416, 823-1882, e-mail: mucciolo physics ucf edu)

Schedule and Location: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:50 pm, in MAP 306 or 318.

Content and tentative schedule:

MondayMay 15E. MuccioloMAP 306
WednesdayMay 17A. SchulteMAP 318
MondayMay 22V. KokooulineMAP 306
WednesdayMay 24S. KhondakerMAP 318
WednesdayMay 31H. CampinsMAP 318
MondayJune 5A. BhattacharyaMAP 306
WednesdayJune 7D. BrittMAP 306
MondayJune 12E. del BarcoMAP 306
WednesdayJune 14Organic Electronics: Polymer Field Effect Transistors, by Paul StokesMAP 306
MondayJune 19Fabrication and Characterization of  Single Electron Transistors, by John HendersonMAP 306
WednesdayJune 21Electronic Structure Applied to Problems in Electrochemistry and Catalysis, by Duc NguyenMAP 306
MondayJune 26Introduction to Supersymmetric Quantum Mechanics, by Jared GottesmanMAP 306
WednesdayJune 28Nanowires and Nanoassembly, by Michael WhelanMAP 306
MondayJuly 3H. HeinrichMAP 318
WednesdayJuly 5M. LeuenbergerMAP 318
MondayJuly 10P. Schelling
WednesdayJuly 12E. Flitsiyan
MondayJuly 17
WednesdayJuly 19H. Saha
MondayJuly 24Low Frequency Noise and its effects on Extremely  Sensitive Devices, by Jorge Martinez, and
Methanol Decomposition Catalyzed by Size Selected Pt Nanoparticles Supported on TiO2
, by Jason Croy
MAP 318
WednesdayJuly 26Compact Scanning Fabry-Perot Spectrometer, by Justin Cleary, and
Detection and Analysis of RF Emission
 Generated by Laser-Matter Interactions, by Jason Aspiotis
MAP 318
MondayJuly 31Fabrication and Spectral Characterization of Optical Calibration Targets for Mars Exploration Rovers, by Jeff Hoskins, and
Berry Phase Blockade in Single-Molecule Magnets
, by Gabriel Gonzalez
MAP 318
WednesdayAugust 2comprehensive Physics testMAP 306

Grading scale: The following scale will be used:

A  100 – 85%
B  84 – 70%
C  69 – 50%
D  50 – 30%
F  30 – 0%.

+/- grades may be given

Grading system: The final grades will be based on the following distribution: quizzes – 50%, oral presentation – 50%.

Important dates:

Classes begin at UCFMay 15
Memorial DayMay 29
Independence DayJuly 4
Classes end at UCFAugust 2

A. Bhattacharya (due June 22)

Eduardo Mucciolo 2006-07-27