PHYS 491 - Senior Project I - Fall 2012
Instructor: Giovanni Volpe
Kick off meeting: 14:00-15:00, September 25, 2012, ARL Meeting Room.
Initial report (OPF format): Saturday December 22, 2012
You should also prepare a 1-page report in the format of a Science Communication article, see Optics & Photonics Focus
for examples. Explain the motivation and scope of your project.
Midterm Presentation: Monday December 17, 2012 15:40-17:40 SAZ240
Final Presentation: Thursday January 10, 2013 9:00-12:00
Final report: Monday January 14, 2013
You should also prepare a report in the format of a scientific article (PRB format).
Objectives of the Course
This course will train you on the conduct of research. You will learn how to plan, execute and report a research project.
* Arrange a meeting with your supervisor.
* Make sure you understand the objectives of the research project from your supervisor.
* Do a detailed survey of the previous work done in the field. Use Web of Science
, Google Scholar
to search previous work. Print a list (including the abstracts) of the papers you find and share with your supervisor. Ask him to advise you on the relevant papers.
Find the papers and read them. Consult relevant books, web sites, your friends and faculty members to understand the literature.
* Set up a hypothesis and propose methods and tools to solve the problem.
* Make sure you are informed of all safety regulations if you have to use equipment unbeknownst to you. Safety (first) for you and the equipment you use, is very important.
* Do your own work diligently and on time.
* Make sure you understand how equipment works, what are its limitations: resolution, repeatibility, calibration, if you are doing a experimental work. In cases where you use professional software packages, you are expected to know how the program calculates quantities of interest. A software package is not a black box with a genie in it!
* Understand errors associated with your measurements/calculations. Show error bars on your graphs.
* Study papers on previous work. Make a plan for your midterm presentation.
* A note on plagiarism
: When you write your reports, you can NOT copy verbatim from ANY source. If you must, it must be written in quotation marks and properly cited. Any source you use to write your report should be properly referenced in your report. Any form of plagiarism will be severely penalized according to University by-laws.
* Prepare a good presentation in powerpoint. Practice your talk with your supervisor and friends. Pay attention to timing.
* Have fun.