Project Level: Honours, Masters, Winter/Summer

Optical methods are well suited to study bulk properties of materials and devices but are typically insensitive to surface phenomena. Recently, reflectance difference spectroscopy (RDS) has emerged as a powerful tool to study adsorption, growth, and the electronic states of very thin molecular layers. In this project, the student will build an RDS system for a precision deposition instrument housed at the UQ Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. The student will gain experience with optical set ups and measurements, ultrahigh vacuum equipment, thin film deposition, and electron diffraction. RDS is a technique with broad importance in industrial settings ranging from in-line monitoring of growth processes to electrochemical processes.

Project members

Dr Peter Jacobson

Lecturer in CMP
School of Mathematics and Physics
Physics Tutor Coordinator