ECEN5385 Ð Optical Properties of Materials
The project forms a major fraction of the course. It can consist of original work, or an in-depth analysis of a subject in the research literature.
Possible topics can be found at topics.
Due dates are as follows:
Submit a short description (a few sentences may be adequate) for approval.
The report will be presented to the class. Each presentation is allotted 35 minutes, including questions. It can be in the form of a PowerPoint or blackboard presentation. Guidelines are provided here.
The paper should be as concise as possible while still covering the topic. Usually 10 pages, double spaced, should be enough, but this is not a hard rule.
The paper should be written in the style of a research paper for journal publication, and include the following sections:
II. Background and motivation. This should include a short but thorough summary of the relevant literature.
III. Main body
2. Results (if relevant)
3. Analysis of results
V. Conclusions (Should summarize the main points that have been learned, both from your reading and your work, and also present what follow-on work should be carried out)
VI. References (full scientific referencing of all cited sources)
VII. Appendices (tabulation of data, computer program, etc.)
If the paper is of sufficient quality and interest, it may be submitted for publication.
In the paper, avoid use of ÒweÓ when you mean ÒIÓ. Also avoid using the passive construction (it was measured) when the active is more direct (I measured...). See the AIP Style Manual, for general style issued, and in particular pp. 14-15.
Turn in a hard copy (on paper).
In preparing your project paper, please be very careful to avoid plagiarism. Because there may be cultural differences as to what is considered acceptable, it is important that you are aware of what is considered acceptable here (see this). Any plagiarism will result in an automatic ÒFÓ in the course.