Semester: Spring 2021

Course Instructor: Ali Serpengüzel | SCI 119

Science Librarian: Ebru Çınar | LIB 222

Course Objectives: The objective of this course is to carry out a project on optoelectonics and photonics.

Learning Outcomes: The student will learn the scientific and technical literature search, to read and understand scientific papers, the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, to apply scientific knowledge, to gain valuable technical know-how, to analyze results, to write a scientific report, and to present results.

Description: The natural science students have a well rounded scientific background, but may lack some of the technical experience to apply their scientific knowledge to novel, non textbook technical challenges. To prepare the student in that respect, the student is expected to be involved in some but not all of the stages of the design, simulation, manufacturing, and characterization of a sample or a device, involved in the preparation of a novel experimental setup or a device, perform a literature search in a novel scientific or technological field.

Teaching Method: The teaching method is by two weekly online meetings.

Attendance: Students are required to attend the weekly meetings. Even a university approved “Medical Excused Absence” or “Dean of Student’s Excused Absence” doesn’t relieve you of this attendance requirement. Students who miss more than 1/3 of the meetings (excused or unexcused) might receive an automatic F.

Recommended book: Optical Processes in Microparticles and Nanostructures A Festschrift Dedicated to Richard Kounai Chang on His Retirement from Yale University (Advanced Series in Applied Physics) by Ali Serpengüzel (Editor) and Andrew W. Poon (Editor), World Scientific Press, Singapore (2011). (e-book through the library)

Recommended book: Optical Microcavities (Advanced Series in Applied Physics) by Kerry Vahala (Editor), World Scientific Press, Singapore (2005). (e-book through the library)

Recommended book: Optical Processes in Microcavities (Advanced Series in Applied Physics) by Richard K. Chang (Editor) and Anthony J. Campillo (Editor), World Scientific Press, Singapore (1996). (e-book through the library)

Recommended book: Light Scattering by Particles: Computational Methods (Advanced Series in Applied Physics) by Peter W. Barber and Steve C. Hill, World Scientific Press, Singapore (1990). (available at the library)

Recommended book: Optical Effects With Small Particles (Advanced Series in Applied Physics) by Peter W. Barber (Editor) and Richard K. Chang (Editor), World Scientific Press, Singapore (1988). (available at the library)

Grading policy: a presentation together with a final report on a selected topic. The presentation date will be announced later.

Project Report and Presentation: Each student will prepare a presentation with a related report on a state-of-the-art project on optoelectonics and photonics topic. You will make a literature search, and present your research based on the existing literature. Your presentation should consist of approximately 15 slides. As you will have 15 minutes, design your talk so that you will talk around one minute per page. You should spend a reasonable amount of time for preparing your presentation. All students taking this course are expected to participate in all of the presentations. Discuss your report and presentation with your instructor. He will give you tips on how to prepare a good reports and presentations. Your report should be in the scientific format. 10 steps to successful reports are given under the writing resources. It should include an introduction, and sections on research results, their analysis, discussion, conclusion, as well as references.

Grading policy for the project presentation and report: Careful literature search, excellent presentation, completely being able to answer questions are necessary, but not sufficient conditions for the presentation. 10 steps to successful presentations are given under the presentation resources. You will submit your presentation and related report by the end of the term to the course instructor. There will be an instant 100% reduction for late presentations and related reports, i.e., late presentations and related reports will not be accepted.

Student Code of Conduct: Students should be familiar with the Koç University Student Code of Conduct.