Date Thesis Awarded

5-2018

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Physics

Advisor

Dr. Mumtaz Qazilbash

Committee Members

Dr. Nathan Kidwell

Dr. Irina Novikova

Abstract

My honors research consists of the design and optimization of a microscopy apparatus as an accessory to an existing macroscopic spectroscopy setup. Using this apparatus, spot sizes below 30 microns can be obtained with high enough intensity to measure infrared-active phonon features. In addition the main optical apparatus, I have developed electronic connections to interface to a mid-infrared detector, a purge gas housing to eliminate contamination from atmospheric vibrational resonances, and a sample stage with sub-micron precision translation to properly operate the apparatus in purge.

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