Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Dr. Mumtaz Qazilbash

Committee Members

Dr. Nathan Kidwell

Dr. Irina Novikova


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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