condensed matter

Synthesis of High Temperature Superconductor Using Citrate Pyrolysis and Observing the Meissner Effect

Student Manual

This experiment provides an introduction to superconductivity including synthesis of superconductor material. The main objective is to prepare the high critical temperature (Tc) YBa2Cu3O7-δ superconductor, as it is among those materials have Tc near to the boiling point of liquid nitrogen. A chemically derived citrate pyrolysis technique is used for this purpose. The superconducting state will be verified using Meissner’s effect. In this way, the relation between superconductivity and magnetism can also be explored.

Experiment Code2.18
Version19 August 2013

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Low temperature conductivity

Student Manual

This experiment gives you an idea of how to make conductivity measurement in low temperature regime using a closed cycle helium cryostat, compressor, vacuum unit, chiller/re-circulator and temperture controler. The cryostat can achieve temperatures in the vicinity of 7K when subject to a vacuum of 1 mtorr. Materials like conductors, semiconductors and superconductors are subjected to such measurements.

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Sample ResultsResistivity versus temperature plot for Aluminum
Resistivity versus temperature plot for Copper
Hardware ManualIntroduction to laboratory cryogenics (Janis Research)
User manual for cryodyne refrigerator (CTI-Cryogenics)
Experiment Code2.17

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Ellipsometry

Student Manual

Ellipsometery is used to determine the thickness and dielectric properties (optical constants) of thin films by analyzing the polarization changes that take place in light upon reflection off these films. In this experiment, different combinations of substrates and thin films will be analyzed to determine the thicknesses and optical constants of the films using the ellipsometer.

Hardware ManualEllipsometry Manual
Experiment Code2.16

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Synthesis and Ferroelectric Properties of KNO3 Films

Student Manual

This experiment illustrates the ferroelectric behavior of KNO3 due to change in temperature which is intimately connected to the change in crystal structure.

Sample ResultsFerroelectric loop at 130˚C
Another instance of a ferroelectric loop at 110˚C
Ferroelectric loop at 80˚C
Simulation results when sample capacitor is a conventional linear capacitor
Experiment Code2.13
Version20 August 2010

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Band Structure and Electrical Conductivity in Semiconductors

Student Manual

This experiment is designed to calculate the energy band gap in the intrinsic region and the temperature dependence of the majority carrier mobility in the extrinsic region of semiconductors.

Sample ResultsResistance versus temperature plot of carbon resistor
Resistivity versus temperature plot of Ge
Resistance versus temperature plot of UJT
Experiment Code2.10
Version9 November 2016, 2016-v2

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