Physics - Concentration in Photovoltaics, MS

The Photovoltaics concentration is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry, an Engineering discipline (e.g. Electrical, Chemical, or Mechanical), or an otherwise related field. 

PHYS 6280Photovoltaic Materials And Device Physics Laboratory3
PHYS 6630Semiconductors I3
PHYS 6640Fundamentals of Solar Cells3
PHYS 6940Industrial Internship6
PHYS 6960M.s. Thesis Research3-5
PHYS 6990Independent Study3
Select two of the following:6-8
Classical Electrodynamics I
Quantum Mechanics I
Condensed Matter Physics I
Structure, Defects And Diffusion
Thermodynamics And Phase Transformations In Condensed Systems
Special Topics
Select two of the following:6
Results-Based Management
Supply Chain Management
Green Engineering Principles
Sustainability Engineering
New Venture Creation
Strategic Management of Innovation
Management of Projects and Technological Innovation
Business Systems Analysis and Design
Analysis of Manufacturing and Service Systems
Special Topics

No thesis is required; however, students are expected to make an oral presentation based on research and independent study.

  • PLO 1: Students will analyze and solve (using the appropriate analytical techniques) any advanced graduate problem of relevance to photovoltaics (condensed matter physics, semiconductors, materials science, materials characterization, and device physics).
  • PLO 2: Students will analyze and critique the appropriateness of various manufacturing techniques used in the production of solar cells. Our students must also be able to determine the correct experimental methods to be used in analyzing the manufacturing techniques.
  • PLO 3: Students will critique any publication from the area of solar cells.
  • PLO 4: Students will demonstrate oral and written communication skills appropriate to the study of photovoltaics.
  • PLO 5: Students will analyze which physical processes are relevant to a given system.
  • PLO 6. Students will assess cause and effect in physical systems by formulating evidence-based logical arguments.
  • PLO 7. Students will perform research procedures relevant to photovoltaic materials and device development and industrial implementation.
  • PLO 8. Students will identify and evaluate relevant informational resources appropriate to their field of study.
  • PLO 9. Students will demonstrate ethical scientific and academic conduct.
  • PLO 10. Students will demonstrate collaboration skills in a scientific context, in particular, with the M.S. advisor, research group members, and at their internship.