MSE304 :: MatSE Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Excused Absences
Excused absences may be requested by filling out the Excused Absences form. For more information, please read the course syllabus.
Pre-lecture (survey) questions
(Optional) pre-lecture questions on the reading material will be assigned in PrairieLearn before class and answers are due at 9 pm the day before each lecture.
Online discussion forum
This class uses Piazza for announcements, updates, and all communication between the instructor, TAs, and students. Please visit this page to register.
Textbook
Electrical Properties of Materials, Laszlo Solymar, Donald Walsh, Eighth Edition (Oxford University Press, 2009).
Alternative Textbook
Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, Safa O. Kasap, Third Edition (McGrawHill, 2006).
Schedule
All recordings will be posted under this link.
Date | Reading | Description | Assignment due |
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W Jan 20 | Orientation and Introduction | ||
F Jan 22 | Prerequisite Exam Q & A | ||
M Jan 25 | Solymar: 1, 2; Kasap: 3.1, 3.2; |
Classical Conductivity: Drude model | |
W Jan 27 | Solymar: 2, 3; Kasap: 3.2, 3.3; |
Hall effect, Photoelectric effect I | Prerequisite Exam, Room: L416 DCL, SIGN UP; study guide |
F Jan 29 | Solymar: 3, 6.9, 7.3; Kasap: 3.1; |
Photoelectric Effect II, Bragg reflection | |
M Feb 1 | Solymar: 3; Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.5; |
Particle-wave duality, de Broglie wave length, Basics of Quantum Mechanics | HW0 |
W Feb 3 | Solymar: 3; Kasap: 3.6, 3.7; |
Schrödinger Equation, Operators, Free electrons | |
F Feb 5 | Solymar: 2, 3; Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.6; |
Infinite potential well | |
M Feb 8 | Solymar: 3.6, 4; Kasap: 3.5, 3.7; |
Uncertainty principle, Tunneling | HW1 |
W Feb 10 | Solymar: 4; Kasap: 3.8; |
Hydrogen Atom I | |
F Feb 12 | Solymar: 4; Kasap: 3.8; |
Hydrogen Atom II | |
M Feb 15 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
Optical transitions, Selection rules, Spin | HW2 |
W Feb 17 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
Beyond hydrogen | |
F Feb 19 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
X-ray emission | |
M Feb 22 | XPS, Auger | X-ray spectroscopy, Auger electrons | HW3 |
W Feb 24 | Link, More Auger | Auger, Synchrotrons, and H_{2}^{+} molecules | |
F Feb 26 | Review: Quantum Mechanics | ||
M Feb 29 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 1.3; |
Bonding in molecules | |
W Mar 2 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 1.3; |
Bonding in molecules 2 | Exam 1: Quantum Mechanics, Room: L416 DCL, SIGN UP; study guide |
F Mar 4 | Solymar: 1; Kasap: 2.1, 2.5; |
Potential-energy surface | |
M Mar 7 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.2, 4.5; |
Bulk modulus, Madelung constant | HW4 (Online), HW4 (Offline, submit here), solutions |
W Mar 9 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.5, 4.6, 4.7; |
van-der-Waals, Free-electron gas | |
F Mar 11 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.11; |
Conduction of electricity, Density of states | |
M Mar 14 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.11; |
Fermi Statistics, Lattice structure | HW5 |
W Mar 16 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.11; |
Direct lattice and reciprocal lattice | |
F Mar 18 | Solymar: 8; Kasap: 4.3, 5.1; |
Lattices and Empty-Lattice Approximation | |
M Mar 21 | Spring Break | ||
W Mar 23 | Spring Break | ||
F Mar 25 | Spring Break | ||
M Mar 28 | Solymar: 8; Kasap: 5.11; |
Nearly Free Electrons: Bands in Solids | HW6 (Offline, submit here), solutions |
W Mar 30 | Solymar: 8; Kasap: 5.2, 5.3; |
Nearly Free Electrons | |
F Apr 1 | Semiconductors | ||
M Apr 4 | Review: Solid-state physics | HW7 (Offline, submit here); optional QE GUI | |
W Apr 6 | Solymar: 8, 9; Kasap: 6.1, 6.2; |
Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors | Exam 2: Solid-State Physics, Room: L416 DCL, SIGN UP, study guide |
F Apr 8 | Solymar: 8, 9; Kasap: 5.4, 5.5; |
Extrinsic semiconductors | |
M Apr 11 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 5.9, 6.2, 6.5; |
n and p doping | |
W Apr 13 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 6.6, 6.8; |
pn junctions I, Charge carrier concentrations in Si (iPython, PDF) | |
F Apr 15 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 6.9; |
pn junctions II | |
M Apr 18 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.9; |
pn junction and bias | HW8 |
W Apr 20 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.10; |
Diodes, Schottky Junction | |
F Apr 22 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.10; |
Schottky junctions, Carrier lifetimes | |
M Apr 25 | Lifetimes, Schottky junctions, LED | HW9 | |
W Apr 27 | Review | ||
F Apr 29 | Heterojunction LEDs | Exam 3: Semiconductor Devices, Room: L416 DCL, SIGN UP, study guide | |
M May 2 | Solar Cells | ||
W May 4 | Phonons | HW10 (Online), HW10 (Offline, submit here) | |
CBTF: 5/5 - 5/12 | FINAL: comprehensive final exam study guide | L416 DCL, SIGN UP |
Course Description
Scope
Fundamentals of quantum mechanics; atoms and small molecules; tunneling and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle; angular momentum; spectroscopy techniques; solids, in particular metals and semiconductors; Students should obtain a fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics and how it governs electronic properties of materials and devices.
Objectives
Students will be able to understand the theoretical description of various semiconductor devices and how that traces back to the materials they are made of. Students will obtain a grasp of the equations of quantum mechanics and their (analytical) solution for model systems. Moreover, students will obtain insight into modern computational techniques to describe electronic properties of solids as well as semiconductor devices.
Course Grading
Grading
Your final grade for MSE304 will be based upon your total score on all the components of the course. Please consult the course syllabus for details on particular components.
Course Component | Percentage of total |
---|---|
Homework | 20 |
In-lecture i>clicker | 8 |
Prerequisite Exam | 6 |
Exam 1 | 22 |
Exam 2 | 22 |
Exam 3 | 22 |
The optional final exam will replace the lowest exam grade (exam 1, 2, or 3) if it is higher than that grade.
Final Grade
The following cutoff table will be used to calculate final scores.
Final Grade | Minimum Points |
---|---|
A+ | 97 |
A | 93 |
A– | 90 |
B+ | 87 |
B | 83 |
B– | 80 |
C+ | 77 |
C | 73 |
C– | 70 |
D+ | 67 |
D | 63 |
D– | 60 |
F | <60 |