MSE304 :: MatSE Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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We will be using i>clickers in every lecture. You can use either the older v1 or the newer v2 i>clickers. If you have not already done so, please register your clicker by visiting the MSE304 page in Compass. The navigation bar on the left should have an item "register i>Clicker". The proven, educational benefit of using i>clickers depends on your active participation. Having another student answer questions using your clicker is considered cheating.
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 17 | Orientation and Introduction | Prerequisite Quiz, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide | |
F Jan 19 | Solymar: 1, 2; Kasap: 2.1; |
Classical Conductivity: Drude model | |
M Jan 22 | Solymar: 2, 3; Kasap: 2.5, 3.1; |
Hall effect | |
W Jan 24 | Solymar: 3, 6.9, 7.3; Kasap: 3.1; |
Bragg's Law, Photoelectric Effect | |
F Jan 26 | Solymar: 3; Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.5; |
Particle-wave duality, de Broglie wave length | |
M Jan 29 | Solymar: 3; Kasap: 3.5, 3.6, 3.7; |
Basics of Quantum Mechanics | HW0 |
W Jan 31 | Solymar: 3; Kasap: 3.6, 3.7; |
Schrödinger Equation, Operators, Free electrons | |
F Feb 2 | Solymar: 2, 3; Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.6; |
Infinite potential well | |
M Feb 5 | Solymar: 3.6, 4; Kasap: 3.5, 3.7, 3.8; |
Uncertainty principle, Tunneling I | HW1 |
W Feb 7 | Solymar: 4; Kasap: 3.8; |
Tunneling II | Quiz 1, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |
F Feb 9 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
Hydrogen Atom I | |
M Feb 12 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
Hydrogen Atom II | HW2 |
W Feb 14 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
Optical transitions, Selection rules, Spin | |
F Feb 16 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
Beyond hydrogen, X-rays | |
M Feb 19 | XPS, Auger | X-ray emission | HW3 |
W Feb 21 | Link, More Auger | X-ray absorption | Quiz 2, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |
F Feb 23 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 1.3; |
XPS, Auger | |
M Feb 26 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 1.3; |
Synchrotrons, Bonding in molecules | |
W Feb 28 | Solymar: 1; Kasap: 1.3; |
Bonding in molecules | |
F Mar 2 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.2, 4.5; |
Potential-energy surface | |
M Mar 5 | Bulk modulus, Madelung constant (video) | HW4 (Online), HW4 (Offline, submit here), solutions | |
W Mar 7 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.5, 4.6, 4.7; |
Free-electron gas, Density of states (video) | Quiz 3, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |
EOH | |||
M Mar 12 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.11; |
Density of states, Fermi distribution | HW5 |
W Mar 14 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.11; |
Direct lattice and reciprocal lattice | |
F Mar 16 | Ovito: Lattice structure and planes fcc, bcc | ||
M Mar 19 | Spring Break | ||
W Mar 21 | Spring Break | ||
F Mar 23 | Spring Break | ||
M Mar 26 | Solymar: 8; Kasap: 5.11; |
Reciprocal lattice | HW6 (Online), HW6 (Offline, submit here), solutions |
W Mar 28 | Solymar: 8; Kasap: 5.2, 5.3; |
Empty-Lattice Approximation: Bands in Solids | |
F Mar 30 | Nearly Free Electrons: Bands in Solids | ||
M Apr 2 | Nearly free electrons; Semiconductors | ||
W Apr 4 | Solymar: 8, 9; Kasap: 6.1, 6.2; |
Electrons, holes in semiconductors | Quiz 4, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |
F Apr 6 | Solymar: 8, 9; Kasap: 5.4, 5.5; |
Mass action law, Fermi level | |
M Apr 9 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 5.9, 6.2, 6.5; |
Extrinsic semiconductors, n and p doping | HW7 (Offline, submit here); optional QE GUI |
W Apr 11 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 6.6, 6.8; |
Compensation doping, Charge carrier concentrations in Si (iPython, PDF) | |
F Apr 13 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 6.9; |
pn junction | |
M Apr 16 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.9; |
Diffusion current | HW8 |
W Apr 18 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.10; |
pn junction: Forward bias | Quiz 4 - Retake, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |
F Apr 20 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.10; |
pn Reverse bias, Diode | |
M Apr 23 | Carrier lifetimes, Schottky junctions | HW9 | |
W Apr 25 | LEDs | Quiz 5, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide | |
F Apr 27 | Heterojunction LEDs, Solar Cells | ||
M Apr 30 | Solar cells | ||
W May 2 | Transistors, Phonons | HW10 (Online), Comp. Report 2 (Offline, submit here) | |
FINAL: comprehensive final exam | room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |
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 |
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Homework | 26 |
Computational Report 1 and 2 | 6 each |
In-lecture i>clicker | 8 |
Prerequisite Quiz | 4 |
Quiz 1‐5 | 10 each |
The optional final exam will replace the lowest quiz grade if it is higher than that grade.
Final Grade
The following cutoff table will be used to calculate final scores.
Final Grade | Minimum Points |
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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 |