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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

Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices, Safa O. Kasap, Third Edition (McGrawHill, 2006).

Alternative (Optional) Textbook

Electrical Properties of Materials, Laszlo Solymar, Donald Walsh, Eighth Edition (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Schedule

All recordings will be posted under this link.

Date Reading Description Assignment due
M Jan 14 Orientation and Introduction
W Jan 16 Solymar: 1, 2;
Kasap: 2.1;
Classical Conductivity: Drude model Prerequisite Quiz, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Jan 18 Solymar: 2, 3;
Kasap: 2.5, 3.1;
Hall effect
M Jan 21 M. L. King Day
W Jan 23 Solymar: 3, 6.9, 7.3;
Kasap: 3.1;
Bragg's Law, Photoelectric Effect
F Jan 25 Solymar: 3;
Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.5;
Particle-wave duality, de Broglie wave length
M Jan 28 Solymar: 3;
Kasap: 3.5, 3.6, 3.7;
Basics of Quantum Mechanics HW0
W Jan 30 Solymar: 3;
Kasap: 3.6, 3.7;
Schrödinger Equation, Operators, Free electrons
F Feb 1 Solymar: 2, 3;
Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.6;
Infinite potential well
M Feb 4 Solymar: 3.6, 4;
Kasap: 3.5, 3.7, 3.8;
Uncertainty principle, Tunneling I HW1
W Feb 6 Solymar: 4;
Kasap: 3.8;
Tunneling II Quiz 1, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Feb 8 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 4.1;
Hydrogen Atom I
M Feb 11 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 4.1;
Hydrogen Atom II HW2
W Feb 13 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 4.1;
Optical transitions, Selection rules, Spin
F Feb 15 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 4.1;
Beyond hydrogen, X-rays
M Feb 18 XPS, Auger X-ray emission HW3
W Feb 20 Link, More Auger X-ray absorption Quiz 2, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Feb 22 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 1.3;
XPS, Auger
M Feb 25 Solymar: 5;
Kasap: 1.3;
Synchrotrons, Bonding in molecules
W Feb 27 Solymar: 1;
Kasap: 1.3;
Bonding in molecules
F Mar 1 Solymar: 6, 7;
Kasap: 4.2, 4.5;
Potential-energy surface
M Mar 4 Bulk modulus, Madelung constant HW4 (Online), HW4 (Offline, submit here)
W Mar 6 Solymar: 6, 7;
Kasap: 4.5, 4.6, 4.7;
Free-electron gas, Density of states Quiz 3, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Mar 8 Engineering Open House
M Mar 11 Solymar: 6, 7;
Kasap: 4.11;
Density of states, Fermi distribution HW5
W Mar 13 Solymar: 6, 7;
Kasap: 4.11;
Direct lattice and reciprocal lattice
F Mar 15 Ovito: Lattice structure and planes fcc, bcc
M Mar 18 Spring Break
W Mar 20 Spring Break
F Mar 22 Spring Break
M Mar 25 Solymar: 8;
Kasap: 5.11;
Reciprocal lattice HW6 (Online), HW6 (Offline, submit here)
W Mar 27 Solymar: 8;
Kasap: 5.2, 5.3;
Empty-Lattice Approximation: Bands in Solids
F Mar 29 Nearly Free Electrons: Bands in Solids
M Apr 1 Nearly free electrons; Semiconductors
W Apr 3 Solymar: 8, 9;
Kasap: 6.1, 6.2;
Electrons, holes in semiconductors Quiz 4, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Apr 5 Solymar: 8, 9;
Kasap: 5.4, 5.5;
Mass action law, Fermi level
M Apr 8 Solymar: 9;
Kasap: 5.9, 6.2, 6.5;
Extrinsic semiconductors, n and p doping HW7 (Comp. Report 1) (Offline, submit here); optional QE GUI
W Apr 10 Solymar: 9;
Kasap: 6.6, 6.8;
Compensation doping, Charge carrier concentrations in Si (iPython, PDF)
F Apr 12 Solymar: 9;
Kasap: 6.9;
pn junction
M Apr 15 Solymar: 13;
Kasap: 6.9;
Diffusion current HW8
W Apr 17 Solymar: 13;
Kasap: 6.10;
pn junction: Forward bias
F Apr 19 Solymar: 13;
Kasap: 6.10;
pn Reverse bias, Diode
M Apr 22 Carrier lifetimes, Schottky junctions HW9
W Apr 24 LEDs Quiz 5, Room: CBTF, SIGN UP, study guide
F Apr 26 Heterojunction LEDs, Worksheet
M Apr 29 Solar cells
W May 1 Transistors, Phonons HW10 (Online), Comp. Report 2 (Offline, submit here)
FINAL: comprehensive final exam CBTF, 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
Homework26
Computational Report 1 and 26 each
In-lecture i>clicker8
Prerequisite Quiz4
Quiz 1‐510 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
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