ECEN 5345 – Introduction to Solid State

Fall 2015 – MWF 11:00-11:50 am, ECEE 265

Professor G. Moddel

Please check the announcements and schedule regularly – Last update: 15 Dec 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The review session will be on Wednesday, Dec 16, at 4 pm.
  • The final exam formula sheet is here.

 

General Course Information

Homework

Syllabus

Individual issues

Resources

Differential equations - Paul's Notes

Demystifying Umklapp

Why quantum wave mechanics works?

       Exams

Midterm exam 1 solutions (median 37.5)

Midterm exam 2 solutions (median 42)

 

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

Aug 24  General introduction; optical constants

Reading: Fox Ch. 1 & Appendix A (Maxwell’s equations)

Aug 26  Optical properties of metal: free electrons

Reading: Fox 7.1-7.3

Aug 28   Optical properties of free electrons (cont.)

Aug 31   Plasmons

Reading: Fox 7.5

Sep 2  HW1 due   Surface Plasmons

Sep 4   Optical excitation of plasmons

Reading:  Peyghambarian 3.7

Sep 7

Labor day. No class.

Sep 9  HW2 due   KramersKronig relationships &

Interaction of light with matter

Reading: Fox 2.3 & Weisskopf (be prepared to

discuss it in class.)

Sep 11  Phonons

Reading assignment: Omar 3.1, 3.2, 3.6

Sep 14  Phonons (cont.)

Reading: Omar 3.3

Sep 16  HW3 due  Phonons (cont.)

Reading: Omar 3.4

Sep 18  Phonons (cont.)

Reading: Omar 3.5

Sep 21   Phonons (cont.)

Reading: Omar 3.9

Sep 23  Phonons (cont.)

Reading: Omar 3.10

Sep 25  HW4  due

Sep 28  Energy bands

Reading: Omar  A.1 - A.3, 5.1 –  5.5, 5.6(skim)

Sep 30  1st midterm exam

Oct 2     Energy bands (cont.)

Reading: Omar 5.1 – 5.3, 5.10, 5.11

Oct 5   Energy bands (cont.)

Reading: Omar 5.7 & Kronig-Penney model

Oct 7   Energy bands (cont.)

Reading: Omar 5.12

Oct 9  HW5  due  Energy bands (cont.)

Oct 12  

Reading: Omar 5.13, 5.14, 5.16, 5.17

Optional review session at 4 pm

Oct 14  Semiconductors: introduction

Optional review session at 4 pm

Oct 16  HW6  due

Reading: Omar 4.10, 5.19

Oct 19 

No review session

Oct 21 

Reading: Omar 6.1 – 6.3 (skim), 6.4

Optional review session at 4 pm

Oct 23  HW7 due  Semiconductors: carrier statistics

Reading: Omar 6.5 – 6.6, VZ 2.5.3 & 2.6.4

Oct 26

Optional review session at 4 pm

Oct 28

Optional review session at 4 pm

Oct 30  HW8 due   Semiconductors: mobility

Reading: Omar 6.7

Nov 2 

Optional review session at 4 pm

Nov 4  2nd midterm exam

Nov 6

Reading:  Omar 6.8, 6.9 (skim)

Nov 9   Optical absorption in semiconductors

Reading: Fox Ch. 3

Optional review session at 4 pm

Nov 11  Nov 6   Franz-Keldysh effect

Reading: Fox 3.3.5, Pankove A

Nov 13   HW9 due   Semiconductors: photoconductivity

Reading: Omar 6.13

Nov 16  Excitons

Reading: Fox Ch. 4

Nov 18   Excitons

Reading: Fox Ch. 5 (skim)

Nov 20  HW10 due  Excitons

Nov 23

Fall break. No class.

Nov 25

Fall break. No class.

Nov 27

Thanksgiving. No class.

Nov 30  Quantum wells

Reading: Fox Ch. 6.1 – 6.3

Optional review session at 4 pm

Dec 2  Quantum wells (cont.)

Reading: Fox Ch. 6.4 - 6.5

Dec 4   HW11 due  Molecular materials

Reading: Fox Ch. 8

Dec 7 

Optional review session at 4 pm

Dec 9  Discussion of implications of quantum entanglement

(optional)

Reading: Mermin (optional)

Dec 11  HW12 not due

Dec 17 (Thursday) 

Final exam: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm