ECEN 5345 – Introduction to Solid State

Fall 2017 – TTh 3:30-4:45 PM, ECEE 265

Professor G. Moddel

Please check the announcements and schedule regularly – Last update: 27 Dec 2017

  • The final exam solution is here.
  • Please pick up your graded final exams from my office after January 8, 2018. It’s probably a good idea to email me first to check that I’ll be in.

 

General Course Information

Homework

Syllabus

Individual issues

Resources

Differential equations - Paul's Notes

Demystifying Umklapp

Why quantum wave mechanics works?

Kronig-Penney Model Extended

       Exams

1st midterm solution  median: 39/50

2nd midterm solution  median: 40/50

Final exam solution  median: 77/100

 

Tuesday

Thursday

Aug 29  General introduction; optical constants

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

Aug 31  Optical properties of metal: free electrons

Reading: Fox 7.1-7.3

Sep 5  Plasmons

Reading: Fox 7.5

Sep 7  Optical excitation of plasmons

Reading:  Peyghambarian 3.7

HW1 due  

Sep 12   KramersKronig relationships &

Interaction of light with matter

Reading: Fox 2.3 & Weisskopf (be prepared to discuss it in class.)

Sep 14  Phonons

Reading assignment: Omar 3.1, 3.2, 3.6

HW2 due  

Sep 19  Phonons (cont.)

Reading: Omar 3.3

Sep 21  Phonons (cont.)

Reading: Omar 3.4, 3.5

HW3 due

Sep 26   Phonons (cont.)

Reading: Omar 3.9, 3.10

Sep 28  Phonons (cont.)

HW4 due

Oct 3  Energy bands

Reading: Omar  A.1 - A.3, 5.1 –  5.5, 5.6(skim), 5.10, 5.11

Oct 5  1st midterm exam

Oct 10   Energy bands (cont.)

Reading: Omar 5.7 & Kronig-Penney model

Oct 12   Fermi surfaces

Reading: Omar: 5.12

HW5 due

Oct 17  Electron and hole transport in semiconductors

Reading: Omar 5.13, 5.14, 5.16, 5.17

Oct 19  Semiconductors: introduction

Reading: Omar: 5.19, 6.1 – 6.3 (skim), 6.4

HW6 due

Oct 24  Semiconductor  statistics

Reading: Omar: 6.5 – 6.6. VZ 2.5.3 & 2.6.4,

Oct 26   Conductivity and mobility

Reading: Omar 4.4 - 4.5, 6.7

HW7 due

Oct 31  Hall effect

Reading: Omar 4.10, 6.8, 6.9 (skim)

Nov 2   Optical absorption in semiconductors

Reading: Fox Ch. 3

HW8 due

Nov 7  Franz-Keldysh effect, and photoconductivity

Reading: Pankove, Omar 6.13

Nov 9  2nd midterm exam

Nov 14  Excitons    No review session on Nov 15.

Reading: Fox Ch. 4

Nov 16  Nov 6  Excitons

Reading: Fox Ch. 5 (skim)

HW9 due

Nov 21

Fall break. No class.

Nov 23

Thanksgiving. No class.

Nov 28  Quantum wells

Reading: Fox 6.1 – 6.5

Nov 30  Stark effect

Reading: Fox 6.5 (skim)

HW10 due

Dec 5  Molecular materials

Reading: Fox Ch. 8

Dec 7  Zero point energy

Optional reading: Setterfield, Moddel (technical   descriptive)

HW 11 due

Dec 12  Quantum Entanglement

Optional reading: Mermin

Dec 14  Entanglement (cont.) etc.

HW 12 not due

Dec 20 (Wednesday)

Final exam: 4:30 – 7:00 PM