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Course number and title: EE124 Semiconductor Physical Electronics
Credits: 4
Instructor(s)-in-charge: Not offered 2011-12
Course type: Lecture
Required or Elective: A pathway course.
Course Schedule:
Lecture: 3 hrs/week. Meets twice weekly.
Dicussion: 1 hr/discussion section.
Outside Study: 8 hrs/week.
Office Hours: 1 hr/week by instructor.
 
Course Assessment:
Homework: 8 assignments.
Exams: 1 midterm and 1 final examination.
 
Grading Policy: Typically 20% homework, 35% midterm, 45% final.
Course Prerequisites: EE123A
Catalog Description: Band structure of semiconductors, experimental probes of basic band structure parameters, statistics of carriers, carrier transport properties at low fields, excess carrier transport properties, carrier recombination mechanisms, heterojunction properties.  
Textbook and any related course material:
J. P. McKelvey, Solid State Physics for Engineering and Material Science, Krieger Publishing Company, FL, 1993.
 
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Topics covered in the course and level of coverage:
Basic pure and impure semiconductor properties. 3 hrs.
Statistics in pure and impure semiconductors. 3 hrs.
Basic Boltzmann transport equations. 3 hrs.
Low field transport parameters. 4.5 hrs.
Cyclotron resonance and real energy surfaces. 3 hrs.
Scattering mechanisms. 1.5 hrs.
Excess carrier transport properties and ambipolar transport. 3 hrs.
Recombination mechanisms. 1.5 hrs.
Surface and heterojunction properties, 1-dim and 2-dim systems. 4.5 hrs.
Course objectives and their relation to the Program Educational Objectives:  
Contribution of the course to the Professional Component:
Engineering Topics: 0 %
General Education: 0 %
Mathematics & Basic Sciences: 0 %
Expected level of proficiency from students entering the course:
Mathematics: Strong
Physics: Strong
Chemistry: Average
Technical writing: Not Applicable
Computer Programming: Not Applicable
Material available to students and department at end of course:
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Course Objectives and Outcomes Form: X X X X
Lecture notes, homework assignments, and solutions: X
Samples of homework solutions from 2 students: X
Samples of exam solutions from 2 students: X
Course performance form from student surveys: X X
Will this course involve computer assignments? NO Will this course have TA(s) when it is offered? YES

  Level of contribution of course to Program Outcomes
(a) Strong  
(i) Average  
Strong: (a)
Average: (i)

:: Upon completion of this course, students will have had an opportunity to learn about the following ::
  Specific Course Outcomes Program Outcomes
1. Understand the electronic behavior of impurities in ordinary and synthesized semiconductors. a
2. Calculate the carrier concentration at various temperatures. a
3. Understand the effective description of carrier transport with and without scattering. a
4. Calculation the solution of Boltzmann transport equation in low electric and magnetic fields. a
5. Calculate the conductivity, Hall coefficient and magnetoresistance in semiconductors. a
6. Understand the basic scattering mechanisms in semiconductors. a
7. Calculate the mobility in terms of scattering parameters. a
8. Understand and use microwave to probe the semiconductor band structures. a
9. Understand and use the density of states in 1-dim, 2-dim and 3-dim semiconductor systems. a
10. Understand the principle of charge neutrality in device and circuits. a
11. Understand the use and limitation of ambipolar transport in bipolar devices. a
12. Calculate the carrier life time using recombination mechanisms. a
13. Understand and use surface properties to improve device performance. a
14. Understand and use heterojunction to enhance device performance. a
15. Several homework assignments delving on core concepts and reinforcing analytical skills learned in class. a i
16. Opportunities to interact weekly with the instructor and the teaching assistant(s) during regular office hours and discussion sections in order to further the students' learning experience and the students' interest in the material. i

  Program outcomes and how they are covered by the specific course outcomes
(a)   Understand the electronic behavior of impurities in ordinary and synthesized semiconductors.  
  Calculate the carrier concentration at various temperatures.  
  Understand the effective description of carrier transport with and without scattering.  
  Calculation the solution of Boltzmann transport equation in low electric and magnetic fields.  
  Calculate the conductivity, Hall coefficient and magnetoresistance in semiconductors.  
  Understand the basic scattering mechanisms in semiconductors.  
  Calculate the mobility in terms of scattering parameters.  
  Understand and use microwave to probe the semiconductor band structures.  
  Understand and use the density of states in 1-dim, 2-dim and 3-dim semiconductor systems.  
  Understand the principle of charge neutrality in device and circuits.  
  Understand the use and limitation of ambipolar transport in bipolar devices.  
  Calculate the carrier life time using recombination mechanisms.  
  Understand and use surface properties to improve device performance.  
  Understand and use heterojunction to enhance device performance.  
  Several homework assignments delving on core concepts and reinforcing analytical skills learned in class.  
(i)   Several homework assignments delving on core concepts and reinforcing analytical skills learned in class.  
  Opportunities to interact weekly with the instructor and the teaching assistant(s) during regular office hours and discussion sections in order to further the students' learning experience and the students' interest in the material.  

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