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Course number and title: EE225 Physics of Semiconductor Nanostructures and Devices
Credits: 4
Instructor(s)-in-charge: D. Huffaker (
Course type: Lecture
Required or Elective: A Physical and Wave Electronics Area course.
Course Schedule:
Lecture: 4 hrs/week
Outside Study: 8 hrs/week
Office Hours: 2 hrs/week
Course Assessment:
Homework: Several assignments.
Exams: 1 midterm and 1 final examination
Grading Policy: Typically, 40% homework, 25% midterm, and 35% final.
Course Prerequisites: EE 223
Catalog Description: Theoretical methods for circulating electronics and optical properties of semiconductor structures. Quantum size effects and low-dimensional systems. Application to semiconductor nanometer scale devices, including negative resistance diodes, transistors, and detectors.  
Textbook and any related course material:
J. H. Davis, Physics of Low Dimensional Semiconductors, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
G. Bastard, Wave Mechanics Applied to Semiconductor Heterostructures, Halstead Press, John Wiley, 1988.
G. Bastard, J.A. Brum, and R. Ferreira, Electronic States in Semiconductor Heterostructures, in Solid State Physics series, chapter 2 of volume 44, H. Ehrenreich and D. Turnbull, editors, Academic Press, 1991.
C. Weisbuch and B. Vinter, Quantum Semiconductor Structures, Academic Press, 1991.
C. Weisbuch, Applications of Multiquantum Wells, Selective Doping, and Superlattices, in Semiconductors and Semimetals series, chapter 1 of volume 24, R. Dingle, editor, Academic Press, 1987.
Course Website
Topics covered in the course:
Material systems, band diagrams. Simple models: Particle-in-a-box, 1-band tight-binding. More sophisticated models: tight-binding, k.p.
Density of states: 3, 2, 1, and 0 dimensions.
Tunneling, resonant tunneling diodes.
Strained heterostructures.
Single electron devices.
Optical transitions of quantum wells.
Magnetic fields, Landau levels.
Quantum contacts.
Quantum dots.
Optical transitions of quantum dots.
Will this course involve computer assignments? NO Will this course have TA(s) when it is offered? NO

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