# MSE304 :: MatSE Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

## Home

### i>clickers

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

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

### Alternative Textbook

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

## Schedule

All recordings will be posted under this link.

Date | Reading | Description | Assignment due |
---|---|---|---|

W Jan 18 | Orientation and Introduction | ||

F Jan 20 | Solymar: 1, 2; Kasap: 2.1; |
Classical Conductivity: Drude model | |

M Jan 23 | Solymar: 2, 3; Kasap: 2.5, 3.1; |
Hall effect, Photoelectric effect I | |

W Jan 25 | Solymar: 3, 6.9, 7.3; Kasap: 3.1; |
Photoelectric Effect II, Bragg reflection | Prerequisite Quiz, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |

F Jan 27 | |||

M Jan 30 | Solymar: 3; Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.5; |
Particle-wave duality, de Broglie wave length, Basics of Quantum Mechanics | HW0 |

W Feb 1 | Solymar: 3; Kasap: 3.6, 3.7; |
Schrödinger Equation, Operators, Free electrons | |

F Feb 3 | Solymar: 2, 3; Kasap: 3.3, 3.4, 3.6; |
Infinite potential well | |

M Feb 6 | Solymar: 3.6, 4; Kasap: 3.5, 3.7; |
Uncertainty principle, Tunneling | HW1 |

W Feb 8 | Solymar: 4; Kasap: 3.8; |
Tunneling | Quiz 1, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |

F Feb 10 | Solymar: 4; Kasap: 3.8; |
Hydrogen Atom I | |

M Feb 13 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
Optical transitions, Selection rules, Spin | HW2 |

W Feb 15 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
Beyond hydrogen | |

F Feb 17 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 4.1; |
X-ray spectroscopy | |

M Feb 20 | XPS, Auger | X-ray spectroscopy questions | HW3 |

W Feb 22 | Link, More Auger | Auger, Synchrotrons, and H_{2}^{+} molecules |
Quiz 2, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP |

F Feb 24 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 1.3; |
Bonding in molecules | |

M Feb 27 | Solving example problems | ||

W Mar 1 | Solymar: 5; Kasap: 1.3; |
Bonding and potential-energy surface | |

F Mar 3 | Solymar: 1; Kasap: 1.3; |
Potential-energy surface, Bulk modulus | |

M Mar 6 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.2, 4.5; |
Madelung constant, Free electron gas | HW4 (Online), HW4 (Offline, submit here), solutions |

W Mar 8 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.5, 4.6, 4.7; |
Free-electron gas, Density of states | Quiz 3, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |

EOH | |||

M Mar 13 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.11; |
Density of states, Fermi distribution | HW5 |

W Mar 15 | Solymar: 6, 7; Kasap: 4.11; |
Direct lattice and reciprocal lattice | |

F Mar 17 | Solymar: 8; Kasap: 4.3, 5.1; |
Recap: Density of States, Fermi, Lattices | |

M Mar 20 | Spring Break | ||

W Mar 22 | Spring Break | ||

F Mar 24 | Spring Break | ||

M Mar 27 | Solymar: 8; Kasap: 5.11; |
Empty-Lattice Approximation: Bands in Solids | HW6 (Online), HW6 (Offline, submit here), solutions |

W Mar 29 | Solymar: 8; Kasap: 5.2, 5.3; |
Nearly Free Electrons: Bands in Solids | |

F Mar 31 | Semiconductors | Recorded HW solutions | |

M Apr 3 | Electrons and holes in semiconductors | HW7 (Offline, submit here); optional QE GUI | |

W Apr 5 | Solymar: 8, 9; Kasap: 6.1, 6.2; |
Electrons, holes, Fermi level | Quiz 4, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |

F Apr 7 | Solymar: 8, 9; Kasap: 5.4, 5.5; |
Extrinsic semiconductors | |

M Apr 10 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 5.9, 6.2, 6.5; |
n and p doping, pn junction | |

W Apr 12 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 6.6, 6.8; |
pn junctions, Charge carrier concentrations in Si (iPython, PDF) | |

F Apr 14 | Solymar: 9; Kasap: 6.9; |
pn junction, Drift current | |

M Apr 17 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.9; |
pn junction: Forward bias | HW8 |

W Apr 19 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.10; |
pn junction: Reverse bias, Diode | Quiz 5, Room: room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP, study guide |

F Apr 21 | Solymar: 13; Kasap: 6.10; |
Carrier lifetimes | |

M Apr 24 | Schottky junctions | HW9 | |

W Apr 26 | LEDs | ||

F Apr 28 | Heterojunction LEDs, Solar Cells | ||

M May 1 | Transistors, Phonons | ||

W May 3 | Phonons | HW10 (Online), Comp. Report 2 (Offline) | |

FINAL: comprehensive final exam |
room 57 Grainger, SIGN UP |

## 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 |
---|---|

Homework | 16 |

Computational Report 1 and 2 | 5 each |

In-lecture i>clicker | 8 |

Prerequisite Quiz | 6 |

Quiz 1‐5 | 12 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 |