Physics 5335 (Physics of Semiconductors)Fall, 2016
Class Meets: 11:00-11:50am, Mon., Wed., AND Fri., Math Room 110
Attention!! This page & its sub-pages are undergoing modifications!
There may be changes in them as the semester progresses!!
Last Update, 9/13/16
Fall, 2016 TTU Academic Calendar. Final Exam Schedule.
         Course Syllabus.  Announcements   Lectures  Exams  Homework
Motivations to Study Semiconductor Physics
A related course to this one is Physics 4309-5304 (Solid State Physics).
It was last offered in Fall, 2015 & it will be offered again in Fall, 2017

Instructor & Contact Information
Dr. Charles W. Myles, Professor of Physics
Office: Science Room 18. Phone: 834-4563. E-mail:
Office Hours: 3:00 - 4:00pm MWF, 10:00 - 11:00am TR, & by appointment.
Physics Webpage:
A class email distribution list will be developed
Please let me know if you would prefer to use an email address besides your one.
Please check your email DAILY!! Here is an important email announcement!!

Primary Text: Semiconductor Physics and Applications,
by M. Balkanski & R.F. Wallis (Oxford University Press, 2000).
This book is REQUIRED! Book webpage
Major portions of the course will use this book. Topics will be discussed in approximately the order of the table of contents. However, material from many other sources will also be used. Here is a webpage with results (~ 24,800 hits!) from a Google search on this book. The book is available at bookstores & on-line, in hardbound or paperback. New & used versions are possible. A search finds prices from $132 - $275!! 
I urge you to shop around for this book & to find the best price for you.
Given the book cost, wouldn't it be worthwhile to READ IT??? 

Supplemental Text Books
1. Fundamentals of Semiconductor Physics,
by Peter Y. Yu & Manuel Cardona (Springer-Verlag).
2. Semiconductor Physics,
by Karlheinz Seeger (Springer-Verlag).
    Having these is optional. Portions of the course will use some of the information in them.

Attend as many classes as possible, come to class prepared, do the homework, 
READ the material BEFORE I lecture over it, & keep up as we go along!
Attendance: I don't take roll & have no specific attendance policy. However, this is a GRADUATE course!! So, it should be obvious by this time in your career that (unless you're a genius!) class attendance is REQUIRED to get a good grade (or to LEARN SOMETHING!). Since this is a relatively small class, it will be apparent if you are not there.  

Course Level, Pre-Requisites, Objective & Topics
Physics Level & Prerequisites: This course is designed for MS & PhD students doing semiconductor research (including Engineering students, who are welcome!). A knowledge of elementary quantum mechanics & elementary statistical physics is assumed. Some knowledge of elementary solid state physics would be helpful, but isn't essential. It would be helpful (but it isn't vital) to have had a solid state physics course similar to our Physics 4309-5304. This is a GRADUATE course!! The text is at a level somewhere between some undergraduate & some graduate texts. 

Objective: To introduce students to semiconductor MATERIALS physics. (Microscopic properties!) This is NOT a semiconductor device course! If you want a device course, this isn’t it!! (Physics 5336 IS a device course. Take it!). However, near semester’s end, a few device applications may be discussed. This course is complementary to, but it is definitely  NOT a replacement for Physics 4309-5304Solid State Physics.

Topics: The basics of semiconductor materials physics will be surveyed. As a survey, topics must be covered rapidly. Silicon, as well as other materials will be discussed.  A goal is to cover, as an overview, selected topics in Chs. 1-10 of the text. Detailed coverage will be announced as we go. The Syllabus is Here. Course details, including discussions of Homework, Exams, Semester Project & the grading scheme, are found there. PLEASE READ IT!

Announcements & Calendar Items
Announcement Page:  Will have announcements/calendar items.
I'll try to update it shortly after each class. Please check it at least 2 or 3 times a week!

Lectures, Exams, Homework, Semester Project
COPYRIGHT: Lectures & Exams are copyrighted  by C.W. Myles!
No reproduction or use of them other than by students in this course  is allowed!
Click Here to find out how to reduce the # of pages when printing a Power Point file!
Lecture Page: Has some Lectures (Power Point).
Note: Some of the lectures are under renovation! 
Many lectures there now were constructed the last few times I've taught this course. Probably, many will be revised as we proceed through the course. It might be helpful to download some of them BEFORE we cover the material in class. You can print them, several slides/page. Rather than try to take notes on everything in class, you can follow along on the printed Lectures, making extra notes as class proceeds.
Exams Page: Exams & solutions from when I taught this course previously will hopefully be posted on this page.
There will be one exam near midterm. Rather than have many mathematically oriented problems on it, this exam will be mostly qualitative and aimed at evaluating the students’ grasp of the physics & identification of the most relevant physical processes. The more difficult, mathematically orieented problems will be given in the homework assigtnments, rather than on the exam.
Homework Page: Homework assignments & solutions will soon be posted on this page.
Problems will be assigned & graded on a regular basis. Doing problems is the most effective means of learning physics, which is impossible otherwise!!
Homework is due at 5pm on the due date. To keep up, do assignments as soon as material is covered. If you wait to the last day, you may run into trouble!!
No late homework will be accepted!!
You are strongly encouraged to form groups to work on homework & study together! This is how scientists & engineers work in real situations!  NO CONSULTATION with people who had this course previously is allowed! NO use of problem solutions posted in previous years! This is on the honor system! It will do you no good to merely copy old solutions! Copying solutions will NOT teach you physics!
Semester Project
Library Research Paper + Presentation
This is to be done on an advanced topic/application of semiconductor physics that we don't cover in class. This will be due near the end of the semester. Oral presentations on the same subject will take place then. The paper should be 5-10 typed pages & written in the style of a scientific paper, with all (several) sources properly cited. The presentation should be about 0.5 hour long. It can be (but isn’t required to be!) done in Power Point.
You should have the topic picked by mid-semester!!!
Topics must be approved by me before you begin.

Miscellaneous Topics
1. Dr. Myles:  Do you want to know more about him (education, experience, research, personal, etc.)?
     See his Homepage & Research Page.
2. Physics Contributions of 20th Century Women! Did you ever wonder why there aren't more women physicists?
    Actually, a number of women made some very important contributions to many areas of physics in the 1900's.
    Here is a website which discusses this in detail!
3. Semiconductor Physics Pioneers Web Pages: 
     I. Nobel Prize in Physics, 1956 for the invention of the transistor!
        a. John Bardeen, Bardeen Tribute
        b. Walter Brattain, Brattain Tribute 
        c. William Shockley, Shockley Tribute, Shockley Wierdness
4. Click Here for a link to semiconductor physics java applets. 
     These are interactive animations which can teach you some of the basics of semiconductor physics.
5. Click Here for a link to the "Britney Spears' Guide to Semiconductor Physics" (no kidding!).
6. Physics News
     a. Physics Central (for the public)
     b. Focus News (advanced level) from the APS.
8. Click Here to see the Top 10 most influential people of the last 1000 years.
     4 of them made contributions to physics! (Borrowed from Dr. Tom Gibson!).
9. Click Here to  see that Physics can be Fun!
10.  If you want more fun with Physics & with other science as well, the following is for you! I'm sure that you all have heard of the Nobel Prizes. Well, have you ever heard of the Ig-Nobel Prizes? These are real prizes, awarded each fall in a ceremony at Harvard U. to the most entertaining research published recent years in several areas. The research projects sound strange, but each is a REAL research project published in a REAL scientific journal. For the most part, researchers receiving an Ig Nobel are practicing scientists, some of them are really very distinguished & a few of them have also been awarded a Nobel Prize. The presentation ceremony streamed live on the internet. The Ig Nobel website has downloadable video clips of the ceremonies. The Ig Nobel presentations are always made by Nobel Prize winners.  The Ig Nobels are awarded by the same people who publish the Journal of Improbable Research (JIR). There are two requirements for a research paper to be published in JIR: The paper must contain actual research that  A. Makes People Laugh and B. Makes People Think! These are also the two requirements for research to be considered for an Ig Nobel Prize. 

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