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 awebpage 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 shoparound for this book & to find the best price for you.
Given the book cost, wouldn't it be worthwhile toREAD IT???
Supplemental Text Books
of Semiconductor Physics,
by Peter Y. Yu
& Manuel Cardona (Springer-Verlag).
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,
READthe materialBEFOREI 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
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
knowledge of elementary
quantum mechanics & elementary
statistical physics is assumed. Some knowledge of elementary solid state physicswould
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 GRADUATEcourse!! The
text is at a
level somewhere between some undergraduate & some graduate
Objective: To introduce students
to semiconductor MATERIALSphysics.(Microscopic properties!) This is NOT
semiconductor devicecourse! If you want a device course,
this isn’t it!! (Physics 5336IS a device course. Take it!). However,
near semester’s end, a
device applications may be discussed. This
course is complementary to, but it is definitely NOT a replacement forPhysics 4309-5304, Solid 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 isHere.Course
details, including discussions of
Homework, Exams, Semester Project & the grading scheme, are found
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 themBEFOREwe
cover the material in class. You
can print them, several
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
at evaluating the students’ grasp of the physics & identification
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!!
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!!
encouraged to form groups to
work on homework & study together! This
is how scientists & engineers work in real situations!NO
people who had this
course previously is allowed! NO
of problem solutions posted in previous years!This
the honor system! It will do
you no good to merely copy old solutions! Copying solutions will NOT
teach you physics!
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
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 about0.5
hour long. It can be (but
isn’t required to be!) done in
You should have the topic picked by
Topics must be approved by me before you begin.
1. Dr. Myles: Do you want to know more about him (education,
experience, research, personal, etc.)?
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 REALresearch
project published in aREALscientific
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