Debdeep Jena

Professor, Cornell Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Departments

Graduate Field Faculty, Cornell Applied and Engineering Physics

Cornell University



Bio and CV 

Professor         2015-Now       Cornell            ECE & MSE, AEP graduate field faculty

Professor         2003-2014       Notre Dame    EE      

Ph.D.               2003                UCSB              ECE, Electronics and Photonics, Thesis

B.S.                 1998                IIT Kanpur     EE major, Physics minor



Publications Group Conferences


We are a semiconductors devices group.  Our primary goal is to make new devices to exploit, and understand new physics.  This approach leads us naturally to explore some of the fundamental limits of semiconductor devices.  In recent years, we are immersed in research on the following topics (in collaboration with Prof. Xing’s group):

-       the performance limits of ultrahigh speed GaN transistors,

-       wide bandgap semiconductor transistors for power electronics (see presentation),

-       all-electronic THz sources,

-       ultra-low power sub-Boltzmann switching transistors by tunneling and other correlated mechanisms,

-       deep-UV LEDs and lasers approaching 200 nm using quantum dots, and

-       extreme-electron concentration materials and phase change devices in oxides.


Often this research path requires us to explore new materials.  We grow the new materials by ourselves using Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), or work very closely with groups that do.  Currently the materials families we are investigating for the above devices are: Nitride Semiconductors, Graphene & 2D Crystals, and Oxide Semiconductors.


The goal to make devices also requires, or results in, a deep theoretical understanding of electron transport, electron-phonon interactions, light-matter interactions, geometric and topological aspects of condensed matter physics, and correlated electron physics.  We do a significant amount of theory and modeling ourselves, and work closely with theoreticians when things get out of our reach. 



2017 Fall         ECE 5390/MSE 5472             Quantum Transport in Electron Devices and Novel Materials

2017 Spring     ECE 4070/MSE 6050             Physics of Semiconductors and Nanostructures (Lecture Videos)

2016 Fall         ECE 4300                                Lasers and Optoelectronics (Lecture Videos)

2016 Spring     MSE 5460/ECE 5570             Compound Semiconductors Materials Science (Lecture Videos)

2015 Fall         ECE 5390/MSE 5472             Quantum Transport in Electron Devices and Novel Materials (Lecture Videos)

2015 Fall         ENGR 1050                            Engineering Seminar

2015 Summer  Unlisted                                  Solid State Devices: Short Summer Course (Lecture Videos)

2015 Spring     ECE 4070/MSE 5470             Physics of Semiconductors and Nanostructures

Older classes.  I love teaching courses on Solid State Electronic and Photonic Devices (Transistors, LEDs and Lasers), Quantum Mechanics, Solid-State Physics, Electromagnetic Fields & Waves, and Materials Science of Semiconductors.  Thanks to my students for Teaching awards.



I enjoy sharing the joy of the history of science and mathematics.


The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. – Steven Weinberg