**Spring 2018,
Cornell University**

__Instructor__

Instructor: Prof. Debdeep Jena (web)

Departments of ECE and MSE, Cornell
University

Office: Phillips Hall 428B

__Teaching
Assistant__

TBD

__Class
Hours __

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:40 am – 12:55
pm @ Phillips 403

Office hours: TBD

__Prerequisites__

ECE 4060
or a course in basic quantum mechanics.
Assumes
exposure to basic quantum mechanics and statistical physics.

__Course
Contents__** [Cornell
roster information]**

Covers basic solid state and semiconductor
physics relevant for understanding electronic and optical devices. Topics
include crystalline structures, bonding in atoms and solids, energy bands in
solids, electron statistics and dynamics in energy bands, effective mass
equation, carrier transport in solids, Boltzmann transport equation,
semiconductor homo- and hetero-junctions, optical processes in semiconductors,
electronic and optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures,
semiconductor quantum wells, wires, and dots, electron transport in reduced
dimensions, semiconductor lasers and optoelectronics, high-frequency response
of electrons in solids and plasmons.

__Outcomes__

+ Learn basic principles of solid
state and semiconductor physics needed to understand modern electronic
and photonic devices.

+ Learn how engineering materials and structures
at the nanoscale enables novel electronic and photonic properties for a wide
variety of engineering applications.

+ Learn the relationship between basic science
and engineering applications.

Course info
sheet

Course calendar
[planned]

Course slides
and Mathematica
file for reference

Course Notes, Summary
Notes, Heterojunctions

Course Website
and Lecture Videos
from the 2017 version of the class

Course Piazza link for discussions

The periodic
table

The Semiconductor Properties Database

__Topics:__

0) Course Information
[History of Semiconductors]

1) Classical
free-electron models of solids

2) Quantum mechanics of
electrons in atoms to nanostructures to bulk solids

3) Crystals,
bandstructure of metals, semiconductors, insulators [e.g. Si, graphene, 2D
atomic materials, nanotubes…]

4) Electron statistics, Doping
and dynamics in bands

5) Quantum/ballistic
electron transport, conductance quantization

6) The effective mass
theorem, semiconductor heterostructures: Designer quantum wells, wires, dots

7) Nanoelectronic device
example: The ballistic field-effect transistor

8) Tunneling, The
Boltzmann transport equation, Phonons, Scattering, and Fermi’s golden rule

9) Electron-photon
interaction, optical interband and intraband processes

10) Nanophotonic device
example(s): LEDs, Lasers, Photovoltaics

__Assignments__

1 - pdf posted: 01/31/2018 due: 02/09/2018

2 - pdf posted: 02/11/2018 due: 02/23/2018

3 - pdf posted: 03/03/2018 due: 03/18/2018

4 - pdf posted: 03/23/2018 due: 04/13/2018

5 - pdf posted: 04/22/2018 due: 05/03/2018

6 - pdf posted: 05/05/2018 due: 05/15/2018

__Exams and Grades__

Other than the assignments, there will be two written prelim
exams, and a written final exam. Here is the approximate breakup of scores that
will go towards your final grade:

35% Assignments

15% Prelim 1 [Thursday March 1^{st}, 2018]

20% Prelim 2 [Thursday April 12^{th}, 2018]

30% Final [Saturday May 19^{th}, 2018]

__Demonstrations and Laboratories__

A few demonstrations will be performed in the course. Some course
assignments may include laboratory components or demonstrations.

__Textbooks__

The **required reading **will be the posted handouts. No text
is required, but you are strongly encouraged to refer to the following texts:

-Ashcroft and Mermin (Solid State Physics)

-Kittel (Introduction to Solid State Physics)

-Davies (The Physics of Low Dimensional Semiconductors)

-Kroemer (Quantum Mechanics)

-Griffiths (Quantum Mechanics, if you have not had quantum before)