**Spring 2013**

__Instructor__

Dept. of Electrical Engineering,
University of Notre Dame

Office: Fitz 271

__Class
Hours __

Spring 2013
– Mondays and Wednesdays.

11:45 pm – 1:00 pm, DBRT 202.

Office hours: TBD.

__Prerequisites
__

Undergraduate
level Solid-State Physics and Quantum Mechanics.

__Objectives__

The class will provide graduate
students with a solid understanding of the basic underlying physics of
semiconductors that lead to practical applications. Starting from electronic bandstructure,
we will cover topics such as electron-photon and electron-phonon interactions,
charge scattering by defects and transport, and optical properties of
semiconductors. Quantum confinement
effects in optical devices, ballistic transistors, and tunneling FETs will be
covered.

__Topics
[Reading]__

1) Recap of
quantum mechanics [Kroemer
Chp 1 & relevant sections, Notes]

2) Formulation of
the transport problem: Electric current
[Notes]

3) Ballistic
transport and nanoscale FETs [Natori (paper), Lundstrom (paper), Notes]

4) Time-independent
perturbation theory [Kroemer
Chps 14 & 15, k.p
bandstructure, Notes]

5) Electron bandstructure and quantized states [Kroemer
Chp 17, effective mass
theory, quantized
structures, Notes]

6) Time-dependent
perturbation theory [Kroemer Chp
19, Notes]

7) Electron-photon
interactions, optical properties, LEDs and Lasers [Notes]

8) Electron-phonon
interaction and scattering [Notes]

9) Electron-defect
interaction and scattering [Notes]

10) Mobility,
drift-diffusion, quasi-ballistic FETs [Notes]

11) High
Field-Phenomena: Tunneling transport and tunnel-FETs [Notes]

12) Bottom-up
transport: The Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function (NEGF) approach [Notes]

__Assignments__

1 - pdf due: 02/11

2 - pdf due: 02/25

3 - pdf due: 03/22

4 - pdf due: 05/03

__Supporting
Slides__

Slides (pdf)

__Supporting
Illustrations (Mathematica)__

File (*.nb) Note: Right click and save
on your computer first to use it.

__Textbooks__

None
required. I will post reading material
and suggest book sections for reading when necessary.

Suggested References

1) Quantum
Mechanics for Engineering: Material Science and Applied Physics [Most useful
reference]

Herbert Kroemer

2) Fundamentals of
Carrier Transport [2nd most useful reference]

Mark Lundstrom

3) Quantum
Transport: Atom to Transistor [Best treatment of ballistic FET physics]

Supriyo Datta

4) Physics of
Low-Dimensional Semiconductors

John Davies

5) Physical Properties
of Semiconductors

Wolfe, Holonyak, and Stillman

6) Fundamentals of Semiconductors:
Physics and Material Properties

Peter Y. Yu
& Manuel Cardona

7) Physics of
Photonic Devices [3rd most useful reference (if you are interested in optical
properties)]

S. L. Chuang

__Grading__

- Students taking the course for credit are required to
choose a research topic for a project early in the class. Evaluation will be based on project
reports, and presentations.
- Project reports that are of sufficiently high quality will
be considered for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and/or presented
in conferences.

__Presentation
Schedule__

__Contact__

Email: djena
at nd dot edu if you have
any questions.