Spring 2014

__Instructor__

Dept. of Electrical Engineering,
University of Notre Dame

Office: Fitz 271

__Class
Hours __

Spring 2014
– Mondays and Wednesdays.

9:30 am – 10:45 am, DBRT 149.

Makeup classes: Some Fridays 5:30
– 7:30 @ Fitz 356A.

__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 [notes1]

2) Formulation of
the transport problem: Electric current [notes2]

3) Ballistic
transport and nanoscale FETs [notes3, Natori’s paper]

4) Time-independent
perturbation theory [notes4]

5) Electron bandstructure and quantized states [notes5]

6) Time-dependent
perturbation theory [notes6]

7) Electron-photon
interactions, optical properties, LEDs and Lasers [notes7]

8) Electron-phonon
interaction and scattering [notes8]

9) Electron-defect
interaction and scattering [notes9]

10) Mobility,
drift-diffusion, quasi-ballistic FETs [notes10]

11) High
Field-Phenomena: Tunneling transport and tunnel-FETs [notes11]

12) Bottom-up
transport: The Non-Equilibrium Green’s Function (NEGF) approach [notes12]

__Assignments__

1 - pdf posted: 01/25 due: 02/05

2 - pdf posted: 02/16 due: 02/28

3 - pdf posted: 03/09 due: 03/28

4 - pdf posted: 04/14 due: 05/07

__Supporting
Slides__

Slides (pdf)

__Supporting
Illustrations (Mathematica)__

File (*.nb) Note: 1) Right click and save on your computer. 2)
It downloads as a *.nb.txt file. Remove the .txt, and say yes when asked if
you want to keep .nb extension.

Here is a hands-on introduction
to Mathematica.

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

S. L. Chuang

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

Supriyo Datta

5) Physics of
Low-Dimensional Semiconductors

John Davies

6) Physical
Properties of Semiconductors

Wolfe, Holonyak, and Stillman

__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.