ELEC 4705  Electronic Materials


Special messages will be posted here.




Tom Smy (Rm 4154 -- Mornings!)

Suggested Reading;

        Electronic properties of materials.
        Hummel, Rolf E., 1934- 2nd ed. Berlin, Springer-Verlag. 1992 404 p.
        CALL NUMBER: QC176.H86 1993

        Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices - Safa Kasop

There is a great deal of material books, lectures, notes, and public domain information dealing with the course material. It would be wise to do supplemental reading. The lectures will delimitate the material to be covered.

Matlab code for "toy" simulators used to illustrate a number of physical effects are in the git repository at 4700Code. Students are encouraged to goto the repo (it is public) create a branch identified by their name and enhance, debug the code. This effort will be worth bonus marks if significant.

Mark Breakdown

Final: 40.00%
Tests: Four at 15% each -- you must take at least 3 quizzes to pass the course.

The mark weight on any quiz that has a lower mark than that of the final will be automatically transferred to the final.

For example if you get 75% on the final and 0%, 65%, 85%, 85%  on the three quizes, I will calculate your mark as

75%*(0.40+0.30) + 85%*0.30

TA info:

    Aarron English (aaron.a.english "the usual thing" gmail.com )

    Is available for consultation on the course material. Email him for appointments.

Term Quizzes:

Each test is designed to be 45 min. in length. However, everybody will be given the entire lecture time to complete it.

Quiz Dates:

    1) Sept. 28 (Wed.)   solution (Average 13.3/20).
    2) Oct. 19 (Wed.)   solution.
    3) Nov. 9 (Wed.)   solution.
    4) Nov. 30 (Wed.)

Last Years Quizes:

    1) Sept. 26 (Thurs.)    solution (Average 15.2/30).
    2) Oct. 15 (Thurs.)     solution (Average 16.2/30).
    3) Nov. 10 (Tues) solution (Average 15/25).
    4) Nov. 24 (Tues) solution (Average 13.5/20)

Two Years Ago Quizes:

    1) solution (Average 11.8/25).
    2) solution (Average 13.1/25).
    3) solution (Average 17/25)
    4) solution (Average 17/25)

Example Quizes and Finals:

Example Final (2002) 

Example Final (2011) 

Equations you must know!

Lecture notes

  lecture 1: Introduction (Sept. 7)

  lecture 2: Classical Physics (Sept. 12)   Old  Key Slides and Questions

  lecture 3: Introduction to Quantum (Sept. 14)   Old  Key Slides and Questions   Good book!   Another book!   Things Get Real!

  lecture 4: Electron WavePackets (Sept. 19)   Old  Key Slides and Questions

  lecture 5: Wells and Electrons (Sept. 21)   Old  Key Slides and Questions

  lecture 6: Tunneling (Sept. 26)   ppt  Key Slides and Questions

    Quiz 1 Sept. 28 (Wed.) (Lectures 1-6 inclusive)

  lecture 7: Crystals (Oct 3)   Old  Key Slides and Questions

  lecture 8: Bands and Conduction (Oct 5)   Old   Old2  Key Slides and Questions

  Holiday Oct. 10

  lecture 9: Introduction to Semiconductors (Oct 12)  Old  Key Slides and Questions

 lecture 10: Optical Effects and Transport (Oct. 17)  ppt  Key Slides and Questions

    Quiz 2 Oct. 19 (Wed.) (Lectures 7-10 inclusive)

  Break week for Oct. 24 and Oct. 28

 lecture 11: Schottky and PN Diodes (Oct. 31)  Key Slides and Questions

 lecture 12: Bipolar Transistors (Nov. 2)  Key Slides and Questions

 lecture 13: Field Effect Transistors (Nov. 7)  Key Slides and Questions

    Quiz 3 Nov. 9 (Wed) (Lectures 11-13 inclusive)

 lecture 14: Optical Systems (Nov. 14)  Key Slides and Questions

 lecture 15: Lasers, LEDs, Solar Cells and Photo-diodes (Nov. 16)  Key Slides and Questions

 lecture 16: IC Fabrication (Nov. 21)  Key Slides   Questions

 lecture 17: MEMS (Nov. 23)  Key Slides   Questions

 lecture 18: Nano (Nov. 28)   Cool cars on chips  Key Slides   Questions

    Quiz 4 Nov. 30 (Wed.) (Lectures: 14-18 inclusive)

 lecture 19: Nano dots and quantum effects and Review (Dec. 5)  Key Slides   Questions

Old Lectures -- for background

 lecture 2: Classical Physics! 

 lecture 3: Basic QM!

 lecture 4: Wave Packets!

 lecture 5: Electron in a Box!

 lecture 6: QM Tunnelling!

 lecture 7: Electron in Crystal!

 lecture 8: Band Structures and Conduction!

 lecture 9: Filling the bands and n and p!

 lecture 10: Semiconductors and carrier flow!

 lecture 11: Light!

 lecture 13: Diodes (Schottky and pn)!

 lecture 14: BJT!

 lecture 15: MOSFET!

 lecture 16: IC Fabrication

 lecture 17: MEMS

 lecture 18: Nano

 lecture 19: Nano dots and quantum effects

 lecture 20: Optical Systems! 

 lecture 21: Optical Amp/Lasers/Detectors!

Course Content Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Describe the relationship between Classical and Modern Physics
  2. Present a basic understanding of Quantum Mechanics and its implications
  3. Be able to describe the physics of an electron in a finite and infinite well
  4. Describe the physics of quantum mechanical tunneling.
  5. Explain the origin and physics of a band structure and its implications
  6. Explain the behavior of electron in crystals by using the concept of a band structure.
  7. Describe the physics of carrier flow in semiconductors.
  8. Explain the basic operation of the electronic devices: BJT, Mosfet and diodes.
  9. Explain the basic operation of the photonic devices: photodiodes, laser and fiber
  10. Provide a description of Micro-machining, nano-technology and IC fabrication.

Academic Accommodation You may need special arrangements to meet your academic obligations during the term. For an accommodation request the processes are as follows: Pregnancy obligation: write to me with any requests for academic accommodation during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist. For more details visit the Equity Services website http://www2.carleton.ca/equity/accommodation/ Religious obligation: write to me with any requests for academic accommodation during the first two weeks of class, or as soon as possible after the need for accommodation is known to exist. For more details visit the Equity Services website http://www2.carleton.ca/equity/accommodation/ Students with disabilities requiring academic accommodations in this course must register with the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC) for a formal evaluation of disability-related needs. Documented disabilities could include but are not limited to mobility/physical impairments, specific Learning Disabilities (LD), psychiatric/psychological disabilities, sensory disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and chronic medical conditions. Registered PMC students are required to contact the PMC, 613-520-6608, every term to ensure that I receive your Letter of Accommodation, no later than two weeks before the first assignment is due or the first in-class test/midterm requiring accommodations. If you only require accommodations for your formally scheduled exam(s) in this course, please submit your request for accommodations to PMC by the deadlines published on the PMC website: http://www2.carleton.ca/pmc/new- and-current-students/dates-and-deadlines/