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2-3 PM

Monday & Wednesday

Or by Appointment

SPRING 2006, 2007,2008

Ph 440/540,  441/541 PHYSICS OF SOLID STATE DEVICES (4,4) -- This class is intended to provide the physical basis necessary for understanding the operation, technology, and design of solid state devices, rather than their application.  Topics will include:  introduction to and application of certain concepts of quantum physics to solids, effect of periodicity in solids on electron energy states, electron statistics, metals, insulators, semiconductors and superconductors, thermionic and field assisted electron emission, electron scattering and mobility of charge carriers, intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, quantitative treatment of p-n function, diffusion and recombination of excess carriers, quantitative treatment of electron injection, majority and minority components of the junction current, breakdown, quantitative treatments of bipolar junction transistor, field effect transistor and tunnel diodes, and physics of metal-semiconductor and metal-insulator-semiconductor junctions and devices.  Prerequisites:  Ph 312 or Ph 318.

Textbooks:                                                        Pierret C Semiconductor Device Fundamentals

                                                                Brennan & Brown C Theory of Modern Electronic Semiconductor Devices



4 - 5:15 PM

Monday & Wednesday

Or by Appointment


Ph 378U/Sci 355U  SCIENCE THROUGH SCIENCE FICTION (4) --  Also listed as Sci 355; course may be taken only once for credit. This Writing Intensive Class (WIC) uses science fiction literature to examine a wide variety of topics in science. Students are expected to write an essay a week on assigned topics such as Newtonian mechanics in outer space, weather on an alien planet, and the inflationary theory of the Big Bang. These essays will also need to discuss how these topics are treated in the assigned books. Lectures will cover Newtonian mechanics, Special and General Relativity, the Big Bang, Stellar Evolution, Nucelosynthesis, terrestrial weather, and other topics. Class discussion often leads to new topics being covered. By the end of the term, we expect that you will have developed critical analysis skills for scientific speculation, understand how science enhances projections of future societies and situations (Risk Analysis), and improved skills in organizing and writing essays on any topic.

Astronomy, General Physics, or Natural Science Inquiry

Textbook - None