Prerequisite ECE 162A quantum mechanics or consent of instructor

Instructor Prof. Nicola Hill, Room 2007 MRL x7920, nahill@mrl.ucsb.edu

Office Hours Tuesday 2.30-3.30 pm.

TA
Jennifer Dolan, jdolan@engineering.ucsb.edu

Office Hours M, Th 2.30-3.30 pm, ECE TA trailer

Class Time Lecture: Monday 8-9.50
am, Wednesday 8-8.50 am.

Discussion Wednesday 9-9.50 am.

Place
2129 Girvetz

**Course goals:**

1) To understand the terminology and fundamental physics behind the

properties of solids (particularly semiconductors).

2) To show how these properties influence the operation of solid

state devices.

3) To learn enough to pass the solid state section of the Materials

Department prelim. exam.

**Course outline:**

Crystal structure.

Crystal binding.

Electronic structure of metals; the free electron model.

Electronic structure of semiconductors; the nearly free electron

and tight-binding models.

Properties of intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors.

Basics of semiconductor devices; p-n junctions

Properties of insulators.

Phonons (dead week).

**Books:**

Suggested text A.P.
Sutton *Electronic structure of materials,*
Oxford, 1996. $35.00

The ``Classic'' C.
Kittel * Introduction to solid
state physics*, Wiley, 1996. $77.30

Another nice one H. Ibach and H. Luth *Solid-state
physics : An introduction to principles of materials science*, Springer-Verlag,
1995. $39.95

``Easy reading'' J.D. Livingston, *Electronic
properties of engineering materials,* Wiley, 1999. $106.95

Semiconductor devices R.F. Pierret and G.W. Neudeck, *Modular
series on solid state devices*, vols. 1 and 2, Addison-Wesley, 1987,
$21 each.

There is no perfect book for this class, so the lectures will be

supplemented with reading material. If you find an alternative

text which you prefer, it is fine for you to use that instead of

the suggested text.

**Rules:**

There will be a homework set assigned every Wednesday which

will be due *at the beginning of discussion* the following Wednesday.

You are encouraged to work together on solving the homework problems

but the final write up must be your own.

Homework which is one day late can earn a maximum of 90 %

of the total score, two days late 80 %, etc. **Homework turned
in**
**after the discussion is considered 1 day late.** Your lowest score
won't

count towards your grade, or you can skip one homework completely if
you are

sick/travelling/busy, etc.

The grade distribution is 30 % for the homework, 30 % for

the midterm (Monday Feb 12th in class) and 40 % for the

final (Wednesday March 21st, 8-11am). LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY IF

YOU HAVE CONFLICTS WITH THE EXAM TIMES.

You'll be allowed to bring in one single-sided

page of notes (8.5 x 11) into the mid-term. For the final you can

have notes on both sides.