E280E: Photovoltaic Materials

This course focuses on the fundamentals of photovoltaic energy conversion with respect to the physical principals of operation and design of efficient semiconductor solar cell devices. This course aims to equip students with the concepts and analytical skills necessary to assess the utility and viability of various modern photovoltaic technologies in the context of a…

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E281: Thin Film Science for Materials Scientists and Electrical Engineers

This course covers the materials science and processing of thin film coatings that incorporates fundamental knowledge of materials transport, accumulation, defects and epitaxy. Through this course, an understanding of the fundamental physical and chemical processes which are involved in crystal growth and thin film fabrication will be gained. Important synthesis and processing techniques used for…

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E280B: Properties of Dielectric and Magnetic Materials

This course presents the fundamental understanding and working knowledge of dielectric, magnetic, etc. (so-called) functional materials. This includes coverage of insulators, conductors (both electrical, ionic, and thermal), dielectric/ferroelectric/piezoelectric, anti-ferro/ferro/ferrimagnetic, multiferroic/magneto-electric, optical, and other functional materials. The interplay between crystal, electronic, chemical, and microstructural degrees of freedom in functional materials will be explored. The connection between…

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E280C: Semiconductor Materials

This course focuses on modern physics, processing and applications of semiconductor materials. Topics covered include semiconductor growth, band structure, carrier statistics, point defects, nanostructures and quantum confinement, electrostatics, electrodynamics, classical dielectric theory, Boltzmann transport theory, phonons and thermal physics, thermoelectrics, optical effects, device physics of light emitting diodes and solar cells, and emerging exotic semiconductors.

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E280A: Electronic properties of materials

Introduction to the physical principles underlying the electronic properties of solids from macroscopic to nano dimensions. General solid state physics will be taught in the context of technological applications, including the structure of solids, behavior of electrons and atomic vibration in periodic lattice, and interaction of light with solids. Emphasis will be on semiconductors and…

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E280D: Optical Properties of Materials

This course provides an overview of the fundamental physics, processing and device applications of optical materials, including conventional and van der Waals semiconductors, plasmonic materials, metamaterials, etc. The course is designed to give students an introduction of the recent developments in the fields of optical materials and nanophotonics; including light-matter interactions, plasmonic materials and their…

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E284: Power Electronics – Efficient and Reliable Electric Energy Conversion

This course is designed to introduce the key components, circuit topologies, and control techniques for the efficient conversion of electrical energy. Basic circuit topologies to provide DC/DC and AC/DC power conversion will be introduced, as will metrics of performance, such as efficiency and power factor. The key components of energy conversion, such as power semiconductors,…

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