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 the materials physics of electronic and optoelectronic devices. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the following topics: i) electrical conduction (transport) in solids based on quantum mechanics and modern band theory, ii) lattice vibration and thermal conduction (transport) in solids, iii) major properties of bulk and nanostructured semiconductors, iv) effects of dopant impurities and defects in semiconductors, and v) the principles of light-solid interactions.