CBEMS 169 Electronic and Optical Properties in Materials (2012-2013)

CBEMS 169 Electronic and Optical Properties in Materials

(Required for MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 169 Electronic and Optical Properties in Materials (Credit Units: 4) Covers the electronic, optical, and dielectric properties of crystalline and amorphous materials to provide a foundation of the underlying physical principles governing the properties of existing and emerging electronic and photonic materials. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 7D and 7E; Mathematics 3A and 3D. Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0199565924.

Recommended Textbook:

Safa Kasap, Principles of Electronic Materials and Devices. 3rd Edition, McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2005, ISBN-13 978-0071244589.

Regina Ragan
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC i, EAC j, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Will understand basic quantum mechanics. (EAC a)

2. Apply science (basic and advanced), mathematics, and engineering fundamentals to describe the relationship between electron transport, material properties, and the modeling of semiconductor devices (EAC a)

3. Understand that materials are continually evolving requiring continuing education to learn about advances in semiconductor devices. (EAC i)

4. Understand contemporary issues related to semiconductors that influence trends in business and technology and materials profession. (EAC j)

5. Apply and integrate knowledge from each of the four primary elements of Materials Science and Engineering (structure, properties, processing and performance) to construct useful devices. (EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic

Linear Algebra, Differential Equations. Electricity and magnetism. Optics

Lecture Topics:
  • Dispersion relationships and reciprocal lattice
  • Lattice vibrations and thermal properties
  • Classical free electron theory of metals
  • Quantum mechanics of electrons in crystals
  • Semiconductor material bandstructure
  • Pn junctions and solid state devices (FETs)
  • Magnetism
  • Absorption/optical constants
  • Lasing/luminescence
  • Current device topics
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Computer usage is required for some homework assignments.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute to the students’ knowledge of physically observed phenomena in solid material systems.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • midterm 30%
  • quizzes 15%
  • homework 20%
  • Final exam: 35%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

April 16, 2012
Senate Approved:
January 10, 2012
Approved Effective:
2012 Fall Qtr