EECS 176 Fundamentals of Solid-State Eletronics and Materials (2015-2016)

EECS 176 Fundamentals of Solid-State Eletronics and Materials

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for EE and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

EECS 176 Fundamentals of Solid-State Eletronics and Materials (Credit Units: 4) Physical properties of semiconductors and the roles materials play in device operation. Topics include: crystal structure, phonon vibrations, energy band, transport phenomenon, optical properties and quantum confinement effect essential to the understanding of electronic, optoelectronic and nanodevices. Prerequisite: EECS170A. Electrical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471316275.

Recommended Textbook:

Kittel, C., Introduction to Solid-State Physics, 8th edition, John Wiley, 2004.

A. Lee Swindlehurst
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC b.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Describe the structural properties of Si, and III-V compound semiconductor. (EAC a, EAC b)

2. Understand the concept of carrier mobility and what affect carrier mobility. (EAC a, EAC b)

3. Understand optical absorption and emission process in semiconductors. (EAC a, EAC b)

4. Understand the band structure of a semiconductor in relation to its transport and optical properties. (EAC a, EAC b)

5. Understand the fabrication technology for making quantum confined structures. (EAC a, EAC b)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Understanding of basic freshman and sophomore physics.
  • Understanding of engineering materials at the E 54, a sophomore-level course. Electronics I which covers basic semiconductor device principles.
Lecture Topics:

The course is aimed at providing a comprehensive overview on current and practice and underlying principles of microfabrication as applied to diverse field of microelectronics, MEMS and photonics.

Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Electrical Engineering Major Design experience.

Design Content Description
Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Home work: 20%
  • Midterm exam: 20%
  • Term paper/Presentation: 30%
  • Final exam: 30%
  • 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: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

August 6, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr