3.15 Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Materials and Devices

Fall 2006

A 3-D simulation of current flow in a bipolar transistor.
A three-dimensional simulation of current flow in a bipolar transistor. (Image courtesy of the National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes, exams, and a complete set of problem sets in the assignments section.

Course Description

This course explores the relationships which exist between the performance of electrical, optical, and magnetic devices and the microstructural characteristics of the materials from which they are constructed. The class uses a device-motivated approach which emphasizes emerging technologies. Device applications of physical phenomena are considered, including electrical conductivity and doping, transistors, photodetectors and photovoltaics, luminescence, light emitting diodes, lasers, optical phenomena, photonics, ferromagnetism, and magnetoresistance.

Special Features

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Caroline Ross

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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