Electrical and Optical Properties of Materials
Technical Elective for ECE
Catalog Data: 

3 credit hours.  Properties of semiconducting materials as related to crystal structure, interatomic bonding and defect structures.
Regular Grades: A,B,C,D,E
Also offered as:    MSE 434, OPTI 434

PHYS 241

Simmons and Potter, Optical Materials, Academic Press, 2000.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
  1. classify optical properties and electrical properties of materials according to material type, structure and physical properties
Course Topics: 
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Waves and Wave Propagation Waves
    • Electromagnetic Spectrum
    • Wave Propagation
    • Dispersion and Material Polarizability
    • Kramers-Kronig relations
    • Phonons
    • Measurement Techniques
  • Chapter 2: Conductors
    • Drude Model
    • Band Structure
    • Coloration
    • Measurement Techniques
  • Chapter 3: Insulators
    • Harmonic Oscillator
    • Refractive Index and Dispersion
    • Reflection and Transmission
    • Attenuation
    • Scattering
    • Measurement Techniques
  • Chapter 4: Special Topics
  • Chapter 5: Semiconductors
    • Free-electron Models
    • Band Structure
    • Impurities
    • Optical Response
    • Measurement Techniques
  • 6. Chapter 6: Lasers
    • Review of Laser operation
    • Spontaneous Emission, basic cavity design, population inversion
    • Examples of Lasers
Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Three 50-minute lecture sessions per week

Relationship to Student Outcomes: 

a)    an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (High)
d)    an ability to function on multi-disciplinary terms (High)
e)    an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (High)
g)    an ability to communicate effectively (Medium)
i)     a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning (Low)
k)    an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for
       engineering practice.  (Low)

Prepared by: 
Dr. Kelly Potter
Prepared Date: 

University of Arizona College of Engineering