Introduction to Physical Electronics
Technical Elective for ECE
Catalog Data: 

ECE 451A –Introduction to Physical Electronics (3 units)
Description:  This course introduces the students to
the basics of physical electronics. The students are expected to learn: the motion of charged particles in vacuum, plasma, and solid state; the elements of electron optics, relativity and quantum mechanics; classical and quantum statistics; practical applications of Physical Electronics. They will also learn to research the literature on selected topics.

Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.

May be convened with:  ECE 551A.

Usually offered:  Spring

ECE 381A

K. E. Lonngren, Introduction to Physical Electronics, Allyn and Bacon, Boston

Course Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, the student will understand

  1. The basic properties of the electron
  2. Motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields
  3. The elements of electron and ion optics
  4. The elements of relativity
  5. The basic ideas of quantum mechanics
  6. Classical and quantum statistic
Course Topics: 
  • The electron.
  • Motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields.
  • Elements of electron and ion optics.
  • Elements of relativity.
  • Photoeffect.
  • Compton effect.
  • Atom models.
  • Light.
  • X-rays.
  • The basic ideas of quantum mechanics.
  • The uncertainty principle.
  • Schrodinger’s equation.
  • Tunnel effect.
  • Classical and quantum statistics.
  • Applications.
  • Electron microscope.
  • Particle accelerators.
  • The quantum computer.
Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Two 75-minute lecture sessions per week.

Relationship to Student Outcomes: 

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (High)
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic
    constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, 
    and sustainability  (Medium)
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (High)
g) an ability to communicate effectively (Medium)
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global,
    economic, environmental, and societal context  (Medium)
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.  (High)

Prepared by: 
Dr. Miklos Szilagyi
Prepared Date: 

University of Arizona College of Engineering