PHY 420: Solid State Physics/Devices,

 Spring 2002


Text: Solid State Electronic Devices, B.G. Streetman, S. Banerjee, 5th ed.

Instructor: Dr. Matt Marone Room 112 Willet Science Center

                  Phone 301-2597, e-mail:

Office Hours: M/F 2:00-2:50, outside of these hours by appointment


Lecture: MWF 11:00-11:50  WSC 106, TR 1:40-2:55 WSC 102

Prerequisite: Per-requisite Phy162



     The purpose of this class is to explain the physics of solid state devices.  How does a transistor work?  What makes an LED light up?  In order to understand solid state devices, we must cover the basics of conduction in solids, simple quantum mechanics, crystal structures, solid state chemistry, electronic circuits, and production techniques.  Solid state physics is an intensely active research area that has shaped our modern technological society. 


 A (90 and above), B+ (85-89), B (80-84), C+ (75-79), C (70-74), D (60-69) F (below 60)


Your Final class grade will be derived from the following percentages

            Average of 3 Tests (30%)

            Homework (15%)

                Final Exam (20%)

            Laboratory (35%)



You will not be graded on a “curve”.


Extra Credit will only be available on in class exams, if available at all.


Tests: Make-up exams will only be given to students with valid excuses as defined by the university handbook (illness, emergency, class trips with prior notification).  The make-up exam may be harder or easier than the regular in-class exam.  Any disputes concerning a test grade must be resolved within one week from the time the tests are returned or from the time the grades are made known to the class.  Any grade disputes after this time limit will not be considered under any circumstances.  Partial credit will be awarded depending how many steps were done correctly in a multi-step problem.  The amount of credit will be at the discretion of the instructor.  You will be allowed to bring in one 8.5”x11’’ sheet of paper with any equations or numerical constants that you might find helpful for the tests.  Worked out examples and definitions are not permitted.  If you failed to record some useful information on the sheet, the instructor and your fellow students are not bound to provide you with that information, and no additional information will be provided to you.


Final Exam:  The final exam may include any material discussed in class.  You will be allowed to bring (2) two 8.5”x11” sheets of paper, subject to the same conditions as the note paper used for a test.  Make-up exams will be subject to the same conditions as make-up tests.


Homework: Homework will be graded and should be the original work of the student.  You  may discuss the problems with you fellow students, but do not simply show each other how to do them.  If you have any questions you should consult with the instructor.


All work for which a grade is received, must be the original work of the student without aid or assistance of another party, or any printed and or electronic data/information. Failure to follow these policies will result in an automatic grade of “F” for the course.


Cell phones and Pagers: Out of courtesy for all those participating in the learning experience, all cell phones and pagers must be turned off  before entering any classroom, lab, or formal academic or performance event.


Eating in class:  Please do not eat in class.  I do not mind if you drink, without drawing attention to yourself.


Sleeping in class:  Please do not sleep in class, you will be asked to leave.


The College’s academic misconduct policy will be followed.


Reasonable accommodation will be provided for this course as required under the provisions of the American’s with Disabilities Act and subject to the criteria and procedures used by the Student Development office.


Students who believe that they possess disabilities for which accommodation is required must so inform instructors immediately after the first class meeting, indicating the nature of the disability and the sort of accommodation needed.  If you believe that you possess a

disability for which reasonable accommodation must be made, you must consult with the instructor immediately after the first meeting of this class, reporting both the nature of the disability and the nature of the accommodation requested.  If it seems advisable, the instructor will refer you to the appropriate office for documentation of your disability and evaluation of your request for reasonable accommodation.  If you do NOT consult with the instructor about any disability claimed and accommodation sought, your failure to do so will constitute a waiver of any claim of disability and request for accommodation on your part.


Material To Be Covered (Tentative)



Ch. 1 Crystal Properties and Growth of Semiconductors


Ch. 2 Atoms and Electrons


Ch. 3 Energy bands and charge carriers

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Ch. 4 Excess Carriers


Ch. 5 Junctions


Ch. 6  Field -Effect Transistors

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Ch. 7  Bipolar Junction Transistors


Ch. 8 Optoelectronic Devices


Ch. 9 Intergrated Circuits


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