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Fall 2010-2011
* ELE 353 / EGR 353  

Fundamental Principles of Optical and Electronic Devices: How Physics Makes Devices Work

Jacob B. Khurgin

An informal introduction to the physical basis of electronic and optical devices used in information processing, storage, and communications. The course provides accessible coverage of the principles of the classical theory of metals, semiconductors, and dielectrics; physical optics; introductory quantum mechanics; and the theory of radiation. The covered material lays the foundation for understanding the way transistors, micro-processors, lasers, DVDs, and many other modern devices operate.


Sample reading list:
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
2-3 scientific papers with background reading; about 5-10 pages per week. Students will make one PowerPoint presentation, write one 5-page report, and complete bi-weekly problem sets.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 5%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Other information:
Instructor will be Jacob B. Khurgin, Kenan Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
26683 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Friend Center   004   Enrolled:4 Limit:60