ECE407 Physics of Semiconductors and Nanostructures




Course description

The course covers fundamentals of solid state physics relevant to semiconductors, electronic and photonic devices, and nanostructures. Topics covered include free electron gas in 3D, 2D, and 1D; crystal lattices and the reciprocal lattice; electron states and energy bands in molecules and solids; calculations of energy bands; metals, insulators, and semiconductors; graphene, 2D atomic materials, and nanotubes;  lattice dynamics and phonons in 1D, 2D, and 3D materials; electron statistics and dynamics in energy bands; effective mass theorem; electron transport and Boltzmann equation; electron-photon interaction in energy bands; optical interband and intraband processes; plasmons and polaritons; semiconductor heterostructures; electron states in zero, one, and two dimensional nanostructures; quantum wells, wires, and dots; quantum ballistic transport in nanostructures.


Farhan Rana
323 Phillips Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: 607-255-6317       Fax: 607-245-3508
Email: farhan.rana at