Electronic Properties of Materials - MSE 205
This course is designed to:
(a) Give students an understanding of the quantum free electron theory of metals and the transport and optical properties, discuss the occurrence of band gaps within the nearly free electron model by Bragg reflection and describe the electrical properties of n and p type doped semiconductors.
(b) Describe some important semiconductor devices including MOSFET transistors, NMOS and CMOS inverters, LEDs, LASERs, photodiodes and photovoltaic cells
(c) Introduce the concepts of functional dielectric materials and to explore their use in selected devices
(d) Provide the theoretical background to the experiments performed in the second year electrical materials laboratory
(e) Strengthen the student’s preliminary knowledge of magnetism through a quantum mechanical analysis of the origins of magnetism, introduce techniques for measuring magnetic properties, give examples of magnetic materials and applications and explain the magnetic properties of superconductors.
Ceramics and Glass - MSE 308
The overall aim of this course is to introduce students of the main methods and fundamental principles used for the processing of engineering ceramics (and, to a lesser degree, glass and glass ceramics) and develop an understanding of the factors that influence their mechanical properties. Furthermore, the course will give an introduction to microwave application of ceramics and discuss the electrodynamic response from dc to infrared frequencies and its correlation to the microstructure.
Materials Physics - MSE 105
This course is designed to give students a firm foundation in the fundamentals of Materials Physics required in subsequent years of study and to serve as a valuable self-standing unit. The mission of Materials Physics is to explain the physical origins of materials properties. The course content takes into account the broad spectrum of pre-university syllabi.