CES 592: Physics of Electronic and Photonic Devices
Saeid Rahimi, Ph.D.
Spring 2015

Lecture: Tue 6:00 - 8.30 PM, Salazar 2008
Office Hours: Tue 3:00 – 4:00 PM; W 1:00 - 2:00 PM; and by appointment
Saeid Rahimi Office: Salazar 2008B
Office: Salazar 2010B
Phone: (707) 664-3390
Email: rahimi AT sonoma DOT edu

Course Catalogue Description: : Lecture, 3 hours. CES 592 is a 3-unit lecture course that is delivered in an experimental format with the goal of turning it into an elective course for the masters program in Computer and Engineering Science (MS-CES). The course consists of five modules that include the necessary classical and quantum mechanical background including some topics of modern physics, solid state physics, and physics of semiconductors. The background material prepares students for understanding the last two modules on electronic and photonic devices. The background material would be a review of topics for students with undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and applied physics. The material would also be an excellent introduction for the students with a background in related fields but never exposed to the fundamentals of the electronic properties of solids. Numerical homework assignments and projects will require the use of MathCad or MATLAB software applications. Interested students are encouraged to select and initiate projects that utilize the advanced instruments in the photonics and microanalysis laboratories within the department’s Cerent Engineering Science facilities. These elective projects would count as part of the course requirements.

Course Textbook: No textbook is required. It is difficult to find a single textbook that covers all five modules of the course. These modules are traditionally taught in five different courses: Modern Physics; Solid State Physics; Physics of Semiconducting Materials; Physics of Electronic Devices; and Physics of Photonic Devices. Electronic scans of extensive instructor notes will be shared with students. Students are encouraged to have the notes available in class, so they can write comments on them during lectures. Use of laptops with digitizer pens is highly recommended for this purpose.

There is quite a large number of references for the first three modules. However, the following three references are recommended for modules 4 and 5. The first two books also cover some background information in a very brief manner. The third book on computational photonics is intended for the last module with a focus on the use of MATLAB. There are several other textbooks similar to the first reference that have been widely used to for semiconductor devices courses in EE programs.

Students are highly encouraged to examine the vast amount of online resources available for all topics of this course. Some online resources include wonderful illustrations and animations that are quite helpful for understanding some of the complex topics covered in this course. A list of main references are given below.

  1. Solid State Electronic Devices, 7th Edition (2015) by Ben G. Streetman and Sanjay K. Banerjee (Pearson Education, Inc.)
  2. Optoelectronics and Photonics, 2nd Edition (2013) by S.O. Kasap (Pearson Education, Inc.)
  3. Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd Edition (2007) by B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
  4. Computational Photonics, An Introduction with MATLAB, (2013) by Marek S. Wartak (Cambridge University Press)

Grading Policy: 40% Homework, 20% Test 1, 20% Test 2, and 20% projects

Lecture Topics and Schedule
Date Lecture Topics
1/20, Lecture 1 Course Overview; Module 1: Modern Physics
1/27, Lecture 2 Module 1: Modern Physics
2/3, Lecture 3 Module 2: Physics of Crystalline Materials
2/10, Lecture 4 Module 2: Physics of Crystalline Materials
2/17, Lecture 5 Module 2: Physics of Crystalline Materials
2/24, Lecture 6 Module 3: Physics of Semiconducting Materials
3/3, Lecture 7 Module 3: Physics of Semiconducting Materials
3/10, Lecture 8 Test 1 (Modules 1-3); Module 4: Physics of Electronic Devices
3/17 Spring Break
3/24, Lecture 9 Module 4: Physics of Electronic Devices
3/31 Campus Closed
4/7, Lecture 10 Module 4: Physics of Electronic Devices
4/14, Lecture 11 Module 5: Photonic Devices
4/21, Lecture 12 Module 5: Photonic Devices
4/28, Lecture 13 Module 5: Photonic Devices
5/5, Lecture 14 Module 5: Photonic Devices
5/12 Project Presentations and Test