Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor Physics

Course code PHYS2170Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Quantum mechanics has reshaped our view and understanding of the world in which we live. The fundamental postulates of quantum mechanics will be developed with an emphasis on how these ideas ultimately lead to an explanation of the physics of electronic devices and the design of discrete component electronic circuits.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. Knowledge and understanding of QM and the Physics of Semiconductor devices.
2. Problem solving skills applied to QM and Semiconductor Devices.
3. Laboratory-based competency in QM and Semiconductor Devices.
4. An appreciation of the influence of QM on modern scientific development.
5. An interest in the role of QM and Semiconductor Physics in the everyday world.
ContentPart 1: Quantum Mechanics
" Waves and Particles
" Schr¿dinger equation
" Bound States
" Expectation values & Operators
" Unbound States
" Three dimensional systems
" Hydrogen Atom
" Spin and Introduction to Atomic Physics

Part 2: Physics of semiconductors
" Crystal Structure
" Band theory of Solids
" Semiconductor Theory
" Single Junction Semiconductors & Photonics
" Multiple Junction Semiconductors
" Applications
Replacing Course(s)ELEC2200 Introduction to Electronics (10 units)
PHYS2220 Quantum Mechanics & Electromagnetism (10 units)
TransitionStudent who fail or would have chosen ELEC2200 will be able to do PHYS2170.
Students who fail PHYS2220 will be considered on a case-by-case basis with those failing the QM component being advised to take this course PHYS2170, and those failing the E&M component will be advised to take the new course PHYS2210 Electromagnetism. In the case where a student fails both components the student will still be able to choose a new course which satisfies the degree requirements.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1210, PHYS1220 and MATH1120 (or MATH1220)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalFormal examination in exam period
Laboratory Exercises
Other: (please specify)Class quiz
Mid-semester exam
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHYS2170