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Quantum physics for engineering

SYLLABUS

 

 

Course outline

 Quantum physics has not only been central in answering fundamental questions in science, but has served to further our capability to design and exploit phenomena for applications in materials engineering, electrical engineering and of course applied physics. Devices such as semiconductor lasers, light-emitting diodes, and transistors cannot be understood without considering quantum physics. This course provides the background in this field of science, including various examples for practical applications in device physics and photonics.

 

Text book and reference 

 Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals & Applications to Technology by J. Singh (John Wiley & Sons, 1999).
 USEFUL REFERENCES: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by D.J. Griffiths
Wave mechanics applied to semiconductor heterostructures by G. Bastard The physics of low-dimensional semiconductors by J. H.

 

Schedule

 1st week General overivew
 2nd week Review of classical mechanics
 3rd week The limits of classical mechanics
 4th week Mathematical formulation of quantum physics
 5th week Schrodinger wave equation
 6th week Particles in simple potentials
 7th week Kronig-Penny model for band structure
 8th week Mid-term exam
 9th week Tunneling problem
 10th week Symmetries and conservation laws
 11th week P-N Junction 2
 12th week Time-independent approxiamtions-I
 13th week Time-independent approximations-II
 14th week Practical examples of variational method
 15th week Contemporary application examples of quantum physics
 16th week Final exam

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