2016 Nano-Materials Electronics

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Graduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Iwamoto Mitsumasa  Nakagawa Shigeki 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on the fundamentals of magnetic materials, semiconductor, dielectric materials and nano materials. Topics include microscopic origin of magnetism and dielectricity based on electronic structure theory, electronic conduction in the dielectrics, spin, band-theory, p-n junction and the application of these materials. The course enables students to understand and acquire the fundamentals of electronic materials.
Understanding the electronic materials such as magnetic materials, semiconductor, dielectric materials is the key to develop the state-of-the-art electronic devices. Comprehensive study of these materials allows students to think about the differences among these materials. I hope students have interests in the electronic phenomena in various materials.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the origin of dielectric properties, dielectric constant and dielectric dispersion.
2) Explain the model of electronic conduction in the dielectrics and organic semiconductors.
3) Understand the origin of magnetism, magnetic properties such as ferromagnetism.
4) Give specific applications of magnetic materials.
5) Explain the energy band structure of semiconductor.
6) Explain the current voltage characteristic of pn junction.


Polarization, Dielectric constant, Dielectric dispersion, Ferroelectric materials, Magnetism, Magnetic moment, antiferromagnetic materials, Energy band theory, pn junction, Drift and diffusion

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lecture will be given from basic study so that students who are not familiar with the material science can understand the lecture. Recent topic in material science will be also introduced.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Dielectric materials and its application Understand fundamental and application of dielectric materials
Class 2 Dielectric polarization Understand type of polarization, Maxwell-Wagner effect
Class 3 Dielectric constant of gas and liquid Understand the microscopic origin of dielectric constant, Lorentz internal field
Class 4 Frequency dependence of the dielectric polarization, Complex dielectric constant Derive equation representing dielectric response
Class 5 Ferroelectric materials and phase transition Understand the basics of ferroelectricity, Piezoelectricity, Theory of phase transition
Class 6 Electronic conduction in dielectrics Current injection from metal, Hopping conduction, SCLC
Class 7 Magnetic materials and its application Understand fundamental and application of magnetic materials
Class 8 Magnetism and magnetic moment Understand the microscopic origin of magnetism
Class 9 Antiferromagnetism, Paramagnetism Curie's law, Paramagnetism, Superconductivity
Class 10 Ferromagnetism Magnetization curve, The Ising model
Class 11 Spintronics Discussion based on related papers
Class 12 Band theory Fundamentals of quantum mechanics, Electron in periodic structure, effective mass
Class 13 Drift and diffusion of carrier, recombination of carrier electron and hole density, carrier mobility, doping
Class 14 pn junction, metal-semiconductor junction Band structure of pn junction, junction capacitance, Rectification
Class 15 Application of semiconductor Discussion based on related papers


No specific textbooks. All lecture notes can be downloaded from OCW.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

C. Kittel, “Introduction to Solid State Physics,'' John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Assessment criteria and methods

Based on report carried out during the classes.

Related courses

  • EEE.E201 : Electricity and Magnetism I
  • EEE.E202 : Electricity and Magnetism II
  • EEE.D201 : Quantum Mechanics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Student should be registered in TokyoTech-Tsinghua Joint Course.

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