2020 Solid State Physics (Electrons)

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Ishikawa Ken 
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Tue3-4(H115)  Fri3-4(H115)  
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Course description and aims

Solid state physics for understanding the basis of organic optical and electrical materials.
1) Learn important concepts for electronic devices such as electronic states and properties at interfaces.
2) Learn the origin of the dielectric and optical properties of condensed matters.
3) Learn the semi-classical theory of light absorption and emission by molecules.

Student learning outcomes

Following Mat. P301, this course deals with magnetic, dielectric and optical properties of conventional organic semiconductors as well as important concepts for device applications, such as organic transistors, solar cells, and light emitting devices.


Interface, Dielectrics, Optical Properties

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Lecture-based learning. At the beginning of each class, students are given exercise problems related to what was taught in the previous class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Deals with origin of magnetism in solid and five types of magnetism Peruse PP. 114- of the course textbook before coming to class.
Class 2 Deals with surface singular phenomena and surface analysis
Class 3 Electronic and V-I characteristics of metal-semiconductor junction
Class 4 Electronic and V-I characteristics of PN junction and working mechanism of bipolar transistors
Class 5 Classical theory of light and matter (Lorentz model) and dispersion of dielectric constants
Class 6 Classical theory of light and matter (Drude model) including plasma frequency
Class 7 Dielectric constants and optical properties of matter
Class 8 Local-field theory and relation between molecular susceptibility and dielectric constants
Class 9 Semiclassical theory of interaction between light and matter
Class 10 Vibrational and rotational transitions in the framework of the semiclassical theory
Class 11 Electronic transitions in the framework of the semiclassical theory
Class 12 Optical properties of molecular aggregates
Class 13 Optical transitions in semiconductors
Class 14 Electric and optical devices and their working mechanisms
Class 15 Aspect of organic materials for optical and electrical devices

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Hiroshi Saito, et al., Nyumon Kotaibussei, Tokyo, Kyoritsu Shuppan, ISBN4-320-03341-8.(Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Atkins' Physical Chemistry 10th edition, Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-9669740-3

Assessment criteria and methods

By final exam and exercise problems. Details of course scores will be explained in class time.

Related courses

  • MAT.P301 : Solid State Physics (Lattice)
  • MAT.P302 : Optics

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

Students must have successfully completed MAT. P301 and MAT. P302, or have equivalent knowledge.

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