2017 Advanced Photo-Electronic Devices

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Funakubo Hiroshi  Kitamoto Yoshitaka  Wada Hiroyuki 
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Mon3-4(J233)  Thr3-4(J233)  
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Course description and aims

In addition to the perspective of applying material properties to devices, this course covers what properties are desired, and material design for materials with all sorts of properties. The instructor lectures about each aspect of advanced electronics, photonics, and devices that are either in practical use or development such as their materials, production process, and applications such that students can learn about the thought processes involved in development. The course deals with optically and electronically functional materials from the perspective of dielectrics and magnetic bodies, free from categories such as semiconductors and metals, concentrating mainly on items that fall under nanotechnology with forms ranging from bulks to thin film and fine particles, allowing students to discern the direction of future device development. The instructor offers familiar devices such as memory, capacitors, permanent magnets, sensors, and actuators as examples.
The purpose of this course is for students to understand the operating principles of functional devices such as memory, energy conversion devices, etc. that use dielectrics or magnetic bodies that are either in practical use or in development, as well as how the properties of the constituent materials are involved. It is important for students to acquire knowledge related to trends in the research and development of advanced devices, properties, and materials, as well as to understand the importance of material development for device creation.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1) understand the basic of semiconducting, dielectric, and magnetic properties and the devices based on their properties,
2) learn the trend to develop cutting-edge devices,
3) set issues based on future devices and find their solutions.


Semiconducting materials, dielectric materials, magnetic materials, electronic devices

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The topic changes every class. A lesson and discussion are held in each class.
Attend every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Materials and Process Students will understand semiconductor process and properties of semiconductor materials.
Class 2 Semiconductor process I (Coating) Students will understand methods to fabricate thin film on a substrate.
Class 3 Semiconductor process II (Photolithography) Students will understand methods to fabricate a pattern of resist on a substrate.
Class 4 Semiconductor process III (Etching) Students will understand methods to remove some part of material.
Class 5 Semiconductor process IV (Others) Students will understand other semiconductor process such as thermal process and ion implantation.
Class 6 Overview and Fundamental of Dielectrics Students will understand the outline and fundamental of dielectric materials.
Class 7 Capacitor-based Devise Students will understand fundamental of Devices using dielectric materials.
Class 8 Memory Devise based on Dielectric Materials Students will understand fundamental memory devise based on dielectric materials.
Class 9 Piezoelectric and Pyloelectriuc Devices Students will understand Piezoelectric and Pyloelectriuc materials and their devices.
Class 10 Optical Devises and summary of devices using dielectric materials Students will understand optical devices and summary of devices using dielectric materials.
Class 11 Fundamental of magnetism Students will understand fundamental properties of ferromagnetic materials required to study magnetic devices.
Class 12 Preparation and characterization of magnetic particles and thin films Students will understand fabrication and characterization methods of ferromagnetic thin films and nanoparticles used in magnetic devices.
Class 13 Magnetic memory devices Students will understand recording mechanism and fundamental magnetic properties for storage media in hard disk drives.
Class 14 Magnetic sensors and spintronics Students will understand magnetic sensors used in hard disk drives and electronic devices.
Class 15 Magnetic devices for healthcare and biomedical applications Students will understand magnetic devices using nanoparticles for healthecare and biomedical applications.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assesment is based on reports given by the instructors in view of electrical and electronic devices using semiconducting, dielectric and magnetic devices.

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

None required.

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