Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Materials and Devices

A 3-D simulation of current flow in a bipolar transistor.

Current flow in a bipolar transistor is discussed in LEC #7. (Image courtesy of the National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development.)


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This course explores the relationships which exist between the performance of electrical, optical, and magnetic devices and the microstructural characteristics of the materials from which they are constructed. The class uses a device-motivated approach which emphasizes emerging technologies. Device applications of physical phenomena are considered, including electrical conductivity and doping, transistors, photodetectors and photovoltaics, luminescence, light emitting diodes, lasers, optical phenomena, photonics, ferromagnetism, and magnetoresistance.

Ross, Caroline. 3.15 Electrical, Optical & Magnetic Materials and Devices, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/materials-science-and-engineering/3-15-electrical-optical-magnetic-materials-and-devices-fall-2006 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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