Year 2


MS2018 Electronic & Magnetic Properties of Materials

[Lectures: 26 hours; Tutorials: 13 hours Pre-requisites: MS1012@; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Learning Objective

This is an introductory course on solid state physics for the second year undergraduate students. The objective is to provide a theoretical framework for understanding the electrical, dielectric and magnetic properties of various materials. This course exposes the students to theories relevant to the engineering principles of various materials and devices. The materials design of an electronic or magnetic device is based on the understanding of these basic concepts.


Classical theory of metal; Introduction to quantum mechanics; Modern theory of metals; Semiconductors and semiconductor devices; Dielectric materials; Magnetism and magnetic materials.

Learning Outcome

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand the physics underlying the electronic and magnetic behavior of materials.
  • Can apply the theories to estimate materials properties.
  • Understand the operation mechanism of basic components of electronic devices, such as transistors and diodes.
  • Appreciate the powerfulness of modern solid state physics.

Textbooks/ References

  • S. O. Kasap, Priciples of Electrical Engineering Materials and Devices, Mcgraw-Hill 2000
  • Neil W. Ashcroft and N. David Mermin, Solid State Physics, Thomson Brooks/Cole 1976.
  • Donald A. Neamen, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, McGraw Hill 2003

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