MSE 304 Spring 2023

MSE 304 – Electronic Properties of Materials

In this course, students will learn the fundamental theoretical understanding of various semiconductor devices and how that traces back to the materials they are made of.  Students will obtain a grasp of the equations of quantum mechanics and their (analytical) solution for model systems.  Moreover, students will obtain insight into modern computational techniques to describe electronic properties of solids as well as semiconductor devices.  Students will be able to solve numerical problems

Syllabus: Fundamentals of quantum mechanics; atoms and small molecules; tunneling and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle; angular momentum; spectroscopy techniques; solids, in particular metals and semiconductors; Students should obtain a fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics and how it governs electronic properties of materials and devices.

Detailed Syllabus: Syllabus MSE 304 Spring 2023

Course materials, including lecture notes and lecture recordings will be made available through our course Canvas website at

Contact Information:

Professor Axel Hoffmann can be reached via email at:
Office hours are Mondays noon – 1 pm, Wednesdays or Fridays 4:00 – 5:00 pm, or via prior appointment.
All office hour meetings will be in the office from Prof. Hoffmann (MRL 1021) or via Zoom upon prior arrangement.

Hongye Sun,
Office hour: Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm or Thursdays 2:30 – 3:30 pm, 205A MSEB.

Youfu Qian,

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