PSF62 Science of Materials and Devices

Module code: PSF62

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Optional

Year: 2nd

Language: Greek

General description

The optional course “Science of Materials and Devices” of the Hellenic Open University aims to explore the fundamental electrical, optical, structural and electronic properties of different classes of advanced materials and the basic physical concepts that determine the functionality, operation and performance of various electrical, optical/photonic and electronic devices constructed using these materials for a wide range of applications. The course also covers in detail the relationships which exist between the materials’ properties and the device operation/performance. Emphasis is given on established materials and devices using a device-motivated approach. Examples of materials covered include metals, semiconductors, polymers, magnetic materials and superconductors whereas devices such as diodes, transistors, photodetectors, photovoltaics, lasers and sensors used particularly for lighting, energy and electronic applications are discussed in depth, aiming to obtain an excellent understanding of both material properties and physical phenomena governing device operation.

Objectives and learning outcomes

The optional module “Science of Materials and Devices” generally aims at the basic understanding and, further, at advancing the knowledge of its postgraduate students, that are enrolled at the MSc Course “Advanced Studies in Physics”, in the Physics of various Material Categories and of Optoelectronic/Photonic Devices and Devices in Microelectronics that are employed in advanced applications and whose functionality is based on varying fundamental properties of the materials studied.

The main aim for the students is to obtain both general and more specialized knowledge in the subjects of Materials Science and Devices based on those Materials. Priority and focus is given a) on understanding the behavior of electrons in solid state materials and on how this behavior translates into separating them in metals, semiconductors and dielectrics, b) at studying in detail the basic fabrication and characterization processes and the fundamental physical and chemical properties of materials such as Metals, Semiconductors, Polymers, Magnetic and Ceramic Materials, and c) on their application in various Optoelectronic and Photonic Structures and Devices as well as Devices in Microelectronics such as the p-n junction, electronic diodes, light emitting diodes and photodiodes/photodetectors, bipolar junction (BJTs) and field effect transistors (MOSFETs), photovoltaic(solar) cells, lasers and sensors aiming at understanding in depth the main principles of their operation.

The main objective is the understanding of the most important fundamental optoelectronic and structural properties of the materials studied and the basic principles of operation as well as the physics of the aforementioned devices.

At the end and the successful completion of this module, the postgraduate students are expected to have gained in depth knowledge both of the fundamental properties of the aforementioned classes of materials and of the physics and the principles of operation that are behind their applications in advanced structures and devices mainly in the area of Optoelectronics/Photonics and Energy. 

Subjects covered:

1. Metals-Semiconductors
2. Microelectronics
3. Sensors and Bio-Sensors
4. Lasers and Optical Electronics
5. Material Science
6. Polymer Science

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed here.

Teaching Method: Distance education with five Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year.

Evaluation: Completion of written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available here.