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PX5516: NUCLEAR AND SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:14


Course Overview

​Nuclear physics and semiconductor physics, both of huge technological importance. In the nuclear physics section, the forces that act within the nucleus will be examined along with binding energy. Fusion and fission processes and reactors will then be explored. In semiconductor physics, the physics of charge carriers and charge transport  in semiconductors will be examined and how this can be utilized in a huge variety of semiconductor devices such as diodes and transistors.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Geoffrey Dunn

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course comprises two half units, Nuclear physics and semiconductor physics, both of huge technological importance. In the nuclear physics section, the competing forces that act within the nucleus will be examined and how this leads to the concept of binding energy. How binding energy can be liberated in fusion and fission processes and reactors will then be explored. In semiconductor physics, the physics of charge carriers and charge transport  in semiconductors will be examined and how this can be utilized in a huge variety of semiconductor devices such as diodes and transistors.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: One two-hour examination (75%) and class tests (25%).

Resit: One two-hour examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Students progress will be assessed in the weekly tutorial sessions.

Feedback

Feedback in assessments will be within two weeks (usually one week) for written assessments and immediately in formative tutorial tasks.

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