By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
1. Apply Schrodinger's equation to describe the state of energy carriers in simple systems such as a quantum well.
2. Describe crystal structures and interpret X-ray diffraction patterns and ascribe relevant Miller Indices.
3. Explain for electron energy states in solids and the origin of an energy band gap.
4. Determine the density of states of electronis and phonons in simple periodic potential systems
5. Derive the fundamental efficiency limit of solar photovoltaic energy conversion based on semiconductors using the principle of detailed balance.
6. Describe how a p-n junction solar cell works and primary places of efficiency losses
7. Optimize anti-reflection coatings for use in solar cells.
8. Describe the origin of the Peltier effect and Seebeck coefficient.
9. Apply Boltzmann transport equation to describe thermal conductivity in solids.
10. Describe the basic principles of thermoelectric operation.
11. Calculate the performance of thermoelectric modules in clearly defined systems
12. Describe the basic principles of fuel cell and battery energy conversion.