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Functional Materials (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor Trevor Finlayson

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: In this subject, the "smart" functional roles of the materials in selected modern devices will be examined. Subject will focus on devices such as, active semiconducting devices and associated passive electrical components, "smart" transducers, optical fibres, optical coatings, liquid crystal displays, optical storage devices, the ruby laser, the solar cell, ceramic insulators, the Peltier cooler. In each application the important electrical, thermal and/or optical property of the functional materials will be studied at the microscopic (atomic and/or molecular) level in order to gain an understanding of the device operation. Also, some discussion will focus on device fabrication.

Assessment: Examinations 3 hours: 60% + Laboratory work: 15% + Laboratory notebook reports: 15% + six written assignments: 10%

Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lecture/tutorial classes and one 3-hour laboratory class per week

Prohibitions: PHS2622, MTE2507

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