Nanostructure Physics and Microelectronics.
Dr. Sujaul Chowdhury
Narosa Publishing House
c/o Alpha Science International Limited
9781842659052, $98.95, www.amazon.com
Textbooks on physics and textbooks covering electrical engineering are relatively commonplace, with more appearing yearly to attract the budgets, minds and curriculum of college professors interested in the latest, rapidly-changing research in these fields.
What aren't as common are books which combine the two, directing details to those pursuing a MS in physics and pairing physics with microelectronic processing details: that's why any professor teaching courses in either subject needs to consider the adoption and assignment of Dr. Sujaul Chowdhury's Nanostructure Physics and Microelectronics.
It stands apart from its competitors in several important ways; not the least of which is by its ability to simultaneously serve as both a student textbook and a professor's lecture agenda. This is no light accomplishment: straddling the line between the two necessarily means the book's structure must be accessible by both for somewhat different purposes.
Thus, Nanostructure Physics and Microelectronics is written in the form of lecture notes (indeed, it's based on the 10th version of the author's own lecture notes for the two-semester classes he's been teaching for decades), but provides a basic, progressive approach beginning with semiconductor theory with all the math, charts, graphs, and visuals a lecturer would ordinarily present in the course of his discussion.
One would think that this material would be covered elsewhere, and it is: the beauty of Nanostructure Physics and Microelectronics lays not so much in original research as in an original structure that pulls together a compendium of science and research studies under one cover: information that would ordinarily appear widely scattered and diffused across a number of physics and microelectronics references.
With this approach in mind, grad students receive a solid series of discussions that begin with a foundation in Fermi energy processes, semiconductor modeling, and elemental semiconductor physics and applications and progresses to atomic structure analysis, binary compound properties, crystal growth, and energy bands and gaps.
Adding in-depth physics as an intrinsic part of a discussion of microelectronics offers a rare opportunity for thorough grounding in both; all this supported by a wealth of formulas and graphics that explain major points and build a progressive knowledge base.
Drift velocity, saturation points, low and high magnetic field filling factors: all these are well illustrated both by discussion and through visual examples and formulas.
Part I holds a solid foundation introduction while Part II delves deeper into the physics of semiconductor nanostructures: all arranged so that even students who know little about the topic (but who study at the grad level) will find it accessible.
It's rare that a textbook can be recommended for either self-study or classroom assignment, but Nanostructure Physics and Microelectronics achieves both and provides the knowledge base that students need without requiring consultation of numerous references to glean bits and pieces of the bigger picture.