Courses


ECE107 – Electromagnetism

Electrostatics and magnetostatics; electrodynamics; Maxwell’s equations; plane waves; skin effect. Electromagnetics of transmission lines: reflection and transmission at discontinuities, Smith chart, pulse propagation, dispersion. Rectangular waveguides. Dielectric and magnetic properties of materials. Electromagnetics of circuits.


ECE146 – Introduction to Magnetic Recording

A laboratory introduction to the writing and reading of digital information in a disk drive. Basic magnetic recording measurements on state-of-art disk drives to evaluate signals, noise, erasure, and non-linearities that characterize this channel. Lectures on the recording process will allow comparison of measurements with basic voltage expressions. E/M FEM software utilized to study geometric effects on the record and play transducers.


ECE287 – Nanomagnetism

Topical course introducing concepts in nanomagnetism. Lectures cover relevant physical parameters involved in the study of nano-scale magnetic structures and devices. Concepts such as quantum magnetism, magnetic length scales, magnetic anisotropy energies, and micromagnetics are discussed. Applications of nanomagnetism in technology are also taught (GMR, hard drive media, and spintronics).


CENG213 – Nanoscale Synthesis and Characterization

Examination of nanoscale synthesis—top-down and bottom-up; physical deposition; chemical vapor deposition; plasma processes; sol-gel processing; soft-lithography; self-assembly and layer-by-layer; molecular synthesis. Nanoscale characterization; microscopy (optical and electron: SEM, TEM); scanning probe microscopes (SEM, AFM); profilometry; reflectometry, and ellipsometry; x-ray diffraction; spectroscopies (EDX, SIMS, Mass spec, Raman, XPS); particle size analysis; electrical, optical, magnetic, mechanical, thermal.


MATS251B/MAE265B – Magnetic Materials: Principles and Applications

The basis of magnetism: classical and quantum mechanical points of view. Different kinds of magnetic materials. Magnetic phenomena including anisotropy, magnetostriction, domains, and magnetization dynamics. Current frontiers of nano-magnetics research including thin films and particles. Optical, data storage, and biomedical engineering applications of soft and hard magnetic materials.