Boston College, Department of Physics, Fall 2017

PHYS351001 Reading Assignments

(Last Revised: August 4, 2017)

Schedule and assignments are subject to change

There will be a quiz every Monday on the "RA" reading assignment listed for that Monday (see the Syllabus). Due to time restrictions, occasionally there may be a reading assignment & quiz scheduled for a Thursday (again, see the Syllabus).

The homework will be based on the text reading & lectures.

 

Text: The Art of Electronics, 3nd Ed. by Horowitz & Hill, Cambridge University Press, 2015

 

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PHYS351001 Reading Assignment List Fall 2017

The purpose of the article reading assignments is to expose students to a broader swath of topics related to electronic technology than we have time to cover in class. Many are histories of discoveries such as the invention of the transistor, while other are discussions of modern technology with direct relevants to your life such as how long data will last stored on different media. While many of these articles are old, they are still probably the best introductory articles that exist on their topics. (And yes, I look every semester.) These readings are available by clicking the links below or you can get them from the web by simply searching using the citations below, or if you want to search the literature like a real Physicist, use BC’s subscription to Science Citation Index (http://apps.webofknowledge.com.proxy.bc.edu/WOS_GeneralSearch_input.do?product=WOS&search_mode=GeneralSearch). (Google has only indexed a tiny fraction of the Scientific literature, so it's not a legitimate literature search tool if you are doing real research.)

 

Note that you might find that downloading some of these from off campus may be blocked as use of the Boston College Library subscription system may be required. In that case, VPN into the campus network before downloading.

 

 

RA01:   M. Riordan and L. Hoddeson, "Birth of an Era", Scientific America: The Solid-State Century, Special Issue 8, No. 1, 10-15, 1997. Quiz will be on September 11, 2017.

 

RA02:   R. H. Rockett, "The Transistor", Scientific American, 1948. Reprinted in Scientific America: The Solid-State Century, Special Issue 8, No. 1, 18-21, 1997. Quiz will be on September 18, 2017.

 

RA03a:  M. J. Riezenman, "Where Tubes Rule", Scientific America: The Solid-State Century, Special Issue 8, No. 1, 44-45, 1997. Quiz will be on September 25, 2017.

 

RA03b: W. W. Gibbs, "The Law of More", Scientific America: The Solid-State Century, Special Issue 8, No. 1, 62-63, 1997. Quiz will be on September 25, 2017.

 

RA03c:  Rachel Courtland, "The Status of Moore's Law: It's Complicated", IEEE Spectrum, 28 Oct 2013 | 20:21 GMT Quiz will be on September 25, 2017.

 

RA04:   J. Page, "Making the Chips that Run the World" Smithsonian, 30 (10) January, 36-45, 2000. Quiz will be on October 2, 2017.

 

RA05:   Oliver Kömmerling and Markus G. Kuhn, “Design Principles for Tamper-Resistant Smartcard Processors”, Proceedings of the USENIX Workshop on Smartcard Technology (Smartcard '99), Chicago, Illinois, USA, May 10-11, 1999, USENIX Association, pp. 9-20, ISBN 1-880446-34-0 Quiz will be on October 16, 2017.

 

RA06a:  Shuji Nakamura and Michael Riordan, "The Dawn of the Miniature Green Lasers" Scientific American 300, 70-75 (April 2009) doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0409-70 Quiz will be on October 23, 2017.

 

RA06b: Milton A. Rothman, "Things that go faster than light" Scientific American 203, 142-152 (July 1960) doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0760-142 Quiz will be on October 23, 2017.

 

RA07:   Steven H. Voldman, "Lightning Rods for Nanoelectronics", Scientific American 287, 90-97 (October 2002) doi:10.1038/scientificamerican1002-90 Quiz will be on October 30, 2017.

 

RA08a:   N. G. Hignorani and K. E. Stahlkopf, "High-Power Electronics" Scientific American 269, No. 5, 78-85, November 1993. Quiz will be on November 13, 2017.

 

RA08b: B.M. Lunt, "How Long Is Long-Term Data Storage?", Proceedings of "Archiving 2011", Los Angeles CA, pp29-33 (2011). Quiz will be on November 13, 2017.

 

RA09:   Graham P. Collins, "Next Stretch for Plastic Electronics", Scientific American 291, 74-81 (August 2004) doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0804-74. Quiz will be on November 27, 2017.

 

RA10:   The Editors, "The Next 20 Years of Microchips", Scientific American 302, 82-89 (January 2010) doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0110-82 Quiz will be on November 27, 2017.

 

RA11:   Mikael Ostling and B. Gunnar Malm, "High-Speed Electronics", Ion Beams in Nanoscience and Technology (2009). Quiz will be on November 30, 2017.

 

 

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