Courses of Study 2019-2020 
    Jul 12, 2020  
Courses of Study 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AEP 5500 - Applied Solid State: Physics of Renewable Energy

Spring. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: a knowledge of Fermi-Dirac distributions and chemical potentials e.g. from a class in either solid state physics, physical chemistry or statistical mechanics.

D. Muller.

Can an electric vehicle be made cheaper than a gasoline one with comparable range? How much of our energy needs can be supplied by solar energy? What is the maximum efficiency of a solar cell? Graduate-level analysis of renewable energy devices and materials that you will likely encounter in research or advanced industrial settings, with a goal of understanding their ultimate limits, current efficiencies and opportunities for improvement. The main emphasis is on electrical energy creation, conversion and storage devices – Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Supercapacitors and Thermoelectrics, which are areas of current research at Cornell.

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