Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Compulsory for: MNAV4. Optional for: E4, E4dps, E4rn, F4, F4nfe, MFOT4, MSOC2, N4, N4nel, N4nf. Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Günter Grossmann,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Prerequisites: Thermodynamics and Electronic Materials (FFF100) or Physics of Devices (ESS030). Recommended prerequisits: Waves, electromagnetism, atomic physics, and quantum mechanics. Assessment: Homework problems and oral examination. Home page:

The course extends the material covered in the course Thermodynamics and Electronic Materials - or Device Physics - to provide a broader and deeper understanding of solid state physics which is essential for applications. It also develops the basic physical principles that are needed to understand semiconductor devices and their operation, including their role in simple electronic applications.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Crystal structure and structure determination. Binding and lattice vibrations. Electronic structure.
Physics of semiconductors: intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, charge carrier concentrations and transport phenomena.
Generation, recombination, injection and transport of non-equilibrium carriers.
Surface states, contacts and photoconductivity.
Electrical and optical properties of the pn junction and the bipolar transistor.
Unipolar devices: metal-semiconductor junction and contacts, MESFET and MOSFET. Intergrated circuits.

Sze, S.M: Semiconductor Devices, Physics and Technology, 2nd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, 2002. Hand-out material and laboratory instructions.