Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Compulsory for: MNAV1. Optional for: E4, E4dpd, E4f, E4hn, F4, F4f, F4hn, F4nf, MFOT1, MSOC1, N4hn, N4nf. Course coordinator: Carina Fasth,, Department of Physics. Recommended prerequisits: Solid State Physics (FFFF05), Electronic Materials (FFFF01) or Physics of Devices (ESS030). Assessment: Home assignments, laboratory exercises and oral examination. Home page:

The course extends the material covered in the basic course in Solid State Physics/Electronic Materials/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

Physics of semiconductors: bandstructure, 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.