Course syllabus

Semiconductor Physics

FFF021, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2014-04-08

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Elective for: E4-dpd, E4-f, E4-hn, F4, F4-f, F4-hn, F4-nf, MSOC2, N4-nf, N4-hn
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


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 semiconductor 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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
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.
Electrical properties of components such as the pn junction, the bipolar transistor, metal-semiconductor junction.
MOSFET: basic properties and various implementations of MOS-structures

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Home assignments, laboratory exercises and oral examination.

Code: 0114. Name: Semiconductor Physics.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Oral exam
Code: 0214. Name: Hand-in Assignments.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written presentation
Code: 0314. Name: Laboratory Exercises.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Written reports


Required prior knowledge: Basic solid state physics including introduction to semiconductors and the pn-junction equivalent to Solid State Physics (FFFF05), Electronic Materials (FFFF01) or Physics of Devices (ESS030).
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Carina Fasth,
Course coordinator: Dan Hessman,
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