Course syllabus

Semiconductor Physics

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

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2016-03-29

General Information

Main field: Nanoscience.
Elective for: E4-is, 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 aims for the student to develop a deeper understanding of the physical principles that form the basis of semiconductor physics and which is of central importance for understanding function of semiconductor devices, in particular transistors. An understanding of fundamental semiconductor physics and of the properties of semiconductor materials is crucial in order to be able to evaluate options regarding components and in order to be able to follow and take part in the development within the field.

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.
Metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET): basic properties, functionality and scaling.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Homework 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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