This course provides a foundation in semiconductors: from the physics and fabrication technologies to the workings of semiconductor devices and the applications that they enable. We will uncover the physical concepts behind semiconductor material properties; investigate the basic building blocks of semiconductor devices; and generalise this to describe more complex semiconductor device applications. Finally, we take a look at the current developments and emerging trends in semiconductor technologies.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Relate semiconductor material properties to the underlying physical concepts
- Analyse charge carrier dynamics in semiconductors by implementing the equations of state
- Relate the operation of semiconductor device building blocks (the diode and transistor) to the charge carrier action
- Generalise the operation of device building blocks to describe more complex semiconductor devices
- Work effectively within a team to investigate and communicate the physics and technology of a chosen semiconductor device
- Identify current developments and emerging trends in semiconductor technologies
- Computer Labs (30%) (30) [LO null]
- Group project (20%) (20) [LO null]
- Online Quizzes (10%) (10) [LO null]
- Final Exam (40%) (40) [LO null]
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WorkloadPer week: 1 lecture (1hr), 1 whole-class tutorial (1hr), 1 computer lab (1.5r) + approx 4 hrs of independent study including quiz completion
Requisite and Incompatibility
S.M. Sze, Semiconductor Devices: Physics and Technology 3e, Wiley, 2006.
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