Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices

Synopsis of the course

Currently, various electronic devices have been used in high technology era, moreover, advanced devices have been developed and enhanced. To keep up with the trend, this course is to provide senior undergraduate (or beginning graduate) students with the fundamental physics of the solid state electronic devices.

We will study the basic properties of semiconductor, kinetics of carrier action and the principles of the basic devices such as pn junction diode and field effect transistor.

Teaching materials & Reference Books
  1. R.F. Pierret, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, Addison Wesley, 1996
  2. D. A. Neamen, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, Basic Principles, IRWIN, 1997
  3. Pierret/Neudeck, Modular Series on Solid State Devices, Vol 1,2,4, 1984.
  4. S. Yang, Microelectronics Devices, McGraw-Hill, 1988.
  5. B.G. Streetman, Solid State Electronic Devices, Prentice Hall.
  6. S. M. Sze, Physics of Semiconductor Devices, Wiley, 1981.
  7. J. D. Plummer, M. D. Deal, P. B. Griffin, Silicon VLSI Technology: Fundamentals, Practice, and Modeling, Prentice Hall, 2000.

I. Introduction

  1. Application of Thin Film Devices
  2. History of Semiconductor Integrated Circuits
  3. Fabrication Procedure Overview (Optional)

II. Electronic Application of Thin Film Devices

  1. Semiconductor Fundamentals

(1) Semiconductor materials and Band theory
(2) Carrier density and Carrier Action

  1. Junction Diode

(1) PN junction diode
(2) Schottky diode

  1. Metal Oxide Semiconductor Capacitor
  2. Field Effect Transistors

(1) Theory of operation
(2) Nonideal MOSFET

  1. Application of Semiconductor Devices (Optional)

(1) Memory Devices (DRAM and non-volatile memory)
(2) Optoelectronic Diodes
(3) Solar Cell
(4) Organic Devices (OLED, OTFT)
(5) Oxide Semiconductor

III. Presentation and Discussion of Open Project

Assessment & Grading

Mid-term exam 35 %

Final Exam 45 %

Attitude 20 %

A (30 %), B (30 %), C (30 %), D (<10%)