2018: Semester 1 – PY4118 Physics of Semiconductor Devices

Module Objective: To introduce students to the physics of semiconductors and semiconductor devices.

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Module Content: Topics in quantum mechanics and solid-state physics as applied to electronic components such as diodes, transistors and optoelectronic devices. Specific topics include crystal lattice structure, charge carrier generation and recombination, mobility. Semiconductor PN junction characteristics are covered and applied to diodes, photo and solar cells, LEDs and semiconductor lasers.  Bipolar transistors are also studied, as well as different field-effect transistors. 

 

Extra Notes:

1)     To ensure that no lectures take place in the final week of classes, the tutorial slot will be filled by extra lectures in the first few weeks.

 

Lectures Notes

The first topic (and a half) provides background material that will not be part of the exam:

01A-Introduction

01B-Hydrogen Atom

01C-Larger Atoms

01D-Molecules

01E-Hybrid Bonds

02A-Crystals

Starting from this point, the material is examinable

02B-Symmetry

03-Coupled States

04-Bands

05-Band Filling

06-Electrons and Holes

07-Carrier Motion

08-Generation and Recombination

09-Continuity Equation

10-The Diode Part A

11-The Diode Part B

12-Metals with Semiconductors

13-Transistors Part A

14-Transistors Part B

15-Transistors Part C

16-Heterostructures

 

Extra Handouts and Links

Symmetry of susceptibility tensor proof1, proof2

Tensor operations

Solving Kronig-Penney

 

Assignments

Assignment 1

Assignment 2

Assignment 3

Assignment 4

Assignment 5

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Frank Peters (F.Peters@UCC.ie)