Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Large-area electronics: devices and materials

MICRO-566

Lecturer(s) :

Ballif Christophe
Haug Franz-Josef
Würsch Nicolas

Language:

English

Summary

Introduction to the physical concepts involved in the description of optical and electronic transport properties of thin-film semiconductor materials found in many large-area applications (solar cells, displays, imagers, etc) and introduction to the physics of the related devices.

Content

This lecture will start with the general description of thin-film materials which are common in macro-electronic applications. These materials include metal oxides, disordered semiconductors and organic materials. The effect of disorder at the atomic scale on electronic states and electronic transport properties will be discussed, as well as the optical characteristics of such materials in relation to device applications. Then the device physics of various devices based on disordered semiconductors will be presented: first solar cells will be discussed and especially the relation between the material properties (absorption behavior and charge transport) on the cell efficiency. Finally other examples of large-area devices such as photo-detectors, particle sensors and Thin-Film Transistors (for flat panel displays and flat panel imagers) will be presented; the physics of these devices and some fabrication aspects will also been discussed.

Keywords

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Semiconductor physics or Solid State Physics

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Resources

Bibliography

Arvind Shah, Thin-film silicon solar cells, EPFL Press, 2010.

Robert Street, Hydrogenated amorphous silicon, Cambridge University Press

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

  • Energy Management and Sustainability, 2017-2018, Master semester 2
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Oral
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Large-area electronics: devices and materials
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Energy Management and Sustainability, 2017-2018, Master semester 4
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Oral
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Large-area electronics: devices and materials
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Oral
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Large-area electronics: devices and materials
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Oral
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Large-area electronics: devices and materials
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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