Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Properties of semiconductors and related nanostructures

MSE-484

Lecturer(s) :

Fontcuberta i Morral Anna

Language:

English

Summary

This course explains the origin of optical and electrical properties of semiconductors. The course elaborates how they change when the semiconductors are reduced to sizes of few nanometers. The course provides also the basis to use software to calculate the properties of hetero/nanostructures.

Content

We will discuss the relation between the size and the fundamental properties of semiconductor materials. We will as well relate the added functionality related to the low dimensionality with the technological applications.
1. Introduction
2. Basic concepts of bulk semiconductors
3. Fabrication and synthesis techniques
- Top-down versus bottom-up
- Top-down fabrication techniques
- Bottom-up synthesis techniques from the vapor phase (MBE,CVD...)
4. Electronic transport properties of bulk and low dimensional semiconductors
5. Optical properties of bulk and low dimensional semiconductors
6. Simulations of the properties of hetero and nanostructures with Nextnano3

 


Keywords

semiconductor, absorption, luminiscence, mobility, bandgap engineering, Hall effect,diodes, solar cells, transistors, energy harvesting, energy efficiency

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Théorie des matériaux (1 and 2)

Fundamentals of solid state materials (or equivalent)

Recommended courses

Quantum physics

Learning Outcomes

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

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra, exercises and simulation laboratory sessions

Expected student activities

Participate in class

Realize exercices

Learn and use simulation software relevant for semiconductor research and industry

Program simple calculations with a programming language (Phython, Mathematica, Matlab...)

Realize a presentation on a topic related to the lecture

Assessment methods

Exercises (3/4) and oral presentation (1/4)

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Ressources en bibliothèque
Websites
Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

Semester project, master, PhD thesis

In the programs

Reference week

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      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German