Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Semiconductor physics and fundamentals of electronic devices

PHYS-433

Lecturer(s) :

Butté Raphaël

Language:

English

Summary

Series of lectures encompassing the fundamentals of semiconductors and the description of the main microelectronic devices built from semiconductors going from the p-n junction to the MOSFETs, which are at the heart of the CMOS-technology with an emphasis on downscaling issues.

Content

1. Electronic properties of semiconductors

- Crystalline structures and energy band diagrams

- Impurities and doping

- Carrier statistics in equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium

- Electron transport in weak and strong fields

- Generation and recombination processes

2. Theory of junctions and interfaces

- p-n and metal-semiconductor junctions

- Oxide-semiconductor and heterojunction interfaces

- Principles of bipolar transistor operation

3. Field effect devices

- MESFET, MOSFET and HEMT transistors

- Downscaling principles

- Submicron devices

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Introduction Solid State Physics

Learning Outcomes

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

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra with exercises

Expected student activities

Read the bibliographical ressources in order to fully integrate and properly use the physical concepts seen in the lectures and the exercices

Be able to generalize the above-mentioned concepts to a wide variety of systems/devices

Assessment methods

oral exam (100%)

Resources

Bibliography

S. M. Sze, "Physics of semiconductor devices" 2nd edition (John Whiley & Sons, New York, 1981)

P. Y. Yu & M. Cardona, "Fundamentals of Semiconductors, Physics and Materials Properties" 2nd edition (ou > 2nd ed.) (Springer, Berlin, 1999)

N. W. Ashcroft and N. D. Mermin, "Solid State Physics" (Saunders College Publishing, Fort Worth, 1976)

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9  PHH333  
9-10    
10-11 PHH333   
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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