MICRO-566 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Ballif Christophe, Würsch Nicolas, Haug Franz-Josef

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

Keywords

  • thin-films
  • ordered and disordered semiconductors
  • transparent conductive metal oxides
  • organic semiconductors
  • optical properties
  • electronic properties
  • solar cells
  • transistors
  • particle sensors

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Semiconductor physics or Solid State Physics

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Distinguish ordered and disordered semiconductors.
  • Classify order in a solid on short, medium, and long range.
  • Visualize the properties of shallow and deep states in a semiconductor.
  • Predict charge transport in semiconductors with band-tails.
  • Predict recombination of charge carriers at deep defect states.
  • Sketch the working principle of solar cells with p-n and p-i-n junction.
  • Sketch the operation of thin film transistors.
  • Model the function of thin film transistors in displays, imagers, etc.

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

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • 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 (summer session)
  • 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 (summer session)
  • 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 (summer session)
  • 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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