Course Outline

SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIAL ENGINEERING

WEEKLY SCHEDULE

 

Week 1 ~ 2

:

Chapter 1 : The Crystal Structure of Solids (6 hours)

  • Semiconductor materials
  • Types of solids
  •  Space lattices
  •  Atomic bonding
  •  Imperfections and Impurities in solids
  •  Growth of Semiconductor materials

Week 3 ~ 4

:

Chapter 2: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (6 hours)

  • Principles of quantum mechanics
  • Schrodinger’s wave equation
  • Applications of Schrodinger’s wave equation.

Week 5 ~ 6

:

Chapter 3: Introduction to The Quantum Theory of Solids (6 hours)

  • Allowed and forbidden energy bands
  • Electrical conduction in solids
  • Extension to three dimensions
  • Density of states function
  • Statistical mechanics

Week 7 ~ 9

:

Chapter 4: The semiconductor in equilibrium (6 hours)

  • Charge carriers in semiconductor
  • Dopant atoms and energy level
  • The extrinsic semiconductor
  • Statistics of Donor and Acceptor
  • Charge Neutrality
  • Position of Fermi energy level

Week 8

:

Mid-Semester Break

Week 10 ~ 11

:

Chapter 5: Carrier transport phenomena (6 hours)

  • Carrier drift
  • carrier diffusion
  • Graded impurity distribution
  • The Hall Effect.

Week 12 ~ 13

:

Chapter 6: Nonequilibrium excess carriers in semiconductors (6 hours)

  • Carrier generation and recombination
  • Characteristics of excess carrier
  • Ambipolar transport
  • Quasi-fermi energy levels
  • Excess-carrier lifetime
  • Surface effects

Week 14

:

Chapter 7: The pn Junction (3 hours)

  • Basic structure of the pn junction
  • Zero applied bias
  • Reverse applied bias
  • Nonuniformly doped junctions.

Week 15

:

Chapter 8: The pn junction diode (3 hours)

  • pn junction current
  • Generation-recombination currents
  • Junction breakdown

Week 16-18

:

Revision Week and Final Examination

 

EXAM:

 

Test 1

:

Week 8:  Friday, 1 November 2013 at P16 from 5pm to 6pm    

Test 2

:

Week 13: Friday, 6 December 2013 at P16 from 5pm to 6pm    

 

TEXTBOOK :

 

Donald A. Neamen : "Semiconductor Physics and Devices, Basic Principles", Third Edition, McGraw Hill.

 

 

REFERENCES :

 

1.          Betty Lise Anderson & Richard L. Anderson (2005), Fundamentals of Semiconductor Devices, Mcgraw-Hill.

2.          Ben G. Streetman & Sanjay Kumar Banerjee (2006), Solid State Electronic Devices, Pearson.

2.       Pierret R.F. : "Semiconductor Fundermentals", Addison Wesley, 1996.

3.       Linda Edward-Shea : "The Essence of Solid State Electronics", Prentice Hall, 1996.

 

 

 

GRADING:

 

Item
Mark (%)

No of test/quiz/assignment

Duration

Assignments & Presentation (Evaluation of LL1-2, CS1)

10

2

-

Quizzes (Evaluation of CTPS1-3)

10

Multiple

-

Test 1 (week 8)

15

1

1 hour

Test 2 (week 13)

15

1

1 hour

Final Exam

50

1

2.5 hours

 

 

 

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