EE 30347 Fundamentals of Semiconductors (Fall)

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Credit hours: 3
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The goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge to understand and describe the fundamentals of semiconductor physics and the operation of basic semiconductor devices including diodes and transistors.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic physical properties of semiconductors and what material parameters affect these properties
  • Explain the natural laws governing electrical conduction in semiconductors
  • Qualitatively and quantitatively analyze the operational characteristics of basic semiconductor devices
  • Predict changes in the operational characteristics of basic semiconductor devices when material and design parameters are modified
  • Recognize the breadth and scope of the semiconductor industry and its various professional and societal opportunities.

Course Topics

Semiconductor physics

  • Crystalline structures
  • Charge carriers
  • Energy band structures
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors
  • Charge carrier statistics
  • Current: Drift and diffusion
  • Optical processes

Semiconductor devices

  • PN junctions (diodes, photodiodes, LEDs)
  • Metal/semiconductor devices
  • Intro to micro/nano fabrication
  • Intro to transistors
    • FETs
    • MOSFETs
    • BJTs