Dr H Joyce and Prof S Hofmann
Prof S Hofmann
Timing and Structure
Michaelmas term. Weeks 1-4 (Dr H Joyce), Weeks 5-8 (Prof S Hofmann). 16 lectures in total with 2 lectures per week.
The aims of the course are to:
- Provide a framework of basic semiconductor physics
- Demonstrate how semiconductor physics dictates the operation and performance of electronic devices in circuits and systems.
As specific objectives, by the end of the course students should be able to:
- Explain the concept of wave-particle duality especially with regard to electrons.
- Calculate allowed electron energy levels in single atoms from solutions of Schrodinger Equation, and be familiar with the concept of energy bands.
- Explain electron behaviour in energy bands and bonds.
- Be familiar with the idea of the Fermi level, and the formation of n and p type semiconductors by the deliberate addition of dopant atoms.
- Apply the continuity equation to different semiconductor problems.
- Explain the formation of p-n junctions, and be familiar with how current flow across the junction is limited by minority carrier flow.
- Know how p-n junction formation can be used in the design of JFETs and bipolar transistors.
- Compare and contrast the performance of JFET and bipolar Transistors.
- Know how metal semiconductor junctions can be used in the design of MESFETs and HEMTs, and be able to compare operation with that of the JFET.
- Explain the operating modes of a MOS Capacitor and MOSFET, and be familiar with how device design affects I-V characteristics.
- Understand how MOSFETs may be utilised as simple memory devices.
Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor Physics
- Introduction to quantum mechanics: wave-particle duality, Schrodinger’s equation
- Physics of semiconductors: E-k diagrams, energy bands, direct and indirect band gaps, density of states, Fermi level, intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, drift and diffusion, recombination and generation, continuity equation
- Basic junctions and heterostructures: p-n junctions band diagrams, junction in equilibrium, current flow in p-n junction, metal-semiconductor junctions, heterojunctions
- Device engineering: the bipolar junction transistor (BJT), the heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT), the junction field effect transitor (JFET), the metal semiconductor field effect transistor (MESFET), the high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) and the metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) - how they operate and I-V characteristrics
Four examples papers are provided during the course, covering lectures 1-4, lectures 5-8, lectures 9-12 and lectures 13-16.
Schottky Barrier Diode
- Experimentally probe semiconductor engineering concepts related to theory given in lectures.
- Use oscillator circuit to investigate voltage dependence of the capacitance of a Schottky barrier diode and understand how this is a powerful technique for characterisation of semiconductor doping.
- Compare the current-voltage characteristics of Schottky and p-n diodes and explore deviations from ideal diode behaviour.
- Sessions will take place in the EIETL, during weeks 1-8 of Michaelmas term.
- This activity involves preliminary work (read and understand the lab handout).
Full Technical Report:
Students will have the option to submit a Full Technical Report.
Please refer to the Booklist for Part IIA Courses for references to this module, this can be found on the associated Moodle course.
Please refer to Form & conduct of the examinations.
The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) describes the requirements that have to be met in order to become a Chartered Engineer, and gives examples of ways of doing this.
UK-SPEC is published by the Engineering Council on behalf of the UK engineering profession. The standard has been developed, and is regularly updated, by panels representing professional engineering institutions, employers and engineering educators. Of particular relevance here is the 'Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes' (AHEP) document which sets out the standard for degree accreditation.
The Output Standards Matrices indicate where each of the Output Criteria as specified in the AHEP 3rd edition document is addressed within the Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Triposes.
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