ECE 535
Theory of Semiconductors and Semiconductor Devices

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Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
E DIS 1300 - 1350 M W F   260 Everitt Lab  Jean-Pierre Leburton
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Official Description Introductory quantum mechanics of semiconductors; energy bands; dynamics of Block electrons in static and high-frequency electric and magnetic fields; equilibrium statistics; transport theory, diffusion, drift, and thermoelectric effects; characteristics of p-n junctions, heterojunctions, and transistor devices. Course Information: Same as PHYS 565. Prerequisite: Senior-level course in quantum mechanics or atomic physics.
Subject Area Microelectronics and Photonics
Course Prerequisites
Course Directors Jean-Pierre Leburton
Detailed Description and Outline


  • Review of basic quantum mechanics
  • Lattice vibrations
  • Symmetry of crystal and band theory
  • Carrier statistics
  • Scattering theory and Boltzmann equation
  • Generation recombination
  • Device equations
  • Heterojunction
  • Diodes
  • Transistors
  • Electron dynamics, III: recombination-generation-trapping: general classifications via physical models; kinetics of selected mechanisms, thermal, optical, interband, band-impurity transitions, Auger processes

Same as PHYS 535.

K. Hess, Advanced Theory of Semiconductor Devices, Prentice-Hall.
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Last updated: 2/13/2013