ECE 539
Advanced Theory of Semiconductors & Devices

Displaying course information from Spring 2012.

Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
X DIS 1200 - 1250 M W F   245 Everitt Lab  Matthew Gilbert
Official Description Advanced topics of current interest in the physics of semiconductors and solid-state devices. Course Information: Prerequisite: ECE 535.
Subject Area Microelectronics and Photonics
Course Prerequisites Credit in ECE 535
Course Directors Umberto Ravaioli
Detailed Description and Outline


  • Review of semiconductor equations and numerical methods
  • Discretization of the basic drift-diffusion equations
  • Decoupled and coupled solution approaches with examples
  • Hydrodynamic models for device simulation
  • Monte Carlo models for device simulation
  • Self-consistent ensemble Monte Carlo method for device simulation with examples
  • Operation of advanced bipolar and hetero-junction bipolar transistors devices
  • Operation of advanced field effect transistors with emphasis on High electron mobility transistors
  • Deep submicron MOSFETs
  • Survey of techniques for quantum device modeling
  • Examinations, computer projects

Same as CSE 534.

Selected articles and class notes.
S. Selberherr, Analysis and Simulation of Semiconductor Devices, 1984.
K. Hess, Advanced Theory of Semiconductor Devices, 1999.
S.M. Sze, Ed., High-Speed Semiconductor Devices, 1990.
Last updated: 2/13/2013