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Electronic Materials and Devices

Learn how electronic devices, such as diodes and transistors, are designed to exploit the electrical properties of materials.
Electronic Materials and Devices
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Estimated 5 weeks
8–12 hours per week
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Instructor-led on a course schedule
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About this course

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In this engineering course, you will learn about diodes, bipolar junction transistors, MOSFETs and semiconductor properties.

This course is part 1 of a series that explain the basis of the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials including semiconductors, metals, organics, and insulators. You will learn how devices are built to take advantage of these properties. This is illustrated with a wide range of devices, placing a strong emphasis on new and emerging technologies.

Part 2 - 3.15.2x: Optical Materials and Devices
Part 3 - 3.15.3x: Magnetic Materials and Devices

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:
    • Physics, calculus, and chemistry at the first year university level
    • Familiarity with materials structure and bonding
    • A background in solid state physics is helpful, but is not absolutely essential
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

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  • The origins of semiconductor properties
  • Carrier action in semiconductors: drift, diffusion, recombination and generation
  • The behavior of p-n junctions at equilibrium and under bias
  • The derivation and application of the ideal diode equation, and how real diodes differ from ideal diodes
  • Operating principles of bipolar junction transistors and MOSFETs

Week 1:

  • Semiconductor Fundamentals

Week 2:

  • Carrier Action: Drift and Diffusion
  • Carrier Action: Recombination and Generation

Week 3:

  • pn Junction at Equilibrium
  • pn Junction Under Bias
  • The Ideal Diode Equation and Real Diodes

Week 4:

  • Bipolar Junction Transistor
  • Field Effect Transistors

Week 5:

  • Final Quiz

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