About this courseSkip About this course
This course provides the graduate-level introduction to understand, analyze, characterize and design the operation of semiconductor devices such as transistors, diodes, solar cells, light-emitting devices, and more.
The material will primarily appeal to electrical engineering students whose interests are in applications of semiconductor devices in circuits and systems. The treatment is physics-based, provides derivations of the mathematical descriptions, and enables students to quantitatively analyze device internal processes, analyze device performance, and begin the design of devices given specific performance criteria.
Technology users will gain an understanding of the semiconductor physics that is the basis for devices. Semiconductor technology developers may find it a useful starting point for diving deeper into condensed matter physics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and materials science. The course presents an electrical engineering perspective on semiconductors, but those in other fields may find it a useful introduction to the approach that has guided the development of semiconductor technology for the past 50+ years.
Students taking this course will be required to complete:
- three (3) proctored exams using the edX online Proctortrack software.
- thirteen (13) weekly homework assignments.
- thirty (30) online quizzes are spread throughout the 15-week semester.
Completed exams and homework will be scanned and submitted using Gradescope for grading.
This course is one of a growing suite of graduate-level courses being developed in an edX/Purdue University collaboration. Courses like this can apply toward a Purdue University MSECE degree for students accepted into the full master’s program.
What you'll learnSkip What you'll learn
With the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain the working principles of these devices.
- Explain the physical processes in these devices.
- Relate the device performance to materials and design criteria.
- Speak the "language" of device engineers.
- Be ready to engage in device research
1 Course Introduction
4 Elements of Quantum Mechanics
5 Analytical Solutions to Free and Bound Electrons
6 Electron Tunneling – Emergence of Bandstructure
7 Bandstructure – in 1D Periodic Potentials
8 Brillouin Zone and Reciprocal Lattice
9 Constant Energy Surfaces & Density of States
10 Bandstructure in Real Materials (Si, Ge, GaAs)
11 Bandstructure Measurements
12 Occupation of States
13 Band Diagrams
15 Introduction to Non-Equilibrium
16 Recombination & Generation
17 Intro to Transport - Drift, Mobility, Diffusion, Einstein Relationship
18 Semiconductor Equations
19 Introduction to PN Junctions
20 PN Diode I-V Characteristics
21 PN Diode AC Response
22 PN Diode Large Signal Response
23 Schottky Diode
24 Bipolar Junction Transistor - Fundamentals
25 Bipolar Junction Transistor - Design
26 Bipolar Junction Transistor – High Frequency Response
27 Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor
28 MOS Electrostatics & MOScap
29 MOS Capacitor Signal Response
30 MOSFET Introduction
31 MOSFET Non-Idealities
32 Modern MOSFET
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Frequently asked questions
Does this course require textbooks?
Yes. This course will use the textbooks below.
- Advanced Semiconductor Fundamentals , second edition, Robert F. Pierret, Publisher: Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0130617927 ISBN-10:013061792X
- Semiconductor Device Fundamentals , Robert. F. Pierret, Publisher Addison Wesley, ISBN-13: 978-0201543933 ISBN-10:0201543931
Who can take this course?
Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.