227-0157-00L  Semiconductor Devices: Physical Bases and Simulation

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersA. Schenk
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


227-0157-00 GSemiconductor Devices: Physical Bases and Simulation
Falls alle Hörende es wünschen, kann die Vorlesung auch auf Deutsch gehalten werden.
3 hrs
Mon09:15-12:00ETZ G 91 »
A. Schenk

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AbstractThe course addresses the physical principles of modern semiconductor devices and the foundations of their modeling and numerical simulation. Necessary basic knowledge on quantum-mechanics, semiconductor physics and device physics is provided. Computer simulations of the most important devices and of interesting physical effects supplement the lectures.
ObjectiveThe course aims at the understanding of the principle physics of modern semiconductor devices, of the foundations in the physical modeling of transport and its numerical simulation. During the course also basic knowledge on quantum-mechanics, semiconductor physics and device physics is provided.
ContentThe main topics are: transport models for semiconductor devices (quantum transport, Boltzmann equation, drift-diffusion model, hydrodynamic model), physical characterization of silicon (intrinsic properties, scattering processes), mobility of cold and hot carriers, recombination (Shockley-Read-Hall statistics, Auger recombination), impact ionization, metal-semiconductor contact, metal-insulator-semiconductor structure, and heterojunctions.
The exercises are focussed on the theory and the basic understanding of the operation of special devices, as single-electron transistor, resonant tunneling diode, pn-diode, bipolar transistor, MOSFET, and laser. Numerical simulations of such devices are performed with an advanced simulation package (Sentaurus-Synopsys). This enables to understand the physical effects by means of computer experiments.
Lecture notesThe script (in book style) can be downloaded from: https://iis-students.ee.ethz.ch/lectures/
LiteratureThe script (in book style) is sufficient. Further reading will be recommended in the lecture.
Prerequisites / NoticeQualifications: Physics I+II, Semiconductor devices (4. semester).

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ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersA. Schenk
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationAuf Wunsch kann die Sessionsprüfung auch auf Deutsch durchgeführt werden.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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