2016 Semiconductor Physics

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Graduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Yamada Akira 
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Tue5-6(S223)  Fri5-6(S223)  
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Course description and aims

In the course, the drift and diffusion current are derived from the Boltzmann equation, and students understand the relationship between the mobility and diffusion coefficient, and the relaxation time. In the second part, the band structure of solids is explained by the chemical bonding point of view. The explanation facilitate students’understanding of the origin of effective mass and optical properties of solids. In the final part, the physics of the semiconductor heterojunction is shown.

The aim of this course is the deep understanding of electrical and optical properties of solids.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
1) understand the physics of mobility and diffusion coefficient, and explain the relaxation time.
2) explain the relationship between atomic orbitals and band structure.
3) draw the band diagram of semiconductor heterojunction, and explain the electrical conduction at the heterojunction.


Boltzmann equation, relaxation time, chemical bonds, band structure, heterojunction, electrical conduction

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

At the beginning of each class, the previous class is reviewed. At the end of the lecture, an assignment is given.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basics of electrical transport in solids Explain the mobility.
Class 2 Basics of Boltzmann equation Explain the phase (position-velocity) space.
Class 3 Derivation of Boltzmann equation Derive the Boltzmann equation.
Class 4 Drift and diffusion current Derive the drift and diffusion current.
Class 5 Physical property of relaxation time Explain the relaxation time.
Class 6 Basics of band structure Explain the relationship between the wavenumber and energy.
Class 7 Review of quantum mechanics Explain the Hamiltonian.
Class 8 Basics of chemical bonds Derive the bonding and antibonding orbitals.
Class 9 Electronic band structure and chemical bonds Explain bonds and bands in semiconductors.
Class 10 Band structure based on chemical bonding Explain the band structure.
Class 11 Electrons and holes, effective mass, optical properties of solids Explain the effective mass.
Class 12 Basics of semiconductor heterojunction Explain the heterostructure and lattice mismatch.
Class 13 Band diagram of heterojunction Draw the band diagram of heterojunction.
Class 14 Electrical conduction at the heterojunction Explain the I-V characteristics at the heterojucntion.
Class 15 Transistors, solar cells, quantum wells Explain the operating principles of heterojunction devices.


Specified by the academic supervisor, as necessary

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified by the academic supervisor, as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Determined by the student outcomes 1) to 3).
Student’s course scores are conducted based on the due assignments (20%) and final examination (80%).

Related courses

  • EEE.D211 : Semiconductor Physics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisite.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Akira YAMADA(yamada.a.ac[at]m.titech.ac.jp)

Office hours

Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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