2017 Semiconductor Materials and Device

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Takeda Hiroaki  Yamaguchi Masaki 
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Mon1-2(S7-202)  Thr1-2(S7-202)  
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Course description and aims

Semiconductor engineering is one of the most important subjects in material science because various semiconductor devises are extensively used in electric appliances and essential to electric appliances. The purpose of this lecture is to introduce fundamental and application of electronic property of semiconductor from viewpoint of material science. This lecture starts from description of energy and density of electrons in solid and follow description of electric conduction mechanism in solid, pn junction, and metal-semiconductor contact. The letter half of the lecture is for fabrication process and application of representative semiconductor materials. The devices using pn junction such as diode, transistor will be also explained.

Student learning outcomes

The purpose of this lecture is to understand basic theory of electric property of solid and its mechanism of electric conduction in solid as well as to become proficient at semiconductor materials and its application to electronic devices. Furthermore, this lecture aims to learn and acquire skills or knowledge to design functional semiconductor materials and develop new electronic devices.


Energy band structure, 、Density of states of carriers, intrinsic carrier concentration, pn junction、metal-semiconductor contact, doping, diode, transistor

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

1) Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.
2) Attendance is taken in every class.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction, History of electronics Overview of history of electronics
Class 2 Conductivity of solids and electronic state in solid Understanding meaning of conductivity
Class 3 Energy band structure of conductor, semiconductor, and insulator Understanding deference in energy band structure between conductor, semiconductor, and insulator
Class 4 Density of states of electrons in allowed band and electron motion Explain density of states of electrons in allowed band
Class 5 Electric conduction phenomena of semiconductor Understanding origin of electric conduction phenomena of semiconductor
Class 6 movement of carriers in semiconductor Explain movement of majority carriers and minority carriers in p- and n-type semiconductors
Class 7 Semiconductor-semiconductor junction Understanding n-type semiconductor-p-type semiconductor junction
Class 8 Metal-semiconductor contact, metal-insulator-semiconductor contact Understanding energy band structures in metal-semiconductor contact and metal-insulator-semiconductor contact
Class 9 Production of elemental and compound semiconductors (1): Crystal growth Understanding crystal growth technique of elemental and compound semiconductors
Class 10 Production of elemental and compound semiconductors (2): carrier doping Understanding carrier doping technique of elemental and compound semiconductors
Class 11 Characteristic of oxide semiconductors Understanding electric conduction mechanism and application of oxide semiconductors
Class 12 Fundamental characteristics of diode Understanding fundamental characteristics and application of diode
Class 13 Fundamental characteristics of bipolar transistor Understanding fundamental characteristics and application of bipolar transistor
Class 14 Fundamental characteristics of field effect transistor Understanding fundamental characteristics and application of field effect transistor
Class 15 Integrated circuit and memory circuit Understanding processing and application of integrated circuit and memory circuit


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.

Assessment criteria and methods

1) Students will be assessed on their understanding of "mechanism of electric conduction in solid" and "semiconductor materials and their application ".
2) Students' course scores are based on midterm and final exams (80%) and exercise problem in every class(20%).

Related courses

  • MAT.C202 : Crystal and Phonon
  • MAT.A203 : Quantum Mechanics of Materials

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

Students must have successfully completed Crystal and Phonon (MAT.C202) and Quantum Mechanics of Materials (MAT.A203) or have equivalent knowledge.

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