The instructors lecture on semiconductor theory necessary for actual materials researchers, including from solid state physics to the intuitive understanding necessary for materials research. The first 5 classes cover from the fundamental electronic structure of semiconductors, semiconductor doping, the Fermi level, and statistical distribution functions, to PN junctions. The middle 5 classes concentrate on the operational principles of semiconductor devices such as solar cells, light-emitting diodes, and field-effect transistors. The last 5 classes then cover several topics related to the electronic structure which is essential for the design of semiconductor materials, such that it is useful for real research.
The purpose of this course is to provide students a basis of semiconductor theory, devices, and electronic structures of semiconductors which forms the basis for materials researchers advancing research in semiconductor materials.
[Objective] The objective of this lecture is to understand how to examine properties of semiconductor materials, which is necessary for materials researchers.
[Subject] From the view point of materials science, the essence for semiconductor physics, devices, and material design will be reviewed. It will be focused on understanding and mastering operation principle of representative electronic devices, their structures, and method of characterizations rather than details of semiconductor physics.
Semiconductor Physics, Semiconductor Devices, Development of Novel Semiconductor Materials
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The topic changes every class. There will be exercises.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Electronic Structure of Semiconductor||Understand electronic structure of semiconductor|
|Class 2||Doping||Understand doping technology of semiconductor|
|Class 3||Fermi Energy and Statistics Function||Understand statistics functions and Fermi-energy|
|Class 4||Basic Equations of Semiconductor Physics||Understand basic equations of semiconductor physics|
|Class 5||PN Junction||Understand pn junction|
|Class 6||Outline of Semiconductor Devices||Understand outline of semiconductor devices|
|Class 7||Light Emitting Diodes||Understand light emitting diodes|
|Class 8||Photovoltaic Cell and Photodiode||Understand photovoltaic cell and photodiode|
|Class 9||Bipolar Transistors and Field Effect Transistor||Understand bipolar transistors and field effect transistor|
|Class 10||Photoelectron Spectroscopies and their Application||Understand photoelectron spectroscopies and their application|
|Class 11||Band Line-up||Understand band line-up|
|Class 12||P-type and N-type Semiconductor Materials||Understand P-type and N-type Semiconductor Materials|
|Class 13||Ambipolar Semiconductor Materials||Understand ambipolar semiconductor materials|
|Class 14||Transparent Semiconductor Materials (Wide Band Gap Engineering)||Understand transparent semiconductor materials and wide band gap engineering|
|Class 15||Amorphous Semiconductors (Comparison with Crystal Semiconductors)||Understand amorphous semiconductors by comparing with crystal semiconductors|
Refer to either of the following reference books.
Physics of Semiconductor Devices, S. M. Sze and Kwok. K. NG, Wiley Third edition
Assessment is based on the quality of exercise problems (100%).
Students are encouraged to complete the related courses.