2018 Physics and Chemistry of Semiconductors

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Hosono Hideo  Majima Yutaka  Hiramatsu Hidenori 
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Tue1-2(J234)  Fri1-2(J234)  
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Course description and aims

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.

Student learning outcomes

[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

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The topic changes every class. There will be exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Electronic Structure of Semiconductor Understand electronic structure of semiconductor
Class 2 Fermi Energy and Statistics Function Understand statistics functions and Fermi-energy
Class 3 Doping Understand doping technology of semiconductor
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.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Physics of Semiconductor Devices, S. M. Sze and Kwok. K. NG, Wiley Third edition

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on the quality of exercise problems (100%).

Related courses

  • MAT.A201 : Fundamentals of Electrical Science and Engineering
  • MAT.C203 : Statistical Mechanics (Ceramics course)
  • MAT.C202 : Crystal and Phonon
  • MAT.C305 : Semiconductor Materials and Device
  • MAT.C306 : Dielectric Materials Science
  • MAT.C310 : Mathematical Methods for Materials Science
  • MAT.C402 : Quantum Physics in Optical Response of Materials
  • MAT.C414 : Introduction to Solid State Science
  • MAT.C507 : Advanced Photo-Electronic Devices

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

Students are encouraged to complete the related courses.

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