ECE 535 Theory of Semiconductors and Semiconductor Devices

Fall 2016
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Course description:
Introductory quantum mechanics of semiconductors; energy bands; dynamics of Bloch electrons in static and high-frequency electric fields;
equilibrium statistics; scattering and transport theory, diffusion and drift; principles of p-n junctions, heterojunctions and transistors.

Senior level course in atomic physics or quantum mechanics.

Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00-1:50pm

Place: 2013 Electrical & Computer Engineering Building

Credit: 4 credits

Course Policies:
Homeworks are usually assigned on Fridays and due on the next Friday. For late homework, please see Prof. Jean-Pierre Leburton in person.

Textbook: Karl Hess, Advanced Theory of Semiconductor Devices, IEEE Press 2000.

Course Notes:


HW1 (pdf) due: Solution

HW2 (pdf) due: Solution

HW3 (pdf) due: Solution

HW4 (pdf) due: Solution

HW5 (pdf) due: Solution

HW6 (pdf) due: Solution

HW7 (pdf) due: Solution

HW8 (pdf) due: Solution

HW9 (pdf) due: Solution

HW10 (pdf) due: HW 10 problem 1 hint Solution

HW11 (pdf) due: Solution

HW12 (pdf) due: Solution

Term Project:



AUTHORSHIP: Collective work by 2 students.

Topic: A current and original research issue in semiconductor electronics relevant to or making use of topics discussed in class
The topic must be selected from the list above. Each group of 2 students must work on a different topic from other groups in the above list! Topic selection will be approved on first-come-first-serve basis.

To be avoided: electronic or optical device fabrication and processing issues, materials issues, pure theoretical or mathematical issues such as quantum computing, etc.

FORMAT: 4 pages APL style report, well balanced by a few equations illustrating the concept, a paragraph of introduction and motivations and a few figures describing the problem with results commented in the text. The report should be a synthesis of several papers on a specific subject with personal conclusions by the authors. It should have an abstract, and be clearly presented with clear and readable figures. A paper full of equations or copied from existing literature is prohibited; so is a wordy paper without equation or figures.



Final Exam:


(Sample final)

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