ECE 535 Theory of Semiconductors and Semiconductor Devices

Fall 2014
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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  • Sample final is available.
  • Homework scores for HW #1 through #12 are viewable through compass.
  • Final exam: Thursday, December 18, 7:00-10:00 pm, in Rm. 3013, ECEB.
  • Term paper deadline: Term papers are due Wednesday 11/19 in class.

  • Administrative:


    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: 3013 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: Friday, 9/5/2014 Solution

    HW2 (pdf) due: Friday, 9/12/2014 Solution

    HW3 (pdf) due: Friday, 9/19/2014 Solution

    HW4 (pdf) due: Friday, 9/26/2014 Solution

    HW5 (pdf) due: Friday, 10/3/2014 Solution

    HW6 (pdf) due: Friday, 10/10/2014 Solution

    HW7 (pdf) due: Friday, 10/17/2014 Solution

    HW8 ... Updated HW8 (pdf) due: Friday, 10/24/2014 Solution

    HW9 (pdf) due: Friday, 10/31/2014 Solution

    HW10 (pdf) due: Friday, 11/07/2014 HW 10 problem 1 hint Solution

    HW11 (pdf) due: Friday, 11/14/2014 Solution

    HW12 (pdf) due: Friday, 12/5/2014 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.


    DEADLINE FOR FINAL PAPER SUBMISSION: 19th November (Wednesday).

    Final Exam:

    Thursday, December 18, 7:00-10:00 pm, in Rm. 3013, ECEB.

    (Sample final)

    Credit:The layout of this site is due to Lingxiao Zhang, who was a previous TA for this course.