ECE 535 Theory of Semiconductors and Semiconductor Devices

Fall 2017
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


[Announcements | Administrative | Homework | Term Paper | Final Exam ]


09/13: HW2 has been updated. Three questions are added to problem 3.

09/06: Prof. Leburton's office hour tomorrow (09/07) will be at 2-3 pm in Beckman Institute 3109.

08/31: HW1 is posted. It is due next Friday (Sept 8th) before class starts.



·       Jean-Pierre Leburton

·       Office: MNTL 1258

·       Phone: (217)333-6813

·       Email:

·       Office hours: Wednesday 2-3 pm @ MNTL 1258

Teaching Assistant:

·       Irene Xiong

·       Email:

·       Office hours: Thursday 3-4 pm @ ECEB 3034

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.


20% Homework + 30% Term Project + 50% Final Exam

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HW1  due: September 8th Solution

HW2  due: September 18th Solution

HW3  due: September 22th Solution

HW4  due: September 29th Solution

HW5  due: October 6th Solution

HW6 due: October 13th Solution

HW7 due: October 23th Solution

HW8 due: October 27th Solution

HW9 due: November 3rd Solution

HW10 due: November 10th Solution

HW11 due:November 27th Solution

HW12 due: December 6th Solution

HW13 due: December 13th 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 and not a part of your MS/PhD research! Topic selection will be approved by Prof. Leburton 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:

12/20/2017 8:00-11:00 AM at ECEB2013

(Sample final)

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