Semiconductor Device Physics

Course Description

The main goal is to provide the students with an understanding of the relation between physical structure and circuit behavior of semiconductor active devices. The emphasis is on simple models of the semiconductor, the discussion of the properties of potential barriers and field effect, with the MOSFET as the centerpiece of the course. Simple one-device circuits are used to introduce non-linear behavior, and make the connection to the device physics. The students will learn the relation between external circuit parameters (as used in SPICE) and the device internal structure. At the end of the course the students will know the basic mechanism of rectification, amplification and switching and their implementation with various types of semiconductor devices.


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