David L. Pulfrey
Kaiser 4037 (Ampere)
Tuesday & Thursday
Room MCLD 242
1300h - 1400h, Wednesday
1400h - 1600h, Monday & Wednesday
course is about semiconductor devices of topical importance. The devices to be covered in 2011 are solar cells, light-emitting diodes, and transistors. You will learn how these devices work, how they are made, how
they are designed, and how they are analyzed. For solar cells, the emphasis will be on Si multicrystalline cells. The prospects for photovoltaics as a viable source of renewable energy will be discussed. For LEDS, high-brightess and white-light diodes will be covered. The prospects for LEDs significantly reducing the energy used in general lighting will be discussed. For transistors, BJTs, HBTs, MOSFETs, MESFETs and HEMTs will be covered.
You will learn which of these transistors are suited to particular applications, e.g., high-speed digital switching, high-frequency analog amplification, high-power drivers, low-noise amplification, semiconductor memory, nanoelectronics.
The objective of the course is to provide a solid foundation in the
physics of semiconductors so that students will be able to not only understand
current devices and exploit them in novel applications, but also
appreciate the workings of new semiconductor devices as they materialize and evolve
in future years. The material is presented rigorously, and this is not a survey course.
AMD: 45nm SOI FET (2009)