PHYS 5520 Spring 2011

Physics 5520 Electronic Processes in Semiconductors (Spring, 2011)

Instructor: Distinguished Professor Z. Valy Vardeny
Office: 215 JFB
Phone: 1-8372
Fax: 1-4801
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office Hours: Monday 12:00-2:00 PM, or by appointment

Syllabus Homework Other
HW 1 Solutions
Experimental Determination of Properties of Solids (pptx)

HW 2 Solutions
Four Probe Resistivity AN2 (pdf)

HW 3 Solutions
Bulk Crystal Growth (pptx)

Textbook: "Semiconductor Physics and Devices; Basic Principles" By Donald A. Neamen; Third Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2003). This book was ordered and is available at the University Bookstore.

Grades: There will be a problem set every other week. In addition there will be a midterm exam. In lieu of a final exam each student will be given a 30-minutes presentation Also each student will get a semiconductor crystal that he would need to characterize by optical, electrical and other means, with a turn-in lab report.

The weighting is given below:

Problem Sets 30 points
Lab report 30 points
Mid-term exam 20 points
Presentation 40 points
Total 120 points

The grade would be then decided based on the class average

Background: You must have taken Physics 5510: Solid State Physics I or other equivalent course. An understanding of basic mathematics such as matrix and vector algebra, Fourier transform, and elementary second order differential equations is assumed.

Additional References: "Introduction to Solid State Physics", Charles Kittel, 8th edition (John Wiley). "Solid State Physics", Ashcroft & Mermin (Academic Press). "Optical Processes in Semiconductors", J.I. Pankove (Dover Science Books).

Lab Schedule:

Absorption Raman X-Ray Resistivity

March 21 March 22 March 22 March 23

JFB B-14 INSCC 130 MCEB 1325 JFB 210
Ella & Liz 11:00am - 1:00pm 11:00am 10:00am 1:30pm
Bhoj & Adam 9:00am - 11:00am 10:00am 11:00am
Bill & Anil 1:00pm-3:00pm 2:00pm 1:00pm
Tek & Cody 3:00pm - 5:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm

Outline: We will cover chapters 1-14 in the text book except chapter 12 and 13.

The lecturer reserves the right to change the order and time allocated to each chapter.

Chapter 1 The crystal structure of solids (2 lectures)
Chapter 3: Introduction to quantum theory of solids (3 lectures)
Chapter 4: The semiconductor in equilibrium (4 chapters)
Chapter 5: Carrier transport phenomena (3 lectures)
Chapter 6: Nonequilibrium excess carriers in semiconductors (4 lectures)
Chapter 14: Optical effect in semiconductors (5 lectures)
Chapter 7 & 8: The pn junction and pn diode (2 lectures)
Private Notes: The photodiode and photovoltaic effect (2 lectures)
Chapter 9: Metal-semiconductor and semiconductor junctions (2 lectures)
Chapter 10: The bipolar transistor (1 lecture)
Chapter 11: Metal-oxide semiconductor (2 lectures)

Follow Us

Support Us

Make A Difference

Outreach: The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the U

Community Outreach

Scholarships: The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the U

Academic Scholarships

General_Development: The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the U

Other Areas
of Support


Our Newest Program:

Crimson Laureate Society


Click to download full size.

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the U


Science, it makes us all go


Even Our English Majors Study Physics


The Formula For The Perfect Pass


  • Department of Physics & Astronomy • 201 James Fletcher Bldg. 115 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0830
  • PHONE 801-581-6901
  • Fax 801-581-4801
  • ©2018 The University of Utah