Physics 5520 Electronic Processes in Semiconductors (Spring, 2011)
Instructor: Distinguished Professor Z. Valy Vardeny
Office: 215 JFB
Phone: 18372
Fax: 14801
Email:
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Office Hours: Monday 12:002:00 PM, or by appointment
Syllabus  Homework  Other 
Syllabus 
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 (McGrawHill, 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 30minutes presentation Also each student will get a semiconductor crystal that he would need to characterize by optical, electrical and other means, with a turnin lab report.
The weighting is given below:
Problem Sets  30 points 
Lab report  30 points 
Midterm 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  XRay  Resistivity  
March 21  March 22  March 22  March 23  
JFB B14  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  1:00pm3:00pm  2:00pm  1:00pm  
Tek & Cody  3:00pm  5:00pm  1:00pm  2:00pm 
Outline: We will cover chapters 114 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:  Metalsemiconductor and semiconductor junctions (2 lectures) 
Chapter 10:  The bipolar transistor (1 lecture) 
Chapter 11:  Metaloxide semiconductor (2 lectures) 