This course provides the basic foundation for understanding electronic semiconductor devices and their circuit applications and limitations. It has introductory elements of quantum mechanics as a requirement for understanding the dynamics of the behavior of charge carriers and energy distributions within a semiconductor lattice and across p-n junctions. As such, reasonably strong mathematical and electrical field theory backgrounds are required – as obtained from the prerequisites.
The three fundamental areas of semiconductor devices; semiconductor theory, p-n junction devices and field effect devices, are adequately covered in this course. The learning experience is enhanced with computer-based exercises and assignments. The assignments will include: (1) a take home problem solving questions design to test student understanding of the theory; and (2) a report in the form of an IEEE paper structure on a survey of the state-of-the-art in semiconductor devices and manufacturing. The intent is to expose the student to high level technical publications. Circuit simulation tools will be used throughout this course.