704722 VU Special Themes 1: Semiconductor Physics

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VU Special Themes 1: Semiconductor Physics
VU 3

At the end of the class students should 

  • know the most important kinds of semiconductors and their properties,
  • be able to apply the mathematical and physical principles of solid state physics to solve problems in semiconductor physics,
  • be able to identify the material and structural properties relevant to questions in semiconductor physics and -technology, and
  • know the most important numerical and experimental techniques for the modelling and investigation of semiconductors.

The physics of semiconductors is the foundation of most modern digital and optical technologies. Microelectronics, power electronics, optical instrumentation, photovoltaics, and communication technolgy are all built with semiconductors. Base on a prerequisite knowledge of solid state physics we will develop its application to semiconductors.

  1. Reminder/extension of solid state physics
    1. Electrons in crystals
    2. Charge transport
  2. Semiconductor basics
    1. Bonds and orbitals
    2. Band structures
    3. Mechanical stress
  3. Optical properties
    1. Light propagation in media
    2. Interband transitions
    3. Excitons
    4. Polaritons
  4. Heterostructures
    1. Foundations and band alignment
    2. Doped Heterostructures
    3. Quantum wells
    4. Quantum dots
  5. Semiconductor lasers
    1. Optical emission and amplification
    2. Heterostructure lasers

Tablet-pc presentation

Written discussion of a scientific article or small programming project.

  • Gross & Marx, Solid State Physics, Oldenbourg/DeGruyter
  • Grundmann, The Physics of Semiconductors, Springer
  • Hamaguchi, Basic Semiconductor Physics, Springer
  • Yu & Cardona, Fundamentals of Semiconductors, Springer

Solid-state physics

Coordination meeting: Tue, October 4, 14:00
Room 01/512 (Technikerstr. 25d)

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Mi. 11:30-14 Uhr, HS-Vorbereitung 01/110
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