360.241 Introduction to Semiconductor Physics and Devices
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 3.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:
1) explain the physical mechanisms involved in the operation of semiconductor devices,
2) calculate the central physical properties of semiconductor systems,
3) find the appropriate models to describe a problem in semiconductor physics, and
4) assess the operation principles of modern semiconductor devices.

Subject of course

In this course we will learn how the quantum mechanics of solids and transport has been harnessed to build the Digital Age. We will explore the physics of semiconductors and semiconductor devices and the role they play in modern technology. We will also lay the ground-work for more advanced discussions of how computational techniques and simulation can be used to push knowledge in this field forward to new horizons.

Topics of the course:

- The Basic Structure of Crystals and Solids
- The Quantum Mechanics of Solids
- The Physics of Semiconductors
- Transport in Semiconductors
- The PN junction
- The PN diode
- PN Junctions and Modern Technology (LEDs, Photovoltaics, etc.)
- The MOS transistor
- The MOS capacitor
- MOSFETs and Modern Technology (VLSI, IGFET Sensors, etc.)
- Metal/semiconductor interfaces
- Heterostructures and Modern Technology (Schottky Diodes, 2D-FETs, etc.)

Teaching methods

The teaching methods used in this course will consist of regular lectures with course concepts being consistently reinforced throughout the term through semi-frequent short conceptual quizzes (in class).  In addition to lecturing there will be take-home assignments involving more detailed calculation as well as a short oral presentation aimed at introducing the student to interesting and cutting-edge current research related to the idea developed throughout the course.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Wed10:15 - 12:0005.10.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed10:15 - 12:0012.10.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed10:15 - 12:0019.10.2022 Only via Zoom meeting (LIVE)Vorlesungseinheit
Wed10:15 - 12:0009.11.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed10:15 - 12:0016.11.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed10:15 - 12:0023.11.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed10:15 - 12:0030.11.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed10:15 - 12:0007.12.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed10:15 - 12:0014.12.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed09:15 - 11:0021.12.2022 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit
Wed10:15 - 12:0011.01.2023 Seminarraum E360 / CD0520 (LIVE)Lecture unit

Examination modalities

- In-class Conceptual Quizzes (40%)
- Literature Oral Presentation (15%)
- Four Take-Home Assignments (45%)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
21.09.2022 08:00 30.10.2022 08:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 393 Interdisciplinary Mathematics Not specified
066 646 Computational Science and Engineering Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Due to the diverse and varying backgrounds of students in the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) masters program, prerequisites for knowledge of basic physics has been kept as minimal as is feasible for a graduate course. However, it is strongly recommended that the student have at least some basic exposure to the concepts and equations in the physics of electromagnetism. With respect to math background, it is expected that the student be comfortable with calculus and with differential equations especially. Most of the calculus in the course will be done in one-dimension but a familiarity with vector calculus would also be recommended.