Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This unit aims to enhance students knowledge of semiconductor materials and devices, and issues in their use in the implementation of microelectronic circuits. Topics covered include fundamentals of carrier transport, generation, recombination and storage in semiconductors. The quantum mechanical foundations of the properties of solids. Types of solids and crystal structure. Surface properties. Semiconductor equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistics. Quantum processes in reduced dimensionality structures. Carrier lifetimes. Optical absorption in metals and semiconductors. Semiconductor junctions including the principles of operation of the p-n junction. Metal semiconductor ohmic and Schottky junctions. Semiconductor heterostructures. Electrical, structural and optical characterisation.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Devlin

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPhysics of semiconductor devicesRecommendedSze, S.M.2ND EDN, 1981.

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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Devlin

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 2-hour examination70
one 500-word laboratory reportIn order to pass this unit, students must obtain an overall pass grade, pass the examination and pass the practical work.10
three 500-word assignments20