Courses
ECE 606: Solid State Devices  Professors Muhammad A. Alam and Mark Lundstrom
This course was developed by Professor Mark Lundstrom using Professor Muhammad Alam’s lectures. It focuses on basic semiconductor physics and the physics of three important devices: 1) the PN junction, 2) the bipolar junction transistor (BJT), and 3) the metaloxidesemiconductor fieldeffect transistor (MOSFET).
Course Description
This course is about basic semiconductor physics and the physics of three important devices: 1) the PN junction, 2) the bipolar junction transistor (BJT), and 3) the metaloxidesemiconductor fieldeffect transistor (MOSFET). The course is divided into three parts. The first part is an introduction to quantum mechanics and solidstate physics (energy bands, electrons and holes, the Fermi function), doping and carrier densities, carrier transport and generationrecombination, and the socalled semiconductor equations, which provide a complete, semiclassical, mathematical description of electrons and holes in semiconductors, subject to some important simplifying assumptions. The second part of the course applies these concepts to PN junctions and bipolar junction transistors (BJTs), and the third part treats the dominant electronic device today, the metaloxidesemiconductor fieldeffect transistor (MOSFET).
The course covers a lot of ground, but it provides a basic understanding of semiconductors and devices, for those interested in circuits and applications, and a starting point for further studies, for those who intend to focus on electronic materials and devices.
For a useful collection of practice exams, see Prof. Robert Pierret’s: Exams for Semiconductor Device Fundamentals
 Week 1: Introduction / Geometry of Crystals
 Week 2: Quantum Mechanics / Schrodinger Equation (ASF 2245)
 Week 3: Energy Bands / Energy Bands in 3D Crystals
 Week 4: Density of States / FermiDirac Statistics
 Week 5: Doping / Equilibrium Statistics / Carrier Conc.
 Week 6: RecombinationGeneration, Bulk and Surface
 Week 7: Carrier Transport / Semiconductor Equations
 Week 8: PN and MS Diode Electrostatics / IV Characteristics
 Week 9: PN Junctions – nonideal / AC Resp. / Trans
 Week 10: Bipolar Transistors
 Week 11: References and Supplementary Information
 Week 12: MOS Electrostatics
 Week 13: MOSFETS: Ideal
 Week 14: MOSFETS: Nonideal
 Week 15: Course Wrapup
 Finals Week

The Final Exam is not comprehensive – Exam 6 is much like Exams 15.
 Exam 6