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School of Engineering and Technology – A Purdue University School IUPUI (Indianapolis

ECE 305000 Syllabus, page 1
Course: ECE 30500 – Semiconductor Devices revision: 27Jan14
Section #: 31807
Spring semester 2014

Text: Robert F. Pierret, “Semiconductor Device Fundamentals,” 1996 (required)

Pre-requisites: ECE 255, MATH 262, PHYS 251

Days/Time: Monday & Wednesdays, 9:00 am until 10:15 am
Classroom: ET 327 – video help desk 812-856-2020

Instructor: Dr. Peter J. Schubert, P.E.
Office: EL-228 (new building, east of Library)
Phone: 317-278-0812

Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 10:30-11:30 am
Friday 8:00-10:00 am
Other times by appointment only (inquire by e-mail)

Instructor out: 20 Feb – 6 March 2014 – Fulbright Specialist project in Malta

Policies: Respect the learning process. Be considerate of other students. Read your text!

Oncourse: Select lectures will be recorded and available on-line

AdobeConnect: Certain office hours may be held live on-line

MATLAB: Will be very helpful for some homework assignments, but not required

Grader: TBA

Grading: Best 4 out of 5 Quizzes 60%
Final Exam 40%

Objectives: Develop qualitative understanding of semiconductor device physics with sufficient
mathematical skills to derive practical models of device performance.

Course Lectures:
Lecture 1 13Jan Course instructions, “war stories”, relevance, phenomenological backstory
Lecture 2 15Jan Chapter 1 – visualization of crystal lattices, materials science background


Lecture 3 22Jan Chapter 2 – energy bands, charge carriers and their properties
Lecture 4 27Jan Chapter 3 – ways charge carriers move, get created/destroyed
Lecture 5 29Jan Chapter 3 (continued) – equations of state, resistivity, current density
Lecture 6 3Feb Chapter 4 – fabrication of semiconductor devices – impact on performance
School of Engineering and Technology – A Purdue University School IUPUI (Indianapolis)
ECE 305000 Syllabus, page 2
QUIZ #1 5Feb Open book quiz covering chapters 1,2,3,4

Lecture 8 10Feb Chapter 5 – p-n junctions – everything about diodes before applying voltage
Lecture 9 12Feb Chapter 6 – the most basic semiconductor device – the p-n diode – how it works
Lecture 10 17Feb Chapter 7 – p-n diode’s a.c. response to small signals superposed on d.c. bias
Lecture 11 19Feb Chapter 8 – turn-on and turn-off characteristics of p-n junction diode

Lecture 12 24Feb – on-line in Oncourse (no office hours) Chapter 9 – photodiodes, solar cells, LEDs
QUIZ #2 26Feb Proctored open book quiz covering chapters 5,6,7,8,9

Lecture 14 3Mar – on-line in Oncourse (no office hours) Chapter 10 – bipolar junction transistor
Lecture 15 5 Mar – on-line in Oncourse (no office hours) Chapter 11 – BJT fundamentals

Lecture 16 10Mar Chapter 12 – BJT small signal model – high frequency performance
QUIZ #3 12Mar Open book quiz covering chapters 10,11,12

SPRING BREAK 17Mar NO CLASSES (read your text)
SPRING BREAK 19Mar NO CLASSES (this is a really great book, everything makes sense if you read it)

Lecture 18 24Mar Chapter 13 – multi-junction devices – practical power electronics
Lecture 19 26Mar Chapter 14 – metal-semiconductor interfaces – Special GUEST LECTURE!
QUIZ #4 31Mar Closed book quiz covering chapters 13 & 14

Lecture 21 2Apr Chapter 15 – the field effect – first semiconducting effect ever discovered
Lecture 22 7Apr Chapter 16 – Metal-Oxide-Silicon – the foundation of modern microprocessors
Lecture 23 9Apr Chapter 16 (continued) – understanding capacitance vs. voltage for MOS
Lecture 24 14Apr Chapter 17 – MOS Field Effect Transistors – our first 2-dimensional treatment
Lecture 25 16Apr Chapter 17 (continued) – small signal a.c. response – high frequency effects
QUIZ #5 21Apr Open book quiz covering chapters 15,16,17

Lecture 27 23Apr Selections from Chapters 18, 19 – important real-world considerations
Lecture 28 28Apr Use of MATLAB to solve semiconductor problems
Lecture 29 30Apr Review p-n junction diodes and BJTs
Lecture 30 5 May Review field effect devices

FINAL EXAM TBA (between 3 and 10 March 2014)
Anticipated Exam Content:
1 formula derivation involving calculus
2 complex computation questions
5 questions calling for you to sketch energy bands or device curves
5 essay questions to test your qualitative understanding
3 interpretation questions such as you might get asked in a job interview

Course notes:
1. We use methods of calculus such as separation of variables and integration by parts. Review.
2. Cheating is taken very seriously. Second chances are not provided. Cheaters earn an F grade.
a. If you use a phone calculator in quizzes/final, and the proctor sees any text, you’re out.
3. Buy the text early. Read it often. I read it front-to-back during fall semester 2013. Great book!