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FMI040 - Semiconductor materials physics
 
Owner: FNMAS
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D
Department: 59 - MICROTECHNOLOGY AND NANOSCIENCE


Teaching language: Swedish
Maximum participants: 18

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0102 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

In programs

MTMAS MSc PROGR IN MICROSYSTEM INTEGRATION TECHNOLOGY, Year 1 (elective)
TTFYA ENGINEERING PHYSICS, Year 4 (elective)
FNMAS MSc PROGRAMME IN NANOSCALE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, Year 1 (elective)
MAMAS MSc PROGR IN ADVANCED MATERIALS - Electronic materials technology, Year 1 (elective)

Examiner:

Bitr professor  Thorvald Andersson



Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

A basic course in solid state physics is recommended (eg. books by C Kittel or P Myers).

Aim

The Course gives both an overview and a deep understanding of semiconducting materials in general, their limitations and advantages, the knowledge about semiconductor material physics and finally properties of heterostructures. Also molecular semiconductors are treated. The course provides the students a knowledge ranging from basics to applications.

Goal

See above

Content

General
Semiconductors, and the use of them, have a very important (maybe even crucial) role in science and industrial applications. They also have a large impact on the social life in general due to the rapid development of new devices and the practical use of them. New requests within the fields of opto- and high frequency applications are exemplified by semiconductor lasers in CD-ROM s and high speed transistors in mobile phones. Other applications for computers, displays and even lamps for lightning depend on the use of new semiconductors and heterostructures. Therefore, the need of semiconductors and the know-how about them are of crucial importance in the whole area of technology.

The aim
The Course gives both an overview and a deep understanding of semiconducting materials in general, their limitations and advantages, the knowledge about semiconductor material physics and finally properties of heterostructures. The course provides the students a knowledge ranging from basis to applications.

Content and organisation
Introduction: some history, definitions, overview about materials, the use of semiconductors for different purposes, elemental semiconductors versus compound semiconductors and brief description of device processing made in clean rooms.

Semiconductor physics: crystal structure, single crystal surface structures, phonons, electron structure, electron band structure and dispersion, band gap, material modifications introduced by an alloy, effects of impurities and defects, electron transport and optical properties.

Heterostructures: contacts, interfaces, band gap discontinuities, potential diagrams, simple quantum structures and superlattices.

Materials: classification of semiconductors from the periodic table, overview of electronic materials, organic semiconductors, presentation of bulk single crystal growth and description of epitaxial layer growth by MBE and MOVPE.

Device structures: examples of heterostructures used for devices.

A few practices and demonstrations and a miniproject are made.

Organisation

More information under "Course" at http://fy.chalmers.se/mbe/

Literature

Compendium. "Semiconductors and heterostructures - 2006"

Examination

Written exam.


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