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MATERIALS AND DEVICES FOR ELECTRONICS

CODE 62421
ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
CREDITS 6 credits during the 2nd year of 9012 PHYSICS (LM-17) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR FIS/03
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (PHYSICS)
SEMESTER 1° Semester
PREREQUISITES
Prerequisites
You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
  • PHYSICS 9012 (coorte 2018/2019)
  • MATTER PHYSICS 2 61844
  • THEORETICAL PHYSICS 61842
  • MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN PHYSICS 61843
  • NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS AND ASTROPHYSICS 2 61847
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The student will achieve a deep comprehension of the working principles of most common electronic devices, in terms of band structures of semiconductors and heterostructures and transport equations, analysing carrier type and properties. She/he will examine and evaluate physical limitations to a further optimization of device properties as well as technological bottlenecks. She/he will be able to critically evaluate pros and cons of new materials and technologies proposed to continue along the Moore law (More Moore and More than Moore).

TEACHING METHODS

Theoretical lectures (48h)

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Semiconductors: band structures, electronic properties and transport.

Junctions: Growth and device fabrication – P-n junction and Schottky junction - Band bending at the interface and electronic states – diffusion, generation and recombination – transport – two dimensional electron gases.

Electronic and optoelectronic devices: Diodes – Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJT) – Field effect Transistors (JFET e MOSFET) - CMOS- LED – photodiodes and phototransistors– Photovoltaic cells (hints) - Laser – Quantum cascade lasers.

Developments of electronics and optoelectronics: 2D materials (graphene, Xenes,) – Spintronics

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Lecture notes will be available on aulaweb immediately after each Lecture.

Recommended books

Kittel   “Introduction to solid state physics”

Brennan  “ The physics of semiconductors”

Sze  “ Physics of semiconductor devices ”

Pulfrey and Tarr   “Introduction to microelectronic devices”

Streetman-Banerjee  “Solid state electronic devices”

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

DANIELE MARRE' (President)

CORRADO BORAGNO

FLAVIO GATTI

ILARIA PALLECCHI

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Theoretical lectures (48h)

LESSONS START

First semester course

Lessons usually start last week of September

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam. The exam is composed by a discussion on an argument chosen by the student (prior agreement with teachers) and by one –two questions on other course’s main topics.

Three days before the discussion, the student must prepare and deliver a short manuscript on the chosen topic.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam normally lasts between 30 and 40 minutes and questions are chosen to assess the student’s knowledge, her/his ability to think critically and the correct use of scientific language