EE 324, Semiconductor Theory and Devices

Course number and name: EE 324, Semiconductor Theory and Devices

Credits and contact hours: 3 credits, 3 class hours

Specific course information:

  • Brief description of the content of the course:
    • Fundamentals of semiconductor materials and devices. Topics include introduction to quantum mechanics and electrical conduction in conductors, insulators, and semiconductors. The theory is applied in pn junctions, bipolar and field-effect transistors and opto-electronic devices.
  • Prerequisites or Co-requisites:
    • Prerequisite: PHYS 122 (General Physics II)
    • Co-requisites: None
  • Indicate whether a required or elective course in the program:
    • Selected Elective for Electrical Engineering

Specific goals for the course:

  • Specific Outcomes addressed by the course:
    • Apply the fundamentals of semiconductor theory to understanding of electronics.
    • Enhance familiarity with standard mathematics and principles of semiconductor devices.
  • Student Outcomes addressed by the course:
    • This course is not directly used as part of the electrical engineering departmentís student learning outcomes assessment program.

Brief list of topics to be covered:

  • Crystal properties
  • Overview of statistical and quantum mechanics
  • Energy bands and charge concentrations
  • Excess carriers
  • Semiconductor junctions
  • Field effect transistors
  • Bipolar junction transistors
  • Transistor amplifiers
  • Optoelectronic devices