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ENEE413 Fundamentals of Solid State Electronics

Course Description: This is a course in advanced component physics, providing a thorough description of those parts not usually covered in introductory electronics courses. These include Schottky and tunnel junctions, negative resistance devices used as microwave oscillators, homo-structure compound semiconductor transistors, hetero-structure (quantum effect) transistors, non-volatile memory devices, photonic devices such as LEDs and solid-state lasers, particle detectors, photo-detectors and imagers. Special consideration will be given to achieve an understanding of noise processes that limit the performance of these photonic components. In all cases, system-level applications will be illustrated.

Prerequisite(s): ENEE 303, ENEE 313

Corequisite(s): None

Course Objectives: This course builds on the foundation of semiconductor component physics developed in ENEE 313 and applies this foundation to achieve an understanding of the broad array of components in wide-spread use in diverse areas of electrical engineering today. It is assumed that the student has a basic understanding of pn-junction transport and of the function of bipolar and MOS transistor operation. This course expands on this base by describing the function and application of a much broader class of components. The idea is to allow students to develop a conceptual understanding of how materials can be manipulated to achieve a given electronic function

Topics Covered:

  • Schottky effect and Zener tunneling
  • The concept of differential negative resistance (DNR) and its application
  • to microwave devices
  • Advanced approaches to transistor operation: DMOS, VMOS, thin film transistors,
  • Heterostructures and MODFETS
  • Non-volatile memories
  • Power devices: Silicon controlled rectifiers, power transistor design
  • Component Integration and thermal management
  • Photonic devices: Light emitting diodes and solid-state lasers
  • Particle and radiation sensors
  • Imagers: CCDs and active pixel arrays
  • Noise processes in solid-state components