ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 5200 Semiconductor Alloys and Heterostructures


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ECE 5200 Semiconductor Alloys and Heterostructures (3C)

Advanced treatment of semiconductor materials with an emphasis on binary compounds, ternary and quaternary alloys, and strained-layer structures. Topics include crystal structure; lattice vibrations and phonons; energy band structure; equilibrium and non-equilibrium carrier distributions; electron and hole transport via diffusion and drift; and carrier generation and recombination mechanisms.

What is the reason for this course?

Students in the College of Engineering who intend to follow a career path that involves the development of new semiconductor materials and nanoscale structures must understand the underlying physical phenomena that enable the operation of modern devices built from such materials. This course will serve as a prerequisite for two new advanced courses offered in the MSE and ECE Departments on the topics of semiconductor-based nanostructures, electronic devices, and photonic devices.

Typically offered: Fall. Program Area: Electronics.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ECE: 4214 or MSE 3204 or PHYS 3455, graduate standing in the College of Engineering or College of Science. MSE: 3204 or ECE 4214 or PHYS 3455, and graduate standing in College of Engineering or College of Science.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

The advanced course builds upon the subject matter taught in MSE 3204 and PHYS 3455.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Explain the behavior of semiconductor materials from the perspective of quantum mechanics and solid-state physics.
  • Evaluate the impact of changes in material composition and/or structure at the atomic scale on the macroscopic physical properties of the material.
  • Identify the most optimum choices of semiconductor materials and structures to achieve specific types of device functionality.

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
Basic Concepts in Quantum Mechanics 5%
Crystal Structure and Reciprocal Space 5%
Lattice Vibrations and Phonons 10%
Electrons and Holes in Periodic Potentials 15%
Energy Band Structure of Semiconductor Alloys and Heterostructures 25%
Equilibrium Distributions of Electrons and Holes 10%
Boltzmann Transport Equations for Charge and Energy 10%
Carrier Generation and Recombination Mechanisms 10%
Drift and Diffusion Currents and the Continuity Equation 10%

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