ECE 59500 - Fundamentals of Transistors
This course will run the second five weeks of the semester and is offered through edX.
Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 1
Areas of Specialization:
- Microelectronics and Nanotechnology
- EE Elective
- CMPE Special Content Elective
On-campus and online
ECE 30500 or ECE 60600
Requisites by Topic:
Understanding of semiconductor fundamentals (e.g. energy bands, doping, carrier densities, drift-diffusion equations, Fermi and quasi-Fermi levels, etc.)
This course develops a simple framework for understanding the essential physics of modern nanotransistors and also discusses important technology considerations and applications of transistors; the focus is on MOSFETs. The goal is to do this in a way that is broadly accessible to students with only a very basic knowledge of semiconductor physics and electronic circuits. The course is designed for anyone seeking a sound, physical, but simple understanding of how nanoscale transistors operate. The course should be useful for advanced undergraduates, beginning graduate students, as well as practicing engineers and scientists.
- Fundamentals of Nanotransistors , Lundstrom, M. , World Scientific , 2017
- Semiconductor Device Fundamentals , 2nd Edition , Pierret, R. F. , Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. , 1996 , ISBN No. 0-201-54393-1
A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
- An understanding of MOSFET IV characteristics and device metrics and an ability to analyze measured transistors characteristics and extract key device parameters.
- An understanding of the physical operation of transistors and an acquaintance with the traditional theory of the MOSFET.
- An understanding of 1D/2D/3D MOS electrostatics and an appreciation of the need for advanced MOSFET structures such as the FinFET.
- An understanding of how modern transport theory (the transmission approach) is applied to MOSFETs.
- An acquaintance with other barrier controlled transistors, such as HEMTs and bipolar transistors and an understanding of what a physics-based compact model is and the role it plays in electronics.
|Unit 1||Transistors, compact models, and circuits|
|Unit 2||Essential physics of the MOSFET|
|Unit 3||MOS Electrostatics|
|Unit 4||Transmission theory of the MOSFET|
|Unit 5||Additional topics|
Students in this course are evaluated by exams.