ECE 59500 - Essentials of TransistorsLecture Hours: 3 Credits: 1
This is an experiential learning course.
CMPE Special Content Elective
Experimental Course Offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2019
ECE 30500 or ECE 60600 or ECE 59500 Primer on Semiconductors
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.
This course will run the second five weeks of the semester and is offered through edX.
Required Text(s): None.
- 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.
Learning Outcomes: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|