ECE 59500 - Essentials of Transistors

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 1

This is an experiential learning course.

Counts as:
CMPE Special Content Elective
EE Elective

Experimental Course Offered: Fall 2018, Fall 2019

Requisites:
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.)

Catalog Description:
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.

Supplementary Information:
This course will run the second five weeks of the semester and is offered through edX.

Required Text(s): None.

Recommended Text(s):
  1. Fundamentals of Nanotransistors, Lundstrom, M., World Scientific, 2017.
  2. 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:
  1. An understanding of MOSFET IV characteristics and device metrics and an ability to analyze measured transistors characteristics and extract key device parameters.. [6]
  2. An understanding of the physical operation of transistors and an acquaintance with the traditional theory of the MOSFET.. [1]
  3. An understanding of 1D/2D/3D MOS electrostatics and an appreciation of the need for advanced MOSFET structures such as the FinFET.. [1]
  4. An understanding of how modern transport theory (the transmission approach) is applied to MOSFETs.. [1]
  5. 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.. [1]

Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topic
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