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Semiconductor Fundamentals


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Learning Objective:

This course is part of a Purdue initiative that aims to complement the expertise that students develop with the breadth at the edges needed to work effectively in today's multidisciplinary environment. These serious short courses require few prerequisites and provide a general framework that can be filled in with self-study when needed.


This is a one credit hour course, not three credit hours. Class duration: Jan 13, 2020 - Feb 14, 2020
This course provides the necessary foundation to understand the operation of semiconductor devices such as transistors, diodes, solar cells, light-emitting devices, etc. The course is designed for electrical engineering students whose interests are in applications of semiconductor devices in circuits and systems as well as for others seeking an understanding of semiconductors from an electrical engineering perspective. The intuitive, largely descriptive treatment provides provides a framework for understanding semiconductor devices as well as a starting point for those who wish to go deeper.

Topics Covered:

Topics include bandgap, band structure, effective masses, electrons and holes, the Fermi function, intrinsic carrier density, doping, carrier transport and generation-recombination.The important concept of quasi-Fermi levels is introduced, and the course concludes with the semiconductor equations, which provide a complete, mathematical description of electrons and holes in semiconductors (subject to important simplifying assumptions) and with a discussion of how energy band diagrams provide a qualitative solution to these equations.


Undergraduate physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

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Weekly Exams


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