Semiconductor Physics and Devices

Pre-Requisite: None
Contact Hours and Credits: (3 -0- 0) 3


  • To make the students understand the fundamentals of electronic devices.
  • To train them to apply these devices in mostly used and important applications.

Topics Covered:

Semiconductor materials, crystal growth, film formation, lithography, etching and doping. Conductivity, charge densities, E-K relation, Fermi level, continuity equation, Hall Effect and its applications.

P-N junction diodes, biasing, V-I characteristics, capacitances. Diode model. Various types of diodes.

BJT, modes of operation, BJT models, BJT switch, breakdown mechanisms, Photo devices.

MOSFET, operation, V-I characteristics, MOSFET as amplifier and switch, capacitance, equivalent model. CMOS circuits. Bi-CMOS circuits. CCDs.

Power devices, operation and characteristics. Thyristor family. Power diodes. Power transistors. GTOs and IGBTs. Display devices, Operation of LCDs, LED, HDTV, Plasma displays.

Course Outcomes:

Students are able to

  • CO1: Apply the knowledge of basic semiconductor material physics and understand fabrication processes.
  • CO2: Analyse  the characteristics of various electronic devices like diode ,transistor etc.,.
  • CO3: Classify and Analyze the various circuit configurations of Transistor and MOSFETs.
  • CO4: Illustrate the qualitative knowledge of Power electronic Devices.
  • CO5: Become Aware of  the latest  technological changes in Display Devices.

Text Books:

  • S.M. Sze, Semiconductors Devices, Physics and Technology, (2/e), Wiley, 2002.
  • A.S. Sedra & K.C. Smith, Microelectronic Circuits (6/e), Oxford, 2010.
  • L. Macdonald & A.C. Lowe, Display Systems, Wiley, 2003

Reference Books:

  • J. Millman and C.C. Halkias:  Electronic devices and Circuits, McGraw Hill, 1976.
  • Adir Bar-Lev: Semiconductors and Electronic Devices, (3/e), Prentice Hall, 1993.
  • B.G. Streetman, S.K. Banerjee: Solid state Electronic devices, (6/e), PHI, 2010.