Physics 475: Physics of Semiconductors

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Sonoma State University

Spring 2018

 

Class: Tu Th 9:20-10:35 am, Darwin 37

Instructor: Dr. Hongtao Shi

Phone: 664-2013

Email: hongtao.shi@sonoma.edu

Office: Darwin 300J

Office Hours: M 9:30 - 11 am, Tu 4 -5 pm, and by appointment

Text: Donald Neamen, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, 4th Edition, ISBN-13: 9780073529585, or you can order the e-book.


Course Description: The physical properties of semiconductor materials and operating principles of modern semiconductor device structures are broadly covered in this course. Key material topics include semiconductor materials, crystal structure and growth, energy band model of semiconductors, recombination of charge carriers, conductivity and mobility, metal-semiconductor and p-n junctions, p-n diodes, bipolar junction transistors, and field-effect transistors.

Course Objectives: You are required to demonstrate (a) knowledge, understanding and use of the principles of physics, (b) ability to use reasoning and logic to define a problem in terms of physics principles, and (c) ability to use mathematics and computer applications to solve physics problems.

Prerequisite: ES 230: Electronics I, or Physics 314: Introduction to Physics III.

Course Schedule

Grading Final Exam 25%, Thursday May 17, 8 - 9:50 am. Comprehensive!
  Three tests, 45%
  Homework 30%
Course Grade Percent Course Grade Percent Course Grade Percent
    A

93-100

A-

90-93

B+

87-90

B

83-87

B-

80-83

C+

77-80

C

73-77

C-

70-73

D+

67-70

D

63-67

D-

60-63

F

Below 60

       

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Disability: If you have a disability and need special consideration, please contact the Office of Disabled Student Services ( DSS ). Located in Salazar Hall, Room 1049, Phone 664-2677.

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Last updated: 01/18/2018