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Course number and title: EE221A Physics of Semiconductor Devices I
Credits: 4
Instructor(s)-in-charge: J. Woo (
Course type: Lecture
Required or Elective: A Physical and Wave Electronics Area course.
Course Schedule:
Lecture: 4 hrs/week.
Outside Study: 8 hrs/week.
Office Hours: 2 hrs/week.
Course Assessment:
Homework: Several homework assignments.
Exams: 1 midterm and 1 final examination.
Grading Policy: Typically, 20% homework, 30% midterm, 50% final.
Course Prerequisites: EE 121A
Catalog Description: Physical principles and design considerations of junction devices.  
Textbook and any related course material:
S. M. Sze, Physics of Semiconductor Devices, Wiley, NY, 1981.
Y. Taur and T. Ning, Fundamental of Modern VLSI Devices, Cambridge, 1998.
Class Notes.
Course Website
Topics covered in the course:
Fundamental of Semiconductor Band-structures.
Carrier Statistics in Semiconductor.
Transport in Semiconductor Devices.
PN Junction Structures.
I-V characteristics of PN diodes.
Parasitic Effects of PN diodes.
Bipolar transistors structures.
Currents and Gains of Bipolar transistors.
Frequency Behavior of Bipolar Transistors.
Modeling and Optimization of Bipolar Transistors; Other Advanced Bipolar Devices.
Will this course involve computer assignments? NO Will this course have TA(s) when it is offered? NO

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