Spring 2018 - PHYS 365 D100

Semiconductor Device Physics (3)

Class Number: 1535

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2018
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 5008, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 321 or 221; PHYS 255 or ENSC 380, with a minimum grade of C-. PHYS 321, ENSC 380, and PHYS 365 may be taken concurrently. Recommended: PHYS 285.



Structure and properties of semiconductors, semiconductor theory, theory and operation of semiconductor devices, semiconductor device technology. Students with credit for ENSC 224 or ENSC 324 may not take PHYS 365 for further credit. Quantitative.


Outline of the course:

- crystal lattices, elemental and compound semiconductor structure
- basic quantum mechanics, energy bands
- electrons, holes, density-of-states, effective mass
- carrier concentration, doping, recombination
- Fermi energy, quasi-Fermi energies
- mobility, conductivity, Hall effect, carrier drift and diffusion
- optical properties of semiconductors,
- pn junctions
- diodes
- solar cells
- field effect and bipolar transistors


  • Homework 10%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Final exam 55%



Required text:
Neamen, Semiconductor Physics & Device 4th edition

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:

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