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Solid State Devices

Degree course Electronic Engineering
Curriculum Curriculum unico
Learnings Orientamento unico
Academic Year 2018/2019
ECTS 12
Scientific Disciplinary Sector ING-INF/01
Year First year
Time unit Second semester
Class hours 96
Educational activity Formative educational activities

Single group

Professor FRANCESCO GIUSEPPE DELLA CORTE
Objectives The target of this module is an in-depth study of the themes concerning the principles of operation and the design of solid-state semiconductor devices.
One or more analytical models are presented and discussed for each device, together with a SPICE model. Some fundamental techniques for numerical modeling are also discussed.
The competences acquired with this module allow the student to understand how, by means of the carrier generation, recombination, transport in semiconductors it is possible to design devices with given electrical characteristics, such as diodes, transistors, sensors.
Moreover, fundamental concepts are provided concerning the design and fabrication of optoelectronic devices used in modern fibre optic communications systems.
Knowledge and understanding: after passing the exam, the student knows the basic principles of operation of semiconductor electronic devices. He knows the methods to obtain a one-dimensional analytical models of the characteristics of solid-state devices. He knows the techniques for the experimental characterization of these devices.
Ability to apply knowledge: after passing the exam, the student is able to compare the characteristics of devices and identify the one or those most suitable for each application.
Autonomy of judgment: in order to pass the exam, the student must independently answer theoretical, analytical and design questions with free answer and is therefore led to develop an independent judgment on the completeness, depth and correctness of the answers freely provided.
Communication skills: he is able to illustrate the theoretical and technical motivations behind the properties of known devices.
Learning skills: after passing the exam, the student is able to learn independently the basic characteristics of other solid state electronic devices.


Programme Semiconductor materials properties

Reverse and formward biased P-N junction; switching behaviour of the p-n junction, SPICE model

Bipolar Junction Transistor, active region, Early effect, low and moderate emitter bias. Deep saturation, transit time

MOS structure, band configuration under several bias conditions, CCD systems, C-V characteristics, oxide and interface charges

Treshold voltage in a MOS device, electrical characteristics, MOSFT parameters,power MOSFETs, SPICE models

Design of solid state devices by means of Computer Aided Design tools

Thermistors, junction-based temperature sensors, optical temperature sensors

Photodiodes: photogeneration of carriers, photogenerated current, avalenche photofdiodes, photoresistors, bias circuit of photodiodes

Silicon photonics: silicon waveguides, electro-optical effects in silicon, other photonic materials, phase and amplitude integrated optical modulators (Fabry-Perot, Mach-Zehnder, Ring Resonator)

Solar cells.

Piezoresistive and piezoelectric effects, surface acoustic waves, SAW resonator, integrated micromachined mechanical sensors

Power transistors (DMOS, IGBT) and basic application circuits

Laboratory experiences on the characterization and use of photodiodes, temperature sensors, switching diodes, power transistors
Books R. S. Muller - T. I. Kamins “Dispositivi elettronici nei circuiti integrati” Ed. Boringhieri
G. Giustolisi, G. Palumbo “Introduzione ai dispositivi elettronici” Ed._Franco Angeli
S. Dimitrijev “Understanding semiconductor devices” Ed. Oxford University Press
S. M. Sze “Dispositivi a semiconduttore” - Ed. Hoepli
S. Middelhoek “Silicon sensors”
Notes and slides provided by the teacher
Traditional teaching method Yes
Distance teaching method No
Mandatory attendance No
Written examination evaluation Yes
Oral examination evaluation Yes
Aptitude test evaluation No
Project evaluation No
Internship evaluation No
Evaluation in itinere No
Practice Test No

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