EE 80656 Advanced Semiconductor Physics

Spring 2013



Debdeep Jena

Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Office: Fitz 271



Class Hours

Spring 2013 – Mondays and Wednesdays.

11:45 pm – 1:00 pm, DBRT 202.

Office hours: TBD.



Undergraduate level Solid-State Physics and Quantum Mechanics.



The class will provide graduate students with a solid understanding of the basic underlying physics of semiconductors that lead to practical applications.Starting from electronic bandstructure, we will cover topics such as electron-photon and electron-phonon interactions, charge scattering by defects and transport, and optical properties of semiconductors.Quantum confinement effects in optical devices, ballistic transistors, and tunneling FETs will be covered.


Topics [Reading]

1)    Recap of quantum mechanics[Kroemer Chp 1 & relevant sections, Notes]

2)    Formulation of the transport problem: Electric current[Notes]

3)    Ballistic transport and nanoscale FETs[Natori (paper), Lundstrom (paper), Notes]

4)    Time-independent perturbation theory[Kroemer Chps 14 & 15, k.p bandstructure, Notes]

5)    Electron bandstructure and quantized states [Kroemer Chp 17, effective mass theory, quantized structures, Notes]

6)    Time-dependent perturbation theory [Kroemer Chp 19, Notes]

7)    Electron-photon interactions, optical properties, LEDs and Lasers [Notes]

8)    Electron-phonon interaction and scattering [Notes]

9)    Electron-defect interaction and scattering [Notes]

10) Mobility, drift-diffusion, quasi-ballistic FETs [Notes]

11) High Field-Phenomena: Tunneling transport and tunnel-FETs [Notes]

12) Bottom-up transport: The Non-Equilibrium Greenís Function (NEGF) approach [Notes]



1 - pdfdue: 02/11

2 - pdfdue: 02/25

3 - pdfdue: 03/22

4 - pdfdue: 05/03


Supporting Slides

Slides (pdf)


Supporting Illustrations (Mathematica)

File (*.nb) Note: Right click and save on your computer first to use it.



None required.I will post reading material and suggest book sections for reading when necessary.

Suggested References

1)    Quantum Mechanics for Engineering: Material Science and Applied Physics [Most useful reference]

Herbert Kroemer

2)    Fundamentals of Carrier Transport [2nd most useful reference]

Mark Lundstrom

3)    Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor [Best treatment of ballistic FET physics]

Supriyo Datta

4)    Physics of Low-Dimensional Semiconductors

John Davies

5)    Physical Properties of Semiconductors

Wolfe, Holonyak, and Stillman

6)    Fundamentals of Semiconductors:Physics and Material Properties

Peter Y. Yu & Manuel Cardona

7)    Physics of Photonic Devices [3rd most useful reference (if you are interested in optical properties)]

S. L. Chuang




Presentation Schedule




Email: djena at nd dot edu if you have any questions.