Physics of Electronic Devices (ILV)


Course lecturer:

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn.

 Robert Hauser


FH-Prof. Dr.

 Christoph Ungermanns

Course numberM2.08860.10.011
Course codePOED
Semester of degree program Semester 1
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits5,0
Language of instruction English

Students can explain the basic concepts of solid-state physics that are relevant for understanding power electronics and semiconductor physics.
They are familiar with material properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, specific heat or dielectric and magnetic properties.
They can apply fundamental equations such as the Maxwell equations or the thermal diffusion equation for selected cases.
They are familiar with solving such equations for related boundary conditions as well as static and transient conditions, which enables them to understand problems such as self-heating, power dissipation and EMC phenomena.

The module covers the following topics/contents:

  • Repetition of the main concepts of electrostatics and magnetostatics
  • Basic concepts in solid state physics
    Energy band model, band structure, semi-conductor
    pn-junction and basic equations of a semiconductor
  • Electrons and photons in solids
    specific heat, conductivity, magnetic and dielectric properties ...
  • Maxwell Equations in solids
    Energy Balance Method and Thermal Diffusion Equation
    Laplace and Poisson equation
  • Solutions for Partial Differential Equations and boundary conditions
    Static and transient solutions in 1 and 2 D
    Finite Difference Formulation
  • Conduction and radiated EMC wave equation and electromagnetic waves

Lecture notes as provided in the course (required)
Sze, Simon M. "Physics of Semiconductor Devices", Wiley-Interscience, 2006
Moran, Michael J.; Shapiro, Howard N. "Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics", John Wiley & Sons, 2007
Bergman, Theodore L., Lavine, Adrienne S., Incropera, Frank P., Dewitt David P., "Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer", John Wiley & Sons, 2011.
Ashcroft, Neil W, Mermin, David N., "Solid State Physics"
Kittel, Charles, "Introduction to Solid State Physics", John Wiley & Sons,
Neamen Donald A., "Semiconductor Physics and Devices", Mc Graw Hill, 2003
Dressel Martin, Grüner Martin, "Electrodynamics of Solids", Cambridge University Press, 2002
Schroder, Dieter K., "Semiconductor material and device characterization", Wiley & Sons, 2006

lecture, discussion, simulation, moderated group work

Final examination: written / oral exam