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EEC140B – Principles Of Device Physics II

4 units – Spring Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Discussion: 1 hour

Prerequisite: EEC 140A

Grading: Letter.

Catalog Description:

Electrical properties, design, models, and advanced concepts for MOSFET and bipolar devices. Introduction to junction field effect transistors (JFETs, MESFETs) and hetero-junction bipolar transistors (HBTs). Fundamentals of photonic devices, including solar cells, photodetectors, LEDs and semiconductor lasers.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Semiconductor Physics
    1. Atomic bonding, impurities and defects
    2. Diffusion and Field in a graded-impurity region
    3. Hall Effect
  2. Carrier Behavior
    1. Excess carriers and quasi-Fermi levels
    2. Ambipolar transport
    3. Scattering and lifetime mechanisms
    4. Surface and interface effects
  3. Advanced MOS concepts
    1. Scaling and scaling theory
    2. Small-feature MOS effects
    3. Fabrication methods and associated phenomena
    4. Simulation models
  4. Advanced Bipolar Junction Transistor concepts
    1. Non-idealities of p-n junctions
    2. Kirk effect and other second-order phenomena
    3. Fabrication technologies and consequences on performance
    4. Switching behavior, charge storage, frequency limitations
  5. Other Junction Devices and Phenomena
    1. Heterojunctions
    2. Thyristors and SCR devices
    3. Latchup
  6. Photonics
    1. Optical absorption
    2. Photovoltaics and solar cells
    3. Photoconductors and photodetectors
    4. Light-emitting diodes
    5. Semiconductor lasers


  1. D. Neamen, Semiconductor Physics and Devices, McGraw-Hill.

Engineering Design Statement:

Either a Bipolar or MOS open-ended design project may be included in this course. Students will be given a set of specifications for the transistor and will be required to demonstrate a design which meets the specifications.

Relationship to Outcomes:

Students who have successfully completed this course should have achieved:

Course Outcomes ABET Outcomes
An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering A
An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability C
An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems E
A knowledge of contemporary issues J
An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. K


Professional Component:

Engineering Breadth

Engineering Science: 3 credits
Engineering Design: 1 credit