Semiconductor Device Physics, Spring Semester

9.00am-10:50am, Tue/Thu, TTH 105

**
Semiconductor device physics.**

**
Spring. TTh**

**
A. F. J. Levi. **

**
Outline and course content**

This is an advanced course in the operation and behavior of nanoscale semiconductor devices. The course is designed for graduate students with an interest in the fundamentals and limitations of our understanding of operation of electronic and photonic components used as the building blocks for more complex circuitry. The course emphasizes the actual calculation of useful parameters relevant to the design and operation of practical and research devices such as scaled transistors and scaled lasers.

Beyond the Moore’s Law era, novel combinations of materials and heterogeneous components will likely evolve, changing the design paradigm and requiring knowledge and insight that this course aims to provide. In addition to fundamental aspects of device physics, connection to typical SPICE model descriptions will be made and conditions when such models fail will be established.

The course also includes a project involving presentation in class of a selected research paper, analysis, critique, and suggest potential research directions that might emerge from the work described. There is also a discussion section.

**
Knowledge**
to the level of EE506 and EE539 is helpful, but not a prerequisite for this
course. Recommended text books are “Applied
Quantum Mechanics”
by A.F.J. Levi, Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (June 26, 2006), ISBN-10:
0521860962, “Optimal
Device Design” edited by A.F.J. Levi and S. Haas, Cambridge University
Press; (January 29, 2010), ISBN-10: 0521116600, and "Essential
Classical Mechanics for Device Physics" by A.F.J. Levi, IoP, Morgan &
Claypool Publishers, 2016 (print ISBN: 978-1-6817-4412-4).

Some material covered by this course does not appear in any textbook.

**
Course
content:**

**
Lectures 1-2:**
**Review of Maxwell equations**. Charge conservation. Polarization,
capacitance, and inductance. Classical electromagnetism and numerical solution
of Maxwell equations. Radiation and wave-guides.

**
Lectures 3-6:**
**Review of materials and atomic potentials**. Quantum mechanics. Statistics
of identical indistinguishable particles. Bonding, Bloch theorem and band
structure. Complex band structure. Tight binding model. Impurities and doping.
Crystal momentum and effective electron mass.

**
Lectures 7-8:**
**Concepts from classical mechanics**. Conservative and non-conservative
systems. The harmonic oscillator. Lattice vibrations. The damped driven
oscillator. Methods of control.

**
Lecture 9:**
Origin of noise, fluctuation-dissipation theorem, and diffusion. Einstein
relation.

**
Lecture
10-11:**
Lorentz model of light-matter interaction. The Kramers-Kronig relations.
Propagation of electromagnetic waves in a dielectric medium. Complex dispersion
relation and complex refractive index. The loss function.

**
Lecture 12:**
**Introduction to electron transport**. The Drude model. DC and AC
conductivity. Kinetic inductance.

**
Lecture 13:**
Permittivity of metal. The loss function of copper. Physical origin of plasma
frequency. Local response in the Drude model. An electromagnetic field
interacting with a metal. Drude dispersion of electromagnetic radiation.
Changing the properties of a metal. Metal and electromagnetic fields in
integrated circuits. Doping in semiconductors, metal-insulator transition and *
r _{s}*

**
Lecture 14:**
Bloch oscillations. Material parameters contributing to current. Velocity-field
characteristics and electron transfer to subsidiary minima. The Gunn diode
oscillator. Ballistic transport.

**
Lecture 15:**
**The Boltzmann transport equation** including conductivity and diffusion in
the relaxation-time approximation. Evolution of the distribution function with
time. The scattering term. Relaxation time approximation. The diffusion term.

**
Lecture 16:**
Mean free path and scattering time from mobility. Mean free path and scattering
time in 2DEG. Electron optics in the 2DEG. Diffusion in devices. Diffusion and
recombination of minority carriers. The Schottky barrier. Depletion width.
Thermionic emission. Capacitance as a function of voltage bias.

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Lecture
17-18:**
**Electron scattering in semiconductors**. The electron-phonon interaction.
The Frohlich interaction. The longitudinal polar-optic phonon scattering rate.
The LO phonon scattering rate in the conduction band of GaAs. Energy and
momentum conservation. Electron scattering rate from linear dielectric response.
Coupled plasmon-phonon scattering. Scattering rates and fluctuation dissipation.

**
Lecture 19:
The Field Effect Transistor**. Device modeling. Physical
performance limitations. Tunnel-FET concept and lessons learned. CNT and
graphene FET device design, performance metrics, and SPICE models.

**
Lectures
20-21:**
**Introduction to Coulomb scattering from ionized impurities**. Elastic
scattering of electron from ionized impurities in GaAs. Correlation effects due
to spatial position of dopant atoms. Estimating mean free path and mobility.
Calculating the screened potetnial and dielectric function in wave vector space.
Comparison between Thomas-Fermi screening and RPA.

**
Lectures
22-23:**
**Lindhard dielectric function**. Application to metals and semiconductors.
Single particle excitations and coupled plasmon–phonon collective excitation
spectrum. Analysis of semiconductor dielectric function and use of MATLAB
example code.

**
Lectures
24-25:**
**Calculation of electron lifetime and device design**. Calculation of
electron lifetime in unipolar transistors. Temperature dependence of
non-equilibrium electron scattering rates. Non-equilibrium electron
spectroscopy.

**
Lecture 26:**
**Numerical determination of non-equilibrium electron scattering rates**.
MATLAB code example. The truncated parabola of integration. Phase-space and its
influence on scattering rate. Evaluation and interpretation of temperature
dependence.

**
Lectures
27-28:**
**Non-equilibrium electron transport in bipolar transistors**. Theory of
minority carriers in conduction band interacting with majority carriers in
valence band. Collective and single-particle excitation spectral function in
three-band model. Calculation of scattering rates. Parabola of integration.
Phase-space and device scaling. Experimental evidence that non-equilibrium
electron transport dominates the static and dynamic performance of scaled HBTs.

**
Lecture 29:**
**The semiconductor laser**. Influence of electron and photon quantization on
static and dynamic behavior of scaled laser diodes and photon statistics.
Failure of the non-equilibrium phase-transition description of laser light
emission in scaled devices.

**
Lecture 30:**
**Scaled semiconductor laser**. Meso-scale lasers. The single quantum dot
laser. Cavity QED and non-classical light. MATLAB models of laser behavior.

**
Presentation
of research papers. **
Class
discussion and student presentation in class of selected research papers.
Specifically, each participant is expected to describe the contents of a
selected research paper, analyze the results, provide a critique, and suggest
potential research directions that might emerge from the work described.

**
Examinations:**

There are two written examinations, each of which will contribute 20% to the final grade. Presentation of a research paper contributes 50% of the final grade. The remaining 10% is for written solutions to written homework problems.

**
Statement for Students with
Disabilities**

Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or to TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.

**
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