FIH3603 Semiconductor Electrical Characterization 7.5 credits

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Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Low level measurements of current, voltage and impedance for nanoelectronic devices.

Circuit design basics and use of dedicated measurement tools such as source-measure units, nanovoltmeters, picoampmeters and impedance meters.

Shielding and four-point techniques including force-sense configuration, calibration and de-embedding.

Yield and reliability measurements and figure of merits.

Statistical limitations and design of experiments

Advanced measurements tools for high-frequency, high power and circuit evaluation.

Circuit evaluation basics including ESD protection and handling.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course the students should have an advanced working knowledge in dedicated measurement tools for semiconductor devices and low level measurements tools in general. The student should be familiar with tools for high frequency, high power (voltage/current) and circuit evaluation.
They should be able to independently perform relevant measurements on advanced nanoelectronic devices and circuit prototypes.
The student should be able to use calibration or deembedding techniques in their experimental design and in the analysis of the measurement data.
The students should be familiar with the use of electrical characterization in yield and reliability especially with an industry perspective.
The students should be able to consider statistical limitations in their choice of characterization tools and routines.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

PhD level only

Recommended prerequisites

Semiconductor devices and physics or a general course in nanoelectronics required  (graduate level recommended). Working knowledge of (analog) circuit analysis including operational amplifiers, minimum undergraduate level. Knowledge of process technology for semiconductors is required, minimum undergraduate level.


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Dieter K. Schroder, Semiconductor material and device characterization, Third Edition, Wiley-Interscience, 2006

Low Level Measurements Handbook, 6th edition, Keithley Instruments Inc, US, 2004.

Or later editions, also available online.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Laboratory exercises in group, individual seminar task for oral presentation, and final individual laboratory project with written report.

    Other requirements for final grade *

    Laboratory exercises in group, individual seminar task for oral presentation, and final individual laboratory project with written report.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Gunnar Malm

    Further information

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    Course web FIH3603

    Offered by

    EECS/Electronics and Embedded Systems

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Gunnar Malm

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Electronics and Embedded Systems