IH2651 Semiconductor Theory and Device Physics, General Course 7.5 credits

Halvledarteori och komponentfysik, allmän kurs

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: spring 14.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The main purpose of this course is to give a basic understanding of the underlying physics and how material properties affect the function of modern semiconductor devices. After the completion of the course, the students shall:Understand how the electron energies are described by a band diagram and be able to extract the salient features from such a diagram. Know the statistics describing the electron and hole concentrations at the band extrema at equilibrium. Know how dopants can be incorporated in the semiconductor and how this affects the presence of electrons and holes. Understand the transport properties of electrons and holes, and know the important scattering processes limiting the transport. Have aquired an understanding of how light (photons) are absorbed and emitted in a semiconductor. Have a clear understanding of the operation of a pn-junction and how various semiconductor materials can be utilized for electronic and opto-electronic devices.

Course main content

Brief recapitulation of crystal structure. atomic bonding and crystal type

Semiconductor theory plays a very important role in the understanding of modern electronic and optoelectronic devices. A brief recapitulation of crystal structure, reciprocal lattice and semiconductor band theory is given. Strong emphasis is put on impurities, electron and hole statistics at equilibrium and non-equilibrium situations, transport and scattering processes. Optical properties of semiconductor and absorption and emission of photons are also included. Finally, the usefulness of various semiconductor properties will also be exemplified by investigation of various electronic and opto-electronic devices.


IM2651 Physics of Electronic Materials, or similar course


Semiconductor Physics and Applications, M. Balkanski and R.F. WallisUpplaga:  Förlag: Oxford University Press År: 2000ISBN: 0 19 851740 8  Undervisningsspråk: Engelska


  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory Course, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

One written exam (TENA;4,5hp);
Project (1,5 hp)
Laboratory (LAB1; 1,5 hp)

Offered by

ICT/Devices and Circuits


Anders Hallén <ahallen@kth.se>

Supplementary information

There is some overlap between the courses IH1611 and IH2651. These courses can therefore not be included together in a degree.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2007.