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Did you ever wonder how simulation programs really work? Do you want to learn how to simulate transistors using an advanced finite element program which solves the semiconductor equations? This course is based on learning by doing, which means that you learn by using state of the art tools such as Comsol Multiphysics and nanoHUB.

The course gives an in-depth knowledge in simulation of device physics for advanced semiconductor devices for all application areas. The implementation of the semiconducor equations and the solution using the finite difference method, the finite element method and the finite volume method is explained.

We also cover the widely used compact BSIM models for circuit simulations. 

Each year a few simulation and modelling research topics are introduced for prospective master thesis students.

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus IH2653 (Spring 2020–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Basics of electromagnetism and its numerical analysis.
  • Transport phenomena and their numerical analysis.
  • Discretisation in one and multiple dimensions.
  • Numerical solution of partial differential equations with the finite difference method, the finite element method and the finite volume method.
  • Applications of numerical methods to semiconductor components and nanostructures.
  • Kinetic transport models and Monte Carlo simulation.

Intended learning outcomes

Having passed the course, the student shall be able to

  • implement numerical solutions of basic one- and multi-dimensional differential equation problems
  • use computer programs for the solution of partial differential equations
  • use computer programs for multi physics simulations
  • choose the type of hardware that is appropriate for resource demanding numerical modelling
  • assess the validity of simulation results through comparison with theory, measurements, or other simulations.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

A basic course in semiconductor components or semiconductor physics and a course in electromagnetic field theory.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • ANN1 - Assignments, 7,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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.

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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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.

Further information

Course web

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Course web IH2653

Offered by

EECS/Electrical Engineering

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: