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The course gives a deeper insight in the physics, design and application of modern power semiconductor devices. In addition to the traditional text book and lectures, a project is also offered where the student is able to reach an in-depth knowledge of a particular device or material aspect.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus IH2661 (Autumn 2008–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course deals with the operation of power semiconductor devices from basic physical models and transport properties, but the focus is on the understanding of different device concepts. The operation of bipolar power devices, as pin-diodes and various types of thyristors are described, but also the principles for unipolar rectifiers and switches such as power MOSFET is included. Modern devices often make use of a combination of unipolar control and bipolar power handling and the course also describes these devices, for instance the IGBT and MCT structures. Also devices made of semiconductors other than silicon, i.e., silicon carbide, will be addressed.

Intended learning outcomes

The objective is to understand the operation of power semiconductor devices, and advantages and disadvantages with various materials and device concepts, so that a suitable device can be selected for a particular application.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Semiconductor theory and device physics (or similar)


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Supplementary literature


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 - Project Work, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

No written examination will be given, but instead the students are required to fulfill a smaller project and present their results and hand in solutions to selected problems.

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IH2661

Offered by

EECS/Electrical Engineering

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Diploma work.