SK2822 Compound Semiconductors and Photonic Devices 7.5 credits

Sammansatta halvledare och fotoniska komponenter

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The aim of the course is to treat the compound semiconductors from materials point of view amenable for photonic devices. The main contents are:

  • Thermodynamics relevant to compound semiconductor crystal growth
  • Bulk crystal growth and epitaxial techniques
  • Defects in semiconductors
  • Semi-insulating compound semiconductors by doping
  • Modification of bandstructure by alloying, heterostructures and strain
  • Simulation of heterostructures and effect of strain in semiconductor bandstructures
  • Quantum Wells, Quantum Wires, Quantum Dots
  • Optical and transport properties and methods of characterizing them
  • Discrete photonic devices such as LEDs, lasers, solar cells, detectors, modulators and waveguides .
  • Integrated photonic devices
  • Hybrid and monolithic integration of compound semiconductors on silicon and germanium - present trends
  • Introduction to electronic components based on compound semiconductors
  • Compound semiconductor processing

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe relevant material, optical and transport properties of compound semiconductors and their facility to form heterostructures in a flexible manner for fabricating photonic devices
  • Describe epitaxial methods to realize discrete and integrated photonic devices and the characteristics of the photonic devices along with their applications
  • Describe trends in heterogeneous integration of compound semiconductors on lattice mismatched substrates or non-polar substrates
  • Design a particular photonic device from judicious choice of compound semiconductor heterostructures.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Basic courses in solid state physics, materials science, semiconductor physics.

Recommended prerequisites

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Jasprit Singh, Semiconductor Devices, John Wiley & Sons , NY, 2001(ISBN 0-471-36245-X)

Pallab Bhattacharya, Semiconductor optoelectronic devices, 2nd ed., Prentice-Hall, NJ, 1997 (ISBN 0-13-495656-1)

Relevant scientific articles and lecture notes

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Labs, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 6.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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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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Sebastian Lourdudoss

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SCI/Applied Physics

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Sebastian Lourdudoss (

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.

Supplementary information

Replaces SK2754.

Language of instruction: Swedish and English