Semiconductors: Physics, Devices and Engineering


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is built on knowledge obtained in Solid State Physics and Basic Quantum Mechanics.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

To provide an understanding of semiconductor properties, principles of operation of important semiconductor components as well as knowledge about methods of synthesis of semiconductor materials and basic technologies towards device fabrication.

Learning objectives


• Crystalline structure and specific properties of semiconductors
• Electronic band structure of semiconductors, both intrinsic and doped onces, as well as statistics and dynamics of charge carriers
• Characteristics of basic components including pn junctions, bipolar transistors, metal-oxide-semiconductor components and devices for power electronics
• Basic methods and technologies for fabrication of semiconductor devices


The student should be able:

• to explain and use theory and methods describing properties of semiconductors, including crystal structure, electronic characteristics of intrinsic and doped semiconductors as well as statistics and dynamics of charge carriers
• to explain properties and characteristics of basic semiconductor-based components as well as technologies used for fabrication of semiconductor devices.


The student should develop and strengthen the knowledge about properties of semiconductors as well as basic principles and technologies behind the semiconductor-based devices. The student should be able to give reasons and arguments based on the concepts of semiconductor physics and technology.

Type of instruction

Lectures with exercises.

Extent and expected workload

This is a 5 ECTS course module and the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • Hand in of a number of assignments during the course.


Name of examSemiconductors: Physics, Devices and Engineering
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleHalvledere: fysik, komponenter og teknologi
Module codeF-FYS-K3-9
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Physics
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science