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Advanced Level

Approx. 20 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

PN Junction at Equilibrium

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 50 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
5 videos
PN Junction at Equilibrium12m
Step Junction14m
Linearly Graded Junction7m
Heterojunction11m
2 readings
Module Topics2m
Materials and Physical Constants10m
1 practice exercise
Homework #12h
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

PN Junction Under Bias

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 79 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Avalanche Breakdown16m
Avalanche and Zener Breakdown13m
PN Junction Under Forward Bias10m
Ideal Diode Equation14m
Non-Ideal Behavior6m
Current in Heterojunction7m
2 readings
Module Topics2m
Materials and Physical Constants10m
1 practice exercise
Homework #22h
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Metal-Semiconductor Contact

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 58 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Schottky Contact Under Bias8m
Schottky Barrier Lowering7m
Current in Schottky Contact13m
Ohmic Contact9m
Surface States and Fermi Level Pinning8m
2 readings
Module Topics2m
Materials and Physical Constants10m
1 practice exercise
Homework #32h
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Optoelectronic Devices

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 47 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Laser Diode13m
Photodetector15m
Solar Cell8m
2 readings
Module Topics2m
Materials and Physical Constants10m
1 practice exercise
Homework #42h

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This course is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

About the Semiconductor Devices Specialization

The courses in this specialization can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5630-5632, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Enroll here. This Semiconductor Devices specialization is designed to be a deep dive into the fundamentals of the electronic devices that form the backbone of our current integrated circuits technology. You will gain valuable experience in semiconductor physics, pn junctions, metal-semiconductor contacts, bipolar junction transistors, metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices, and MOS field effect transistors. Specialization Learning Outcomes: *Learn fundamental mechanisms of electrical conduction in semiconductors *Understand operating principles of basic electronic devices including pn junction, metal-semiconductor contact, bipolar junction transistors and field effect transistors *Analyze and evaluate the performance of basic electronic devices *Prepare for further analysis of electronic and photonic devices based on semiconductors...
Semiconductor Devices

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