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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

INTRODUCTION TO SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS

2 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 75 min)
11 videos
2. Band structure6m
3. Band structure (cont.)7m
4. Optical absorption9m
5. Intrinsic semiconductors8m
6. Semiconductor doping7m
7. Carrier densities at thermal equilibrium9m
Worked Problem - Carrier Densities at Equilibrium5m
Appendix 15m
Appendix 23m
Appendix 33m
3 practice exercises
Band Structure8m
Doping8m
Test: Semiconductor Physics20m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

TRANSPORT PHENOMENA : THE p-n JUNCTION

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 70 min)
9 videos
2. Carrier injection by light. Recombination8m
3. The equilibrium p - n junction9m
4. The non-equilibrium p - n junction11m
Appendix 14m
Appendix 26m
Appendix 36m
Appendix 45m
Worked Problem - Implied Open Circuit Voltage6m
3 practice exercises
Impurities in Semiconductors6m
p-n Junction8m
Test - Quasi-Equilibrium20m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

ASYMMETRICAL DEVICES

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 38 min)
5 videos
2. Non-equilibrium metal-semiconductor contact5m
3. Ohmic contacts5m
4. The semiconductor surface - Heterojunctions10m
Worked Problem - Semiconductor Heterojunctions7m
2 practice exercises
Metal-Semiconductor Contact8m
Test - Asymmetrical Junctions20m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

SOLAR CELL OPERATION

2 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 68 min)
10 videos
2. Solar spectrum8m
Worked Problem - Total Irradiance7m
3. Solar cell fundamentals8m
Worked Problem - The I-V Characteristic5m
4. Multi-junctions - Conversion efficiency limitations7m
5. Solar cell optics10m
Worked Problem - Solar Cell under Concentration5m
6. From cell to module4m
Appendix 12m
3 practice exercises
Solar Spectrum8m
Conversion Efficiency10m
Solar Cell Optics8m

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