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Module

PHY3026 : Electronic Devices

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Anthony O'Neill
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide to specialist knowledge of electronic devices. To enable students to have a better
understanding of state-of-the-art devices (e.g. transistors). To enable students to compare competing
electronic technologies.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to electronic devices. Electronic system exemplar: smartphone. Review of
semiconductor properties, sheet resistance.

Junctions. Metal-semiconductor junction, Schottky contact, Ohmic contact. p-n junction, LED,
photodiode, Smartphone: camera, optical and electromechanical sensors.

MOS Junction, MOS electrostatics, depletion accumulation and inversion, MOS C-V curve.

MOSFET mode of operation, I-V characteristic, delay time, sub-threshold, transistor and IC cross
sections.

CMOS: Short channel effects, impact of scaling of electrical characteristics, threshold Voltage,
DIBL, scaling strategies, limits to scaling.

Carrier transport, transconductance degradation, mobility, velocity-field, universal mobility, field
dependence.

MOSFET Evolution, STI and LOCOS isolation, metal and polysilicon gates, LDD, parasitics, halo
doping, retrograde doping, strained Si, High-k dielectrics, physical and economic scale/complexity of
semiconductor devices, evolution, ITRS.

Bipolar Transistor, dc characteristic, Early effect, Gummel plot, Bipolar evolution, heterojunction
bipolar (HBT).

Displays, OLED, touchscreen, digitizer (smartphone)

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials270:209:00Non-synchronous. Replacing lectures with similar material.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Coursework preparation
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities91:009:00Studying tutorial materials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching180:309:00Synchronous sessions - open format responding to student questions and showing worked examples
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study270:209:00Student study time of non-synchronous material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:0054:00Student independent study
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE3020Electronic Devices
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Non-synchronous and synchronous sessions provide core material and guidance for further reading

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Written assignment assessing electronic devices 3000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their knowledge and skills developed from the lecture course material

Reading Lists

Timetable