PHY3026 : Electronic Devices

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

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

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).

III-V compound semiconductors, properties of silicon versus other semiconductors, MESFET,
mode of operation, I-V characteristic, heterojunctions, MODFETs, I-V characteristic
Displays, OLED, touchscreen, digitizer (smartphone)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery120:102:00Office hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Writing up lecture notes referencing text books; tutorial questions; reflecting on lecture material.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE3020Electronic Devices
EEE8123Advanced Electronic Devices
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving is introduced through lectures and practiced during private study.

Problems on each section of the syllabus are the most vital component of learning and understanding the materials covered in lectures and constitute the primary vehicle for student learning.

In addition office hours (two per week) will provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer: a typical student might spend a total of one or two hours over the course of the module, either individually or as part of a group.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE3020Electronic Devices1N/A
EEE8123Advanced Electronic Devices1N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the examination enable the student to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis to novel situations.

Reading Lists