PHY3026 : Electronic Devices
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Professor Anthony O'Neill
- Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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
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
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)
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||24||0:30||12:00||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Final Exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||12||0:10||2:00||Office hours|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||60:00||60:00||Writing up lecture notes referencing text books; tutorial questions; reflecting on lecture material.|
Jointly Taught With
|EEE8123||Advanced 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|EEE8123||Advanced Electronic Devices||1||N/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.