Emergent Semiconductor Devices

Learnweb: EH-2024_1

Lecturers: Dr. Matthias Weiß, Prof. Dr. Hubert Krenner 


Semiconductors revolutionized our daily life. Today, billions of transistors perform complex computational tasks in the CPUs of our computers, tablets or smartphones. Lasers and detectors connected via optical fibers span the world wide web. Solar cells are the backbone to solve the global energy crisis. All these devices have one thing in common: they are made from semiconductors.

This lecture is designed as a revision class of the very basic concepts of semiconductors and semiconductor devices. It is recommended to students who want to refresh their knowledge or miss knowledge on semiconductors. 

It aims to give a comprehensive overview on the physical properties and operation principles of semiconductor devices. Starting with a concise review of the fundamentals of semiconductors, the physical operation principles of exemplary devices are discussed.

The class covers to main areas:

Basic concepts and physics of semiconductors

Physics of semiconductor devices

  • Diodes
  • Transistors

 Format, credits and assignments:

2 SWS, Friday 8:15h – 9:45h in Seminar room 87 – IG1

The class is part of Master Physics / Master Physik program

Elective Studies in Physics (Physikalische Wahlstudien) – recommended

Physical Specialization (Physikalische Vertiefung): Physics of Solid State Nanosystems / Physics of Low-Dimensional Solids - possible yet not strongly recommended


Basic knowledge of solid-state physics and quantum mechanics

 Important organizational:

All classes will be given in English.


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