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1. Course title

Physics of semiconductor devices
Physics of semiconductor devices
Physics of semiconductor devices

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 530184 Puolijohdefysiikka, 10 op.

3. Course status: optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
PAP3002 Advanced Studies in Particle Physics and Cosmology
optional for

  • Study Track in Particle Physics and Cosmology

Advanced Studies in Materials Research
optional for

  • MATR3001 Advanced Studies in Experimental Materials Physics
  • MATR3002 Advanced Studies in Computational Materials Physics
  • MATR3005 Advanced Studies in Inorganic Materials Chemistry

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)

Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8

-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion

Second year of master's studies,

Any stage of doctoral studies.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered

Given every second year (odd years) in the spring term.

Two period course (III-IV periods).

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Prof. Filip Tuomisto

9. Course learning outcomes

After the course, the student will…

  1. Understand the significance of semiconductor devices in modern society;
  2. Understand the physical grounds of the operation of semiconductor devices: Understand the meaning of atomic bonds, crystal structure, crystal defects, energy bands, electrical defect states, charge carriers, charge carrier transport, optical properties, recombination, Fermi distribution, donors, acceptors, mobility, lifetime, drift and diffusion, and resistivity in semiconductor material.
  3. Understand the concepts of heterostructures, nanostructures and graphene in semiconductor devices;
  4. Understands and is able to explain the operational principle of semiconductor pn-diode;
  5. Understand the principle of Light-to-Electricity conversion and can explain the operational principles of photoconductors, photodiodes and solar cells;
  6. Understand the principle of Electricity-to- Light conversion and can explain the operational principles of scintillators, LEDs and Lasers;
  7. Understand the principle of transistors and can explain the operational principles of bipolar transistor and MOSFET;
  8. Understand the principles of semiconductor processing;

10. Course completion methods

Weekly exercises based on lectures. Participation in laboratory work and laboratory report. Final examination.

11. Prerequisites

Materials Physics I (53058)

12. Recommended optional studies

PAP339 Semiconductor Radiation Detectors

13. Course content

1. Physics behind the operation of semiconductor devices,

2. Operational principles of various semiconductor devices.

14. Recommended and required literature

1. Book: TBD,

2. Lectures,

3. Exercises.

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

Lectures, homework, exercise sessions, work in Helsinki Detector Laboratory, writing laboratory report, presentation by students, excursion.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale


1. Examination 70 %

2. Exercises 30 %


Minimum 1/3 available homework exercise points;

Participation in two laboratory sessions with accepted laboratory report;







17. Teaching language


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