Junctions and Nanostructures
FEKT-DPA-FY1Acad. year: 2022/2023
Quantum Mechanics essentials. The interfaces: semiconductor A-semiconductor B, semiconductor-metal, semiconductor-metal interface. Depletion layer, properties. Transport of carriers through the interface. Photovoltaic phenomena. Noise in semiconductors. Limits for structures miniaturization. Principal limits by Quantum and Statistical Physics.
Offered to foreign students
The home faculty only
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will acquire ideas about modern Physics description and explanation of phenomena, that take place in semiconductor structures, on their interfaces and in nanostructures. He is able to explain the nature of physical limits in the semiconductor devices miniaturization.
Prerequisities - Magister degree in Electrical Engiennering or related Diploma.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Sze, S.M., NG, Kwok. K.: Physics of Semiconductor Devices. 3rd edittion, Wiley, 2006. (EN)
Colinge, J.-P., Colinge, C.A.: Physics of Semiconductor Devices, Kluwer 2002, ISBN 1-40207-018-7. (EN)
Poole, Ch.P. Jr., Owens, F.J. Introduction to Nanotechnology, Wiley Interscience, 2003, ISBN 0-471-07935-9. (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
0-20 points project
0-80 points final exam
Language of instruction
1. Introduction, the philosophy of modern physics and the physical nature of substances (moving atoms, molecules, clusters, etc.).
2. Special theory of relativity (Michelson-Morley experiment, Galileo and Lorentz transformation, Lorentz-FitzGerald contraction, time dilatation and other consequences).
3. Particle properties of waves (thermal radiation, quantum light theory, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, X-ray diffraction).
4. Wave properties of particles (duality principle, de Broglie wave, group and phase velocity, wave function, particle diffraction, uncertainty principle, John Wheeler's experiment).
5. Quantum mechanics (wave function, Schrödinger equation, Eigen values and functions, medium value operators, solution of the particle in the potential trap, Schrödinger's paradox).
6. Problems in quantum mechanics (degree of potential energy, harmonic oscillator, tunneling, resonant tunneling, quantum dot).
7. Quantum description of the hydrogen atom (SR for the hydrogen atom, quantum numbers, Zeeman effect, Stark effect, Bohr model).
8. Multi-electron atoms (electron configuration, Hund's rule, atomic spectra).
9. Energy states and energy band theories.
10. Interface (homogeneous and heterogeneous transitions in semiconductors, semiconductor-metal, semiconductor-insulator, Poisson equation, typical electron traps, state density).
11. Interface semiconductor-metal, semiconductor-insulator.
12. Nanoelectronics and charge transport (quantum conductivity, Coulomb Blocking and oscillation, Hall's phenomena).
13. Excursion to Thermo Fisher Scientific (FEI Czech Republic s.r.o.).
The target of the lecture is to present important phenomena of temporary Semiconductors interfaces and nanostructures with help of appropriate tools - Quantum and Statistical Physics.
Classification of course in study plans
- Programme DPA-KAM Doctoral, any year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme DPA-EKT Doctoral, any year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme DPA-MET Doctoral, any year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme DPA-SEE Doctoral, any year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme DPA-TLI Doctoral, any year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
- Programme DPA-TEE Doctoral, any year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
Type of course unit
39 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer