Catalogue 2014 - 2015

EE 467 Solid-state Electronic Devices


3 cr.


EE 312.

Course Description

The electrical behavior of solids, or the transport of charge through a metal or semiconductor, is determined by the properties of the electrons and the arrangement of atoms in the solid. Through a study of the crystal structure of electronic materials and the fundamentals of quantum electronics, students understand the band theory of solids, particle statistics, transport phenomena, and conductivity. Further study of equilibrium distributions in semiconductor carriers and p-n junctions leads to an understanding of solid state device operation. The investigation of practical devices such as diodes, IMPATT diodes, bipolar and junction field-effect transistors, and MOS devices enhance students' knowledge of the design and analysis techniques used in real-world applications. A design project is required. Upon completion of this course students should be proficient in the use of solid-state component and system design techniques and are familiar with a wide variety of semiconductor device applications. The methods of assessing student learning in this course are homework assignments, quizzes, classroom discussions, design projects, and a final exam.