EX8: Introduction to solid-state devices

Module title: Introduction to solid-state devices (EX8)

Module convenor: Dr Maksym Myronov

Module aims:

More and more new electronic devices have been changing our life style. They have changed research, entertainment, records keeping, travel and exploration. There is almost no business, profession, or industry that has not changed since the introduction of solid-state electronics in the last century. Solid-state electronics are those circuits or devices built entirely from solid materials and in which the electrons, or other charge carriers, are confined entirely within the solid material. Personal computers, smartphones, tablets are only part of it. They are and other types of computers are often associated with entire electronics industry. But most of solid-state devices used into products like household, entertainment and industrial appliances, data and voice communication, medical, automobile, aerospace and other industries equipment and products. It is every day, little-seen effects of modern electronics that make it so ubiquitous and so much a part of our lives. One of the basic building blocks of modern electronics is a transistor, a device that became a household word in the 1960s with the introduction of transistor radios. In 2010, the semiconductor industry manufactured over 1 billion transistors for every man, woman, and child on Earth.

The proposed lecture course makes introduction to physics and application of elementary solid-state devices, - diodes, resistors, capacitors, memristors and transistors. They are building blocks of more complicated ones. In addition it will cover memory, display, sensor, thermoelectric and photovoltaic devices which are widely used in nowadays consumer and industrial products and have been actively researching and improving since their inventions. The course consists of ten lectures titles of which are outlined below.

Lectures list:

  1. Introduction
  2. Basic physics of carriers in solids
  3. Diodes
  4. Resistive and capacitive devices
  5. Transistors
  6. Memory devices
  7. Display devices
  8. Sensors
  9. Thermoelectric devices
  10. Photovoltaic devices
Academic year: 
09/01/2012 - 15:00