Solid State Physics/A
Solid State Physics/A
Academic year 2017/2018
Dott. Paolo Olivero (Lecturer)
Master's Degree in Materials Science
Course disciplinary sector (SSD)
FIS/03 - fisica della materia
Type of examination
Type of learning unit
Solid State Physics (CHI0027 )
Basic concepts of solid state physics (crystal structure, electronic bands, charge carriers, etc) included in the following courses of the Bachelor Degree in Materials Science and Technology:
- "Material characterization methods"
- "Materials for electronics with laboratory"
- To provide the basic knowledge on the physics of semiconductor devices (carrier statistics, conduction mechanisms, Shockley-Read-Hall theory).
- To provide the basic knowledge of the physics of the most important electronic devices (p-n and Schottky junctions, bipolar junction and field effect transistors, CCD devices).
- To introduce the experimental procedures for the characterization of bipolar junctions and photovoltaic devices.
Results of learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding
Applying knowledge and understanding
- Short review on basic concepts in semiconductor physics
- Tight binding model
- Carrier statistics in intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors
- Shockley-Read-Hall theory
- Charge transport mechanisms in semiconctors
- p-n junction: derivation of the diode law, non-ideal diode
- Physics and technological aspects of photovoltaic devices
- Metal-semiconductor junction: Schottky diode
- Deep level transient spectroscopy
- Transistors: bipolar junction, JFET, MOSFET
- Charge coupled devices
The module is organized in 5 credits (40 hours) of frontal lectures and 1 credit (10 hours) of laboratory activities.
The attendance to the frontal lectures is optional, while it is compulsory (minimum 70% attendance) for the laboratory sessions.
The first 3 credits of frontal lectures will be given in English language. The last 2 credits of frontal lectures will be given either in Italian or English, on the basis of the students' requests and of the presence of foreign students in the class.
The Semiconductor Physics course activated at the Physics Master Degree and part of the Solid State Physics course activated at the MaMaSELF inter-university Master Degree are mutuated from this module.
Learning assessment methods
The partial exam for this module will consist in an oral colloquium of about 30 minutes in which the following aspects will be evaluated:
- understanding of the contents of the frontal lectures, both with regards to the derivation of the formalism presented in the lectures and to the solution of simple numerical problems;
- contents of the reports of the supporting laboratory activities, which the students must produce in groups and deliver at least one week before the exam.
The final mark for this exam results from a joint evaluation of the teachers, on the basis of the marks of the respective partial exams.
- characterization of a photovoltaic cell;
- charcaterization of a p-n junction at room temperature and at variable temperature.
Suggested readings and bibliography
 S.M.Sze, "Semiconductor Devices, Physics and Technology, 2nd edition", John Wiley and Sons, USA, 2002
 A.S.Grove, "Fisica e tecnologia dei dispositivi a semiconduttore", 4a edizione, Ingegneria elettrica Franco Angeli, Milano 1985
 M.Shur, “Physics of semiconductor devices”, Prentice Hall series in Solid State electronics,New Jersey, 1990.
 J. I. Pankove, “Optical Processes in Semiconductors”, Dover
Frontal lectures timesheet
Lab session A: electrical characterization in temperature of a PN junction
Lab session B: electrical characterization of photovoltaic cells (1)
Lab session C: electrical characterization of photovoltaic cells (2)
Composition of lab groups