EEE 436/591 Fundamentals of Solid State Devices

The aim of this course is for students to understand the conceptual operation and quantitative output of semiconductor devices. These devices rely upon junctions between dissimilar materials—most commonly p-n junctions and metal-semiconductor junctions­—and thus the behavior of these junctions will be a focus of the first half of the course. The second half of the course will cover the devices constructed from multiple junctions, including diodes, solar cells, metal-oxide semiconductor capacitors and transistors, and bipolar junction transistors. Wherever possible, the emphasis will be on the conceptual understanding of device operation rather than on memorization of equations.

EEE 536 Semiconductor Characterization

The objective of this course is an understanding of the characterization techniques used in the semiconductor research. The major emphasis will be on electrical characterization, since these characterization techniques are most frequently used. However, optical techniques, electron beam, ion beam, and X-ray methods will also be discussed. Where necessary, device physics will be outlined to understand certain techniques, but students should have an understanding of the physics of the basic semiconductor devices: pn junctions, Schottky diodes, bipolar junction transistors, and MOS devices.

EEE 598 Topic: Two-dimensional Semiconductor Materials & Systems

The objective of this course is to understand fundamental physics and obtain a broad overview of current research of two-dimensional semiconductor materials and structures, including graphene, hexagonal boron nitride, layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) and their heterostructures. The fabrication, characterization and physic properties of these materials (band-structure, electronic transport, optical property, spin) will be discussed. Recent progress on device implementations, esp. in electronics, optoelectronics, energy and sensing applications, will also be covered.

EEE 537 Semiconductor Optoelectronics

Objective: The objective of this course is provide graduate students a comprehensive understanding of semiconductor optoelectronics. The main topics covered in this class are light propagation in media and waveguides, material absorption processes, radiative processes, nonradiative processes, photoluminescence of bulk semiconductors, semiconductor heterojunctions, quantum wells, and superlattices as well as applications of semiconductor materials in optoelectronic devices such as light emitting diodes, lasers, photodetectors, and solar cells.