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EE 216: Principles and Models of Semiconductor Devices

Carrier generation, transport, recombination, and storage in semiconductors. Physical principles of operation of the p-n junction, heterojunction, metal semiconductor contact, bipolar junction transistor, MOS capacitor, MOS and junction field-effect transistors, and related optoelectronic devices such as CCDs, solar cells, LEDs, and detectors. First-order device models that reflect physical principles and are useful for integrated-circuit analysis and design. Prerequisite: 116 or equivalent.
Terms: Win | Units: 3
Instructors: ; Chowdhury, S. (PI)

EE 237: Solar Energy Conversion

This course will be an introduction to solar photovoltaics. No prior photovoltaics knowledge is required. Class lectures will be supplemented by guest lectures from distinguished engineers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists actively engaged in solar industry. Past guest speakers include Richard Swanson (CEO, SunPower), Benjamin Cook (Managing Partner at NextPower Capital) and Shahin Farshchi (Partner, Lux Capital). Topics Include: Economics of solar energy. Solar energy policy. Solar cell device physics: electrical and optical. Different generations of photovoltaic technology: crystalline silicon, thin film, multi-junction solar cells. Perovskite and silicon tandem cells. Advanced energy conversion concepts like photon up-conversion, quantum dot solar cells. Solar system issues including module assembly, inverters, micro-inverters and microgrid. No prior photovoltaics knowledge is required. Recommended: EE116, EE216 or equivalent.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3
Instructors: ; Congreve, D. (PI)

EE 320: Nanoelectronics

This course covers the device physics and operation principles of nanoelectric devices, with a focus on devices for energy-efficient computation. Topics covered include devices based on new nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, semiconductor nanowires, and 2D layered materials such as graphene; non-FET based devices such as nanoelectromechanical (NEM) relay, single electron transistors (SET) and resonant tunneling diodes (RTD); as well as FET-based devices such as tunnel FET. Devices targeted for both logic and memory applications are covered. Prerequisites: Undergraduate device physics, EE222, EE216, EE316. Recommended courses: EE223, EE228, EE311.
Last offered: Spring 2017 | Units: 3

EE 327: Properties of Semiconductor Materials

Modern semiconductor devices and integrated circuits are based on unique energy band, carrier transport, and optical properties of semiconductor materials. How to choose these properties for operation of semiconductor devices. Emphasis is on quantum mechanical foundations of the properties of solids, energy bandgap engineering, semi-classical transport theory, semi-conductor statistics, carrier scattering, electro-magneto transport effects, high field ballistic transport, Boltzmann transport equation, quantum mechanical transitions, optical absorption, and radiative and non-radiative recombination that are the foundations of modern transistors and optoelectronic devices. Prerequisites: EE216 or equivalent.
Last offered: Spring 2017 | Units: 3
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