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Principle of Semiconductor Devices Part I: Semiconductors, PN Junctions and Bipolar Junction Transistors

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology via edX

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  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $70 Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-4 hours a week
  • Duration 8 weeks long
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Overview

As a topic of study, semiconductor devices offer aunique challenge due to the complex mathematics involved. In this course, we takea more intuitive approach to explore the underlying concepts.Eschewing mathematics, we use engaging animations to help you visualize the working principles of many common semiconductor devices.

Whether you are completely new to the subject or an experienced engineer, thiscourse will give you a differentperspective and a new way to look at the behaviors of semiconductor devices.

Reducing the reliance of equations does not mean the depth of the material is sacrificed. In fact, the course provides evenmore in-depth explanations of key concepts.We shift the focus from quantitatively evaluating the behavior of semiconductor devices to intuitively visualizing the semiconductor device actions.

In addition, the courseoffers a widearray of content - from basic PN junctions to modern nano-electronic circuit and systems. Besides covering the existing technologies, the course also explores the development of the industry into the future.

Syllabus

Week 1: Intrinsic semiconductor materials
Introduction to the energy band diagram of a crystal and calculating the carrier concentration in the material.

Week 2: Doping and PN junction formation
The effect of doping and the formation of PN junctions.

Week 3: Current-voltage characteristics of PN junction diodes
Current-voltage characteristics and detailed carrier actions in a PN junction diode.

Week 4: Real PN junction characteristics, its model and design
The characteristics of real PN junction diodes, the charge and capacitance models, and the design strategy.

Week 5: PN junction optical properties and metal-semiconductor contacts
The optical responses of the PN junction; the working principles of optical detection, solar cells and LEDs; and the metal-semiconductor contacts.

Week 6: Basic operation of Bipolar Junction Transistor
Introduction to bipolar junction transistors, I-V characteristic and non-ideal effects.

Week 7: Real Bipolar Junction Transistor structures, switching characteristics and model
Switching characteristics of the Bipolar Junction Transistor, it circuit model and design strategy.

Week 8: Final Exam

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Mansun Chan

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A superb course with many challenging concepts. Mansun Chan is very clear, concise and detailed in his explanations of all the course material. I'm really grateful to have a generous amount of time to complete this course. Thank you Mansun Chan! The exam questions at the end of this course will stretch your understanding of many concepts and you will come out with a satisfying and deep understanding of all the topics covered in this challenging course.
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First of all, each of the explanations are clear and there's animation to illustrate the message. Everything started from a easily understood concept to a much complicated one, which makes the digestion much more easier since it gives the opportunity to recall from memory some of the older topics.

Secondly, the concept check question and the weekly quiz are perfect to test how much I have really understand and reconsider whether my concepts are correct or not. Each of the question targets some key points to understanding the mechanics of BJT.

Lastly, there are also supplementary resources provided from this course which makes it very convenient for myself to jot notes and make remarks, as it saves me time from making it myself. It basically covers all the information of the topic in one file.
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A superb course with many challenging concepts. Mansun Chan is very clear, concise and detailed in his explanations of all the course material. I'm really grateful to have a generous amount of time to complete this course. Thank you Mansun Chan! The exam questions at the end of this course will stretch your understanding of many concepts and you will come out with a satisfying and deep understanding of all the topics covered in this challenging course.
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i followed this course for free to review the basic of semi-conductors. it is an interesting course. however, as i did not upgrade to certificate, i do not know if there is a reference book mentioned there. Therefore, in case there was not a reference book or articles, i would like to have at least a reference book where i can find more mathematical analysis .
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Very helpful animations, making learning the concepts more fun and intuitive! Coupled with the teaching style I can finally understand this topic better
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Semiconductor is the material that brought great break through in Electronic and led to the efficiency and t miniaturation in Electronic.
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Good day! I took this course in a month and learned a lot of new and interesting things. Thanks you!
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