Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

H63SSD Solid State Devices
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 3

Target Students:  BEng and MEng students of Electrical and Electronic Engineering  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: An understanding of the physics of semiconductor materials. A good understanding of p-n junctions. Understanding of the nature of signals in information transfer. Basic understanding of calculus and differential equations.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module seeks to develop a detailed understanding of the internal operating mechanisms of semiconductor electronic and opto-electronic devices. The module will focus on devices based on pn junctions (e.g. diodes, bipolar junction transistors) and devices based on MOS capacitors (e.g. memory cells, CCD detectors, MOSFETs). The module will consider how the targeted application for a device impacts upon its design. (For example, signal-mixing diodes, power diodes, light-emitting diodes and solar cells are all based upon the pn diode, but provide very different functionality.) The characteristics required of these devices will be discussed in relation to their incorporation into appropriate electronic systems.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Two 1-hour lectures per week, supplemented with example sheets.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 2 hour exam Best answers for three out of five questions 

Professor E Larkins

Education Aims:  This module aims to introduce students to the internal operation of commonly used electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, instead of treating them in a phenomenological fashion (i.e. as "black boxes"). The module also seeks to illustrate how the device design and performance relates to the underlying materials and physical processes and how the demands of the targeted application affect the device design

Learning Outcomes:  

By the end of the module, students should be able to: