Dielectric and Semiconductor Physics

Lecturer(s): Christelle MONAT
Course ⋅ 13 hTC ⋅ 16 hAutonomy ⋅ 13 hStudy ⋅ 6 h


Semiconductor materials are part of our modern life and sustain our technologies for computers, communications, lightning or energy conversion. After a presentation of the main physics processes in semiconductors and the resulting electronic and optical properties of these materials, the course will describe various device applications of semiconductors in microelectronics and optoelectronics.

Palabras clave

Semiconductors, dielectric materials, devices, microelectronics, optoelectronics


1/ Cristalline properties and fabrication of semiconductor materials 2/ Electronic band structures in semiconductors 3/ Electrical conduction of semiconductors 4/ Charge transport mechanisms in semiconductors 5/ PN junctions and applications 6/ Metal/ semiconductor junctions and applications 7/ Optoelectronic devices for light detection 8/ Optoelectronic devices for light emission

Learning Outcomes

  • Being able to explain the distinction between the properties of metals, insulators, and semiconductors and the origin of these differences
  • Being able to use the concepts that describe the properties of semiconductor materials
  • Being able to describe the processes responsible for electron transport and photon/ electron interactions in semiconductors
  • Being able to describe how various classes of semiconductor devices work (transistors, photodiode, solar cells, laser diode)


Final mark = 80% Knowledge + 20% Know-how Knowledge = 100% final exam Know-how = 100% final exam