ELEC4603 - Solid State Electronics

Last modified by Leon Luo on 2023/01/09 12:27


Solid State Electronics is a course that covers the physics, design, operation, and limitations of solid-state electronic and optoelectronic devices. It is geared towards computer, telecommunications, and electrical engineering students and is particularly relevant for those interested in pursuing further studies in integrated circuit design or microfabrication. The course covers a range of topics, including the band structure and doping of semiconductors, the drift-diffusion equations, the density of states, the Fermi function, and the law of mass action. It also covers PN junctions, bipolar junction transistors (BJTs), metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs), and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) devices. The course also covers the microfabrication of these devices, as well as quantum effects such as tunnelling effects in diodes and energy levels in ultra-scaled transistors. Finally, the course covers optoelectronic and photonic devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs), semiconductor lasers, and photovoltaic cells.


These concepts are studied through course content, mainly lecture notes and course recommended textbooks. Please note, unless referenced from another source, please assume the following information presented is interpreted, studied, and re-expressed from the course content. Furthermore, please refer to the course content directly, e.g. ask the lecturer or read the textbook, for the most relevant knowledge required for the course.

Solid State Fundamentals

Material Structure

Band Theory

Band Gap

Fermi statistics

Semiconductor Properties



Carrier Transport

Carrier drift

Carrier diffusion


p-n Junctions





Quantum Effects


Recommended Resources

Course Prescribed


Course Recommended


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