EE 5340/001 and 051 - Semiconductor Device Theory

Fall 2002

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Instructor: Professor Ronald L. Carter,,, 532 Nedderman Hall, (office hours: 2 PM to 3 PM Tu/Th), 817/272-3466, fax 817/272-2253


Course Learning Goals and Objectives: Beginning with an introduction to solid state physics, the physics of semiconductor devices will be developed.  Device physics will be applied to diodes, bipolar junction transistors and MOS transistors.  Silicon and III-V device physics and technology will be considered.

Class Meetings: Tu/Th, Section 001 - 800 AM to 920 AM, Section 051 - 930 to 11 AM, 105 Nedderman Hall


Teaching Assistants: Shankaranarayanan Rajaraman <>, Amar Rudravaram <>, Xie Xuesong <>.


Attendance Policy: Attendance at every class session for the entire 80-minute period is strongly advised.  There will be no videotapes of the lectures available.  Lectures at by 4 PM the day before class.  Bring a copy to class.  In order to validate your attendance, Assignment 1 given in the first lecture must be submitted.  If not, you will be dropped from class for non-attendance.


Text:  Devices for Integrated Circuits: Silicon and III-V Compound Semiconductors, by H. Craig Casey, Jr., John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1999.  ISBN 0-471-17134-4.

Reference Texts: (Books on reserve in the Science and Engineering Library are marked R.)

·         RSemiconductor Physics and Devices, by Donald A. Neamen, Irwin, Chicago, 1997.

·         RDevice Electronics for Integrated Circuits, 2nd ed., by Muller and Kamins, Wiley, New York, 1986. 

·         RFundamentals of Semiconductor Theory and Device Physics, by Shyh Wang, Prentice Hall, 1989. 

·         RSemiconductor Physical Electronics, by Sheng S. Li, Plenum Press, New York, 1993. 

·         RPhysics of Semiconductor Devices, by S. M. Sze, Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1981.

Spice References: (Books on reserve in the Science and Engineering Library are markedR.)

·         RMicroSim PSpice for Windows, 2nd ed, by Goody, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J., ©1998.

·         RComputer-Aided Circuit Analysis Using PSpice by Walter Banzhaf, Regents/Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, ©1992

·         RSPICE: A Guide to Circuit Simulation and Analysis Using PSpice, 3rd ed., by Paul W. Tuinenga, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, ©1995.

·         RSchematic Capture with MicroSim Pspice: for Windows 3.1, 4th Ed., by Herniter, ©2000, Prentice-Hall

·         PSpiceTM is available by download from Orcad or from the UTA HKN chapter.

·         Prof. Dillon's excellent tutorial for PSpiceTM is at

Use of e-mail: Updates of class information are sent by e-mail.  For this reason e-mail addresses are collected through Assignment 1.  A log of e-mail messages will appear at  Always include the course number, EE5340, in the Subject line of e-mail messages to me.

Problems: The problem assignments shown in the syllabus (i.e., 2:16,24, etc. in chapter 2 and so on) have been selected for your study, but will not be collected or graded.  The study of the problems assigned will be helpful in preparing for the tests and final.  Click ProblemAnswers.pdf for a copy of answers to some of the assigned problems.

Tests:  Sample tests are posted at  Tests will be given at 8:00 AM on the following dates: 9/17, 10/15, 11/12, and 12/10.

Grade Calculation: Grade = (Test1 + Test2 + Test3 + Project + Final)/5

Grading Scale:  

·         A = 90 and above

·         B = 75 to 89

·         C = 60 to 74

·         D = 50 to 59

·         F = 49 and below

Project Assignment: See Click to download Project Assignment

Student Evaluation of Teaching: Students will complete evaluation forms at the end of the semester.

Lecture, Assignment, Quiz and Test Schedule

(Lectures at by 4 PM the day before class.  Bring a copy to class.)



1.        This syllabus may be changed by the instructor as needed for good adademic practice.  Use the "refresh" or "reload" function on your browser.

2.        Quizzes and tests are open book (must have a legally obtained copy-no Xerox copies) OR one handwritten page of notes. Calculator allowed.

3.        There will be no make-up, or early exams given. Attendance is required for all tests.

4.        Americans with Disabilities Act: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112—The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.  With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act – (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide “reasonable accommodation” to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability.  Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels. In conformance with the Americans with disabilities Act, I state that, "If you require an accommodation based on disability, I would like to meet with you in the privacy of my office during the first week of the semester to make sure you are properly accommodated.  Contact Mr. Jim Hayes (272-3364) for Information."

5.        It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form.  All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures.  Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. “Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts.”  (Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22). ANY CHEATING WILL RESULT IN SEVERE PENALTIES. All work submitted must be original.  If derived from another source, a full bibliographical citation must be given. See for UTA policies.  You will be expected to sign the document at

6.        If identical papers are submitted by different students, the grade earned will be divided among all identical papers.

7.       A paper submitted for regrading will be compared to a copy of the original paper.  If changed, points will be deducted.