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Course contents

  • Band model of semiconductor
  • Effective-mass concept
  • Fermi-energy position
  • Modification of free electron model to describe resistivity
  • P-n junction
  • Mechanisms for current flow
  • Structures and operation of transistors
  • LEDs, solar cells, and laser diodes

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to

  • localise those electron levels from a spectrum, which determine the resistivity of a semiconductor
  • explain principles of following measurement methods: photoelectron spectroscopy and low energy-electron diffraction
  • explain how transistor, LED, and solar cell work
  • localise those parts of transistor, LED, and solar cell, which determine device performance (e.g., energy efficiency and electricity-to-light transformation).

The following skills developed during the course are useful concerning the working life:

  • critical thinking
  • connecting material properties/issues to operation of practical devices of electronics and photonics.

Completion methods


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Responsible teacher

University of Turku
Pekka Laukkanen

Further information about the course and studying

University of Turku
Carita Kvarnström

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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General prerequisites:
Basics of solid state physics.
Course suitable for:
People who develop semiconductor devices.
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