Course Syllabus

Fall 2017:    ELEN E6333 Semiconductor Device Physics

This course covers the physics of microelectronic semiconductor devices for silicon integrated circuit applications, with an emphasis on the physical understanding of device operation through energy band diagrams and short-channel MOSFET device design. Issues in modern device scaling will be outlined.

Topics: semiconductor fundamentals (including carrier statistics, generation & recombination, drift & diffusion, and carrier flow), pn junctions, metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures, metal-semiconductor junctions, and long- and short-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs)



Prof. James Teherani
Northwest Corner Building, Room 1007
Office hours Mondays directly after class


Ankur Nipane
Northwest Corner Building, Floor 10M
Office hours Fridays directly after recitation

Please use Piazza for questions:


Lecture, MW 10:10-11:25 am (Hamilton 503)
TA Recitation, F 10:10-11:25 am (Hamilton 603)


ELEN E3106 (Solid-state devices and materials) or ELEN 4301 or equivalent
[This course is self-contained and will review the material from E3106, but at a much deeper, graduate-level of understanding.]


3 points


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There will be 10 homework assignments. See course calendar and Homework Policy below.


Exams will emphasize new content but also include previous material. All exams are open book, open notes, and a calculator is required.

Exam 1, October 11th (Wednesday) from 10:10-11:25 am in Hamilton 503
Exam 2, November 15th (Wednesday) from 10:10-11:25 am in Hamilton 503
Final Exam, (Tentative) December 20th (Wednesday) from 9 to noon in TBA


Homework           30%
Exam 1                20%
Exam 2                20%
Final Exam          30%

Collaboration Policy

You are encouraged to collaborate with other students on homework assignments. However, these are not group projects to be divided among several participants. Every student must carry out every exercise in its entirety. Each exercise contains a substantial educational experience. If you collaborate with other students, please indicate the names of your collaborators at the top of your homework. Violations of this policy will be handled by Columbia’s Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. If you have questions regarding this policy, please ask the instructor.

Homework Policy

Assignments must be scanned and uploaded via Canvas by the due date. No late homework will be accepted without prior approval of TA. Solutions will typically be posted within 3 days of the homework due date.

Students are required to correct their homework submission using the posted solutions. The corrected assignment is due (via Canvas upload) by the next homework due date. The quality of the corrected submission determines 20% of each homework grade.

The lowest homework grade will be dropped.

Any exemptions to the policy require both TA and Professor approval.

Required Textbook

Integrated Microelectronic Devices: Physics and Modeling (1st edition), by J. A. del Alamo
ISBN-13: 978-0134670904

Reference Texts

Operation and Modeling of the MOS Transistor, 3nd ed., by Y. P. Tsividis and C. McAndrew, McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Fundamentals of Modern VLSI Devices, 2nd ed., by Y. Taur and T. H. Ning, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Modern Semiconductor Devices for Integrated Circuits, by C. C. Hu, Prentice Hall, 2010.

Solid State Electronics, 6th ed., by B. G. Streetman and S. Banerjee, Prentice-Hall, 2005.

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