Microelectronics and Nanophotonics
Rhedir gan School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Semester 1 a 2
Trefnydd: Dr Mohammed Mabrook
This module covers the basic elements of electronic and optical physics that will enable module participants to understand the operational principles of modern semiconductor-based electronic and photonic (optoelectronic) devices and systems.
The theory of semiconductors and advanced aspects of microelectronic device technology be will presented, including the characteristics of microelectronic devices such as diodes and transistors under DC and AC excitation. The structure and properties of BJT and MOS circuitry such as inverters and memory components will also be studied.
Students will be introduced to the nanophotonics in the context of integrated photonics and silicon photonic chip technology together with their application to optical telecommunications. They will also learn the principles of light propagation (ray optics and wave optics) photonic waveguide devices such as modulators, optical properties of materials, photonic detectors and light generation, including light emitting diodes and lasers.
The module lectures will be augmented with laboratory sessions, in-class practical demonstrations and tutorials.
Indicative content includes:
- Review of semiconductors, p and n type doping
- Charge carrier transpost (e.g., drift, diffusion and generation-recombination mechanisms). Majority and minority carriers and minority carrier lifetime
- The Hall effect.
- p-n junction diodes operation explained in terms of energy band diagrams. Derivation of I-V characteristics of diode.
- Device fabrication technology for microelectronics and nanophotonics
- I-V characteristics of bipolar junction transistors.
- Punch-through, avalanche and Zener breakdown processes.
- Band diagrams for ohmic and rectifying contacts. Role of metal work function.
- The MOS capacitor. The MOSFET. Frequency response of the MOS capacitor. The mode of operation of a MOSFETs.
- MOSFET scaling; different scaling methods and the development of FINFETs, MESFET, JFET, Hetero-junctions and HEMT.
- Basic MOS circuitry, characterisation of inverter circuits; MOS-based memory elements
- Principles of light, ray optics and electromagnetics waves
- Polarisation and power reflection/refraction laws
- Optical interference as related to diffraction gratings, interferometers and resonators
- Optical waveguides, optical fibres and nanophotonic chips.
- Photons and the particle model of light. Optical properties of semiconductors
- Light detection, photovoltaics and solar cells
- Light emitting diodes, optical gain, population inversion and lasers
Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.
Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.
Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.
Related concepts in microelectronics and nanophotonics to explain the operation of semiconductor-based photonic devices such as solar cells, LEDs and lasers.
Explain and analyse the operation of pn junction diodes and bipolar transistors including device breakdown.
Illustrate the properties and operation of MOS-based devices, including the fabrication processes necessary for building these devices.
Understand the general principles of light (ray, wave and photon models) and use these to quantitatively analyse and explain concepts such as Fresnel refraction/reflection, diffraction, interference, resonance and waveguide modes.
Understand and explain the origin of drift, diffusion and generation-recombination in semiconductor devices and critically evaluate their contributions to the total device current.
|LLYFR LOG NEU BORTFFOLIO||Laboratories||
Final submission of lab experiments
|PRAWF DOSBARTH||Class Test 1 Nano/Microelectronics||
Class test covering the first 6 weeks learning outcome
|ARHOLIAD||Semester 1 final exam||
S 1 final exam
|ARHOLIAD||Semester 2 final exam||
S 2 final exam
|PRAWF DOSBARTH||Class Test 2 Nano/Microelectronics||
Microelectronics class test for the first 6 weeks of semester 2
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Laboratory sessions for electronic and optical experiments. Includes finite element (e.g., COMSOL) simulations. (3hrs x 3 sessions.)
2 hour lectures over 24 weeks (over two semesters)
Tutor-directed private study including preparation and revision.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Identify emerging technologies and technology trends;
- Apply underpinning concepts and ideas of engineering;
- Apply knowledge and understanding of the specialist cognate area of electronic engineering in an international context;
- Solve problems logically and systematically;
- Assess and choose optimal methods and approaches for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of engineering solutions.
- Analyse and display data using appropriate methods and mathematical techniques;
- Demonstrate familiarity with relevant subject specific and general computer software packages.
- Demonstrate an awareness of current advances and contemporary approaches in the discipline and have strategies for keeping that awareness current;
- Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
- Use of such knowledge in modelling and design
- Problem solving strategies
- Development of general transferable skills
- Knowledge and/or understanding of appropriate scientific and engineering principles
- Knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles
- Knowledge and understanding of computational modelling
- Principles of appropriate supporting engineering and scientific disciplines
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- H621: BEng Electronic Engineering with International Experience year 2 (BENG/ELEIE)
- H611: BSc Electronic Engineering year 2 (BSC/ELE)
- H63B: BSc Electronic Engineering (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BSC/ELE1)
- H622: BSc Electronic Engineering with International Experience year 2 (BSC/ELEIE)
- H601: MEng Electronic Engineering (4 yrs) year 2 (MENG/EE)