ECE Course Outline

ECE4451

Semiconductor Devices for Wireless & Fiber Communication (3-0-3)

Prerequisites
ECE 3080/3450
Corequisites
None
Catalog Description
Advanced development of semiconductor device theory focusing on optoelectronic emitters, detectors, & high frequency transistors to provide an understanding of devices used in communications systems
Textbook(s)
Bhattacharya, Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices (2nd edition), 1998. ISBN 9780134956565 (required)

Topical Outline
I.  Basics of Optoelectronics
    A.  Absorption & emission of radiation
    B.  Generation & recombination events
    C.  Absorption length & spectral coverage
II.  Optoelectronic Emitters
    A.  LEDs
    B.  LASERs
    C.  Flat panel displays
III.  Optoelectronic Detectors
    A.  Photoconductors
    B.  MSMs
    C.  Photodiodes
    D.  APDs
    E.  Schottky diodes
IV.  Basics of High Frequency, High Power Devices
    A.  Basic transport issues
    B.  Nonstationary transport - velocity overshoot
    C.  Heterojunctions
    D.  Wide band gap semiconductors
V.  Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors
    A.  HBT operation
    B.  Phototransistors
    C.  High frequency operation
VI.  Field Effect Transistors
    A.  MESFET operation
    B.  GaAs MESFETs
    C.  High Frequency MESFETs
    D.  HEMTs