|| PH33710 |
|| SCIENCE OF SEMICONDUCTOR APPLICATIONS |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr Andrew Evans |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Dr Keith Birkinshaw, Dr Tudor Jenkins |
|| PH24510 , PH33610 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 22 lectures |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || Example classes and tutorials |
|| Continuous assessment || /test || 20% |
|| Exam || 2 Hours end of semester examination || 80% |
In combination with Semiconductor Physics, the Semiconductor Applications module will not only provide students with an understanding of the physics underlying semiconductor devices and applications but also introduce them to the processing of semiconductors to produce devices.
1) wafer production - single crystal
2) wafer processing - lithography
4) device preparation
5) the VLSI design process
There will be an optional integrated circuit design experiment in the third year advanced laboratory class to reinforce (4) above and give a literacy in computer aided design (CAD) tools.
After taking this module students should be able to:
understand the complete route from the production of semiconductor substates and thin film structures to the production of packaged electronic devices
critically analyse the technical issues involved (size, cost, power consumption etc.) in the production of an integrated device.
design a simple digital circuit and layout the design using CAD tools.
Additional learning activities
Visits to other academic/industrial centres within Wales and the UK to view facilities for design, production and testing of semiconductor devices.
Introduction to science of semiconductors and microelectronic technology.
Physics and chemistry of bulk semiconductor growth. Epitaxial growth of thin films.
oxidation, insulating films; lithography (optical, x-ray, electron-beam, ion-beam); etching (wet chemical, plasma, reactive ion); dopant diffusion, ion implantation; metallisation.
Physics of electron, ion and photon interaction with matter.
Bulk and thin film characterisation techniques:
electrical (conductivity, mobility), optical (reflectance, luminescence), compositional (spectroscopy, microscopy), structural (diffraction, scanned probe).
Statistical process control, quality control analysis:
Device electrical testing, VLSI testing.
Circuits: digital circuits, linear circuits, U and VLSI, gate arrays, ASICS.
Circuit design, VLSI design.
Device/circuit computer simulation.
DV Morgan and K Board.
An Introduction to Semiconductor Microtechnology. J Wiley ISBN 0471924784
I Brodie and JJ Murray.
Physics of Microfabrication. Plenum ISBN 0306408635
Physics and Applications of Semiconductor Microstructures. Oxford ISBN 019851994X
N Weste and K Eshraghian.
Principles of CMOS design. ISBN 0201082225