Master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering

Master's degree in Computer Science and Engineering

The Physics of Integrated Devices (2020/2021)

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Alessandro Romeo
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Teaching is organised as follows:
Activity Credits Period Academic staff
Teoria 5 I semestre Alessandro Romeo
Laboratorio 1 I semestre Alessandro Magalini

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Learning outcomes

The course provides the physical working principles of semiconductor devices, p/n junctions, FETs, MOSFETs, LEDs and of the logic gates fabricated through the planar technology of integrated circuits. At the end of the course the student must demonstrate to have assimilated the physical principles of operation of a semiconductor, a p/n junction and electronic devices such as transistors. This knowledge will enable the student to: i) assemble different types of transistors in circuits by making electronic devices; ii) construct a simple integrated circuit system with the ability to choose between the different devices to be inserted in the circuit; iii) to master the physical phenomena linked to basic devices of integrated circuits in order to know and understand the different behaviours of each circuit based on the set electrical parameters. At the end of the course the student will be able to: i) interface the software structure with the hardware devices knowing the basic methods of operation of the electronic circuits; ii) understand the programming of hardware systems with greater depth.


Thin film properties.
Thin film deposition techniques:
Thermal evaporation
Chemical vapor deposition
Atomic layer deposition
Deposition by pulsed beams
Spin coating
Sol gel
Characterization of films
Biomedical applications for thin films.
Thin film photovoltaic cells.

Assessment methods and criteria

The final test will be an oral exams on the topics covered in the lectures.
Specifically a small report (thesis) on a specific topic developed in the course, for example a particular device and/or sensor. The student will present his work by an oral presentation (for example in power point) where questions on the basic physics principles of semiconductors and of electronic devices might arise.
ATTENTION: the only delivery of the specific thesis without having demonstrated to know the topics explained in the lectures, therefore without the ability to answer comprehensively to the simple questions during the oral exam, cannot be considered sufficient to pass the exam.

Reference books
Activity Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Teoria Luciano Colombo Fisica dei Semiconduttori Zanichelli 2018 978-88-08-52054-8
Laboratorio Luciano Colombo Fisica dei Semiconduttori Zanichelli 2018 978-88-08-52054-8

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