362.069 Semiconductor Physics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 3.0h, 4.0EC
Lecture TubeTUWEL


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to students are able to describe simple quantum mechanical systems such as one-dimensional potential pots or tunnel structures and to calculate the associated wave functions and energies. Furthermore, after positive completion, students are able to describe simple components such as diodes, tunnel diodes and light emitting diodes.


Subject of course

Fundamentals of atomic physics. Oscillations and waves: The Schrödinger equation. Origin of the energy bands. The wave nature of electrons. Diamond and zinc blende structure. The band structure of special semiconductors. Statistics of electrons and holes. Mobility and field current. Electron-photon interaction. Optical transitions in semiconductors. Mode of action of the pn-transition. Manufacture and types of pn diodes, bipolar transistors, field effect transistors.


Teaching methods

Physical attendance to the courses will be reserved to students who have registered themselves for the TUWEL-Course “Hörsaal- und Kohortenmanagement für die LVAs des 3. Semesters ETIT” (https://tuwel.tuwien.ac.at/course/view.php?id=41628), Password: “ET3SEM”. Please register for “Präsenzkohorte EI9”.

If you wish to attend online only, do not register.   This LVA iwill be hybrid, live from EI9 and streamed, streaming link on TUWEL. Exercise tests will be performed online. In addition, videos of the Lecture will be uploaded weekly and a link from TUWEL will be available. 

The TUWEL course will be visible starting October 4.

Exercise examples will be uploaded to TUWEL, a video showing a possible solution will be available a week later.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

Language: lecture in german

Exercises in either German or English; practice tests in German or English. Examination in German or English.



Course dates

Wed10:00 - 12:0006.10.2021 - 26.01.2022EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Semiconductor Physics - Single appointments
Wed06.10.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed13.10.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed20.10.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed27.10.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed03.11.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed10.11.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed17.11.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed24.11.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed01.12.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed15.12.202110:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed12.01.202210:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed19.01.202210:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung
Wed26.01.202210:00 - 12:00EI 9 Hlawka HS - ETIT Vorlesung

Examination modalities

The two exercise exams have to be positive to be allowed to the final exam.

The LVA examination can be taken either in writing at the end of the semester or orally. Oral dates are available for the registered dates on request by email, also in the summer months.

Examinations can be taken in German or English.


Course registration

Not necessary



lecture notes available

hand outs in TUWEL course 

A list of in-depth literature is provided in the script and handouts.

Previous knowledge

Knowledge of calculation rules for complex numbers, elementary functions (e.g. exponential and sine functions), differentiation, integration, polynomials (especially partial fractional decomposition and polynomial division). Basic knowledge of physics in mechanics, electrostatics, optics, knowledge of the atomic model.