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Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks. 2-3 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

INTRODUCTION TO SEMICONDUCTOR PHYSICS

Introduction to semiconductor physics : band structure of crystalline semiconducors, optical absorption and doping....
11 videos (Total 75 min), 3 quizzes
11 videos
2. Band structure6m
3. Band structure (cont.)7m
4. Optical absorption9m
5. Intrinsic semiconductors8m
6. Semiconductor doping7m
7. Carrier densities at thermal equilibrium9m
Worked Problem - Carrier Densities at Equilibrium5m
Appendix 15m
Appendix 23m
Appendix 33m
3 practice exercises
Quiz 18m
QUIZ 28m
Test: Semiconductor Physics
Week
2
1 hour to complete

TRANSPORT PHENOMENA : THE p-n JUNCTION

Transport phenomena in semiconductors : carrier injection by light and recombination; the equilibrium and non-equilibrium p-n junction; the photovoltaic effect...
9 videos (Total 70 min), 3 quizzes
9 videos
2. Carrier injection by light. Recombination8m
3. The equilibrium p - n junction9m
4. The non-equilibrium p - n junction11m
Appendix 14m
Appendix 26m
Appendix 36m
Appendix 45m
Worked Problem - Implied Open Circuit Voltage6m
3 practice exercises
QUIZ 16m
QUIZ 28m
Test - Quasi-Equilibrium
Week
3
1 hour to complete

ASYMMETRICAL DEVICES

Metal-semiconductor contacts and semiconductor surface; Heterojunctions...
5 videos (Total 38 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
2. Non-equilibrium metal-semiconductor contact5m
3. Ohmic contacts5m
4. The semiconductor surface - Heterojunctions10m
Worked Problem - Semiconductor Heterojunctions7m
2 practice exercises
QUIZ 18m
Test - Asymmetrical Junctions
Week
4
2 hours to complete

SOLAR CELL OPERATION

Solar Spectrum; solar cell Fundamentals; limitations of conversion efficiency; solar modules...
10 videos (Total 68 min), 3 quizzes
10 videos
2. Solar spectrum8m
Worked Problem - Total Irradiance7m
3. Solar cell fundamentals8m
Worked Problem - The I-V Characteristic5m
4. Multi-junctions - Conversion efficiency limitations7m
5. Solar cell optics10m
Worked Problem - Solar Cell under Concentration5m
6. From cell to module4m
Appendix 12m
3 practice exercises
QUIZ 18m
QUIZ 210m
QUIZ 38m

Instructors

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Pr. Bernard Drevillon

Professor at Ecole polytechnique
Former Director of the Thin Film Laboratory at Ecole polytechnique (LPICM)
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Erik Johnson

CNRS Researcher
Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces (LPICM)

About École Polytechnique

L’École polytechnique associe recherche, enseignement et innovation au meilleur niveau scientifique et technologique mondial pour répondre aux défis du XXIe siècle. En tête des écoles d’ingénieur françaises depuis plus de 200 ans, sa formation promeut une culture d’excellence scientifique pluridisciplinaire, ouverte dans une forte tradition humaniste. ...

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