ECE 535 Theory of Semiconductors and Semiconductor Devices

Fall 2021
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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·       Jean-Pierre Leburton

·       Office: MNTL 1258

·       Phone: (217)333-6813

·       Email:

·       Office hours: Wednesday 2-3 pm at MNTL1258 and via Zoom

Teaching Assistant:

·       Irene Xiong

·       Email:

·       Office hours: Thursday 2:00-2:50 pm via Zoom: ECE535 TA Office Hour

Course description:
Introductory quantum mechanics of semiconductors; energy bands; dynamics of Bloch electrons in static and high-frequency electric fields;
equilibrium statistics; scattering and transport theory, diffusion and drift; principles of p-n junctions, heterojunctions and transistors.

Senior level course in atomic physics or quantum mechanics.

Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00-1:50 pm

Place: 1013 Electrical & Computer Engineering Building and via Echo360

Credit: 4 credits

Course Policies:
Homeworks are usually assigned on Fridays and due on the next Friday to Compass2g. For late homework, please see Prof. Jean-Pierre Leburton in person.


Karl Hess, Advanced Theory of Semiconductor Devices, IEEE Press 2000. [required]

C. M. Wolfe, N. Holonyak Jr and G.E. Stillman, Physical Properties of Semiconductors, Prentice Hall Publication [recommended]


20% Homework + 30% Term Project + 50% Final Exam

Check your grade at Compass2g


HW1  due: Sept 3rd Solution

HW2  due: Sept 10th Solution

HW3 due: Sept 17th Solution

HW4 due: Sept 24th Solution

HW5 due: Oct 1st Solution

HW6 due: Oct 8th Solution

HW7 due: Oct 15th Solution

HW8 due: Oct 22nd Solution

HW9 due: Oct 29th Solution

HW10 due: Nov 5th Solution

HW11 due: Nov 12th Solution

HW12 due: Dec 6th Solution

Term Project:

Topics: TBD

AUTHORSHIP: Collective work by 2 students.

Topic: A current and original research issue in semiconductor electronics relevant to or making use of topics discussed in class
The topic must be selected from the list above. Each group of 2 students must work on a different topic from other groups in the above list and not a part of your MS/PhD research! Topic selection will be approved by Prof. Leburton on the first-come-first-serve basis.

To be avoided: electronic or optical device fabrication and processing issues, materials issues, pure theoretical or mathematical issues such as quantum computing, etc.

FORMAT: 4 pages APL style report, well balanced by a few equations illustrating the concept, a paragraph of introduction and motivations and a few figures describing the problem with results commented in the text. The report should be a synthesis of several papers on a specific subject with personal conclusions by the authors. It should have an abstract, and be clearly presented with clear and readable figures. A paper full of equations or copied from existing literature is prohibited; so is a wordy paper without equation or figures.



Final Exam: 

Sample final

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