Simulation Methods

Instructor:Oleg Igorevich Rabinovich

Course Summary

The goal of the development of the course Simulation methods is to prepare professionals to solve problems in the modern professional scientific and production teams involved in innovative technology development to create new materials and devices of quantum electronics.

It is intended to form the foundation of the training of masters in the use of high-precision equipment, receiving the specified parameters of materials, including multicomponent nanoheterostructures, thin films and high-purity semiconductor materials and devices based on them (components and nanotechnology)

Purpose to teach:

  • to analyze structural and physical properties of a variety of inorganic semiconductor materials, and the ability to create on their basis the low-dimensional structures for devices of micro - and nanoelectronics;
  • to carry out calculations of electrical and optical characteristics of the various devices of micro - and nanoelectronics based on computer simulation

Course Format

Hours of lectureHours of discussionHours of independent studyTotal numbers of hours

Please note that students are expected to study outside of class for three hours for every hour in class.

Course Content

The plan is to work through the following topics

  1. Physical basis of nanoheterostructures
    • The main statements of semiconductor physics and quantum mechanics.
    • The quantum potential wells.
    • Contact phenomena in solids.
    • Properties of p-n junction.
    • Polarizing effect
  2. Physical basis of semiconductor devices with quantum effects
    • Semiconductor diodes.
    • Bipolar transistors.
    • Field effect transistors
    • Optoelectronic devices.
    • Solar cells
  3. Applying simulation methods for nanoheterostructures and devices investigation
    • Models structure of single- and multi-component semiconductor materials.
    • Simulation of the dispersion processes of solids and thin film structures
    • Simulation of the devices and nanomaterials properties

Reading List

  1. J. Piprek; Nitride Semiconductor Devices. Principles and Simulation; Wiley; 2014
  2. Angus Rockett; The Materials Science of Semiconductors; Springer; 2014
  3. Harald Ibach, Hans Lüth; Solid-State Physics. An Introduction to Principles of Materials Science; Springer; 2014
  4. Peter Y. Yu, Manuel Cardona; Fundamentals of Semiconductors. Physics and Materials Properties; Springer; 2014
  5. H. Morkos; Handbook of Nitride Semiconductors and Devices; Wiley; 2014

Homework Assignments

Six assinments distributed evenly through out the term. They include theoretical questions on numerical methods and small modelling problems.


Class participation10%
Homework assignments30%
Midterm course work20%
Final exam40%