Physics of electronic devices and transmission lines

lelec1755  2023-2024  Louvain-la-Neuve

Physics of electronic devices and transmission lines
5.00 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Flandre Denis (coordinator); Oestges Claude;
The first part of the course outlines the tools required to solve electromagnetcs and transmission line problems and enables students to put these tools into practice. Much attention is paid to the process of modeling practical problems and their equationing. 
The second part dedicated to electronic devices uses a similar approach. The equations are adapted and simplified in the case of semiconductors. On this basis, the physics of usual semiconductor devices is equated and the results compared to their real characteristics. The validity conditions of simple models, their limits and second-order corrections are widely discussed.
Teaching methods
The course is organized around theoretical courses and exercise sessions.
Evaluation methods
The "transmission lines" part and the "electronic devices" part each count for half of the final mark. A mark equal to or higher than 10/20 in any of the two parts of the course entitles the student to an exemption for that part, but this exemption is only valid for the current academic year.
For the "transmission lines" part,
  • a test is normally (cfr. moodle) organised in November (exercises, with a form),
  • the exemption is acquired (but not mandatory) for a mark equal to or higher than 10/20,
  • the final mark for this part is the maximum between the mark obtained in the test and the mark obtained in January/August, as long as these marks are larger than or equal to 10/20.
For the "electronic devices" part,
  • intermediate evaluation : a non-compulsary test could (cfr. moodle) be organized (certain years) on the 2 first chapters of the part on "electronic devices" during the 2nd half of the semester and would count for 20 % of the note for this part at the exam, if favorable for the student.
  • the evaluation done at the written exam organized in the exam session concerns all the chapters and features a part of theory and one of exercises.
Online resources
Livre de référence pour la partie "lignes de transmission" : Engineering Electromagnetics, Hayt et Buck, McGraw Hill, 7e édition, ainsi que des extraits disponibles sur moodle.
Notes sur Moodle pour la partie "dispositifs électroniques". Quelques livres de référence sont disponibles à la BST :
« Physique des dispositifs semi-conducteurs », De Boeck Université, J.-P. Colinge et F. Van de Wiele
« Operation and modeling of the MOS transistor», Y. P. Tsividis, McGraw-Hill Book Company.
"Physics of semiconductor devices", S. M. Sze, Wiley.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Specialization track in Electricity

Master [120] in Physical Engineering

Minor in Electricity

Mineure Polytechnique