To learn device physics in practice and to make use of theoretical knowledge that is obtained during the whole course. The student will get some notion about (parts of) the chain of development of the device: Computer simulation, device design, device realization and analysis.
Depending on the number of students the project is subdivided into several topics:
In the project groups of students will be formed in which students collaborate during the execution of the project.
- The photodiode project (or “device physics practicum”). The students will perform several device simulations on a silicon photodiode. Based on this study the students will then perform several experiments in the MESA+ Nanolab to realize silicon photodiodes. Those diodes will then be measured.
- The Micro-Electro Mechanical System (MEMS) design project. The students will perform several calculations and design a specific type of MEMS device. In the end, the students will measure their newly designed MEMS devices.
- The Haynes-Shockley project. The students will initially perform the Haynes-Shockley experiment on silicon samples to determine the transport properties. After that, a thorough analysis will be performed by using device simulations.
Finally, each group needs to write a report in which the students clearly describe their work and discuss their results. Maximum one week after the project of a group of students is officially finished then this particular group should deliver the report to the supervisor(s). This implies that the students should plan/divide the tasks such that this end goal (the report) has been reached.