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Modern integrated circuits consist of semiconductor structures like transistors and diodes. Such components will be given a physical description. The student will be introduced to electronic and optical processes in semiconductors and will use this knowledge to describe electronic components like transistors, photodiodes, solar cells and lasers. The students will make their own components in the laboratorium for micro- and nanotechnology at the University of Oslo.

Learning outcome

After the course, students should be able to:

  • explain the basic properties of semiconductor materials (bandgap, charge carriers, mobility, doping, Fermi level, conductivity, recombination and luminescense), and analytically calculate the operational flow and diffusion flow.

  • describe the behavior of a diode and analytically calculate contact potential, depletion zone, electric field strength, charge carrier distributions and current-voltage relationship.

  • explain the behavior of the field effect transistors and bipolar transistors, and use analytical models for these transistors to calculate the relationship between current and voltage.

  • describe the optical processes in semiconductor materials and explain the behavior of light-emitting diode, photo detector and solar cell. In particular, the student should be able to analyze a solar cell and calculate its electrical power.

  • practically make a Schottky diode on their own in the cleanroom and with support from others also make a metal-oxide field-effect transistor. The student should be able to measure the electrical components and evaluate their performance.

  • collect information on their own and evaluate new semiconductor materials and components with regard to photo voltaic and electronic applications.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)

  • Chemistry (1+2)

  • Biology (1+2)

  • Information technology (1+2)

  • Geosciences (1+2)

  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must be taken earlier than the first mandatory laboratory in FYS2210:

Overlapping courses


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Physics has to be informed no later than the same day (e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course extends over a full semester with 34 hours of lectures and 27 hours of problem solving. There is compulsory lab work, composed of five labs lasting four hours each, with one common compulsory lab-report. The mid-term exam and lab-report must be completed and approved in order to be eligible for the final oral exam.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Written mid-term exam, 3 hours, weighted 20%.

Lab-report, weighted 20%.

Final oral exam, weighted 60%.

You must have passed the mid-term exam and the lab-reports to be eligible to sit the final oral exam.

Examination support material

Examination support material allowed at the midtterm examination:

Øgrim og Lian: "Størrelser og enheter i fysikk og teknikk"

Rottman: "Matematisk formelsamling"

Approved calculator

Sheet of formulae that will be handed out at the exam.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 1, 2022 3:32:38 AM

Facts about this course


The course is last held autumn 2019


Examination is last held autumn 2021

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