Devices and MEMS


Qualifying Exam Syllabus

Choose 3 of the following 5 areas for examination.

Circuit Design:

  • CMOS analog circuits
  • Operational amplifiers
  • Switched capacitor circuits
  • Technologies: Low power CMOS, High frequency RF CMOS

Semiconductor Devices:

  • device physics (band theory, drift-diffusion-recombination)
  • pn-junction diode
  • bipolar junction transistor
  • MOSFET

VLSI and MEMS Microfabrication Techniques:

  • unit processes: diffusion, implantation, film growth, deposition, etching
  • common/modern CMOS process and fabrication flows
  • MEMS release processes

Principles of Micro Sensors and Transducers:

  • optical sensors
  • thermal sensors
  • pressure sensors
  • electrostatic transducers
  • thermal transducers

Photonics:

  • Fundamentals of Optics: Geometrical optics and matrix methods; Wave optics, superposition, and interference; Gaussian beam optics and lasers; Polarization; Photons and photons in semiconductors.
  • Semiconductor lasers, LEDs, and photodetectors
  • Passive waveguide devices: Optical waveguide structures; Modes in optical waveguides; Waveguide coupling; Modulators and Switches.